Well I’m kind of crossing off another one on the CinnaList. Well half of it anyway.
Check out my new baby.
Thanks to my wonderful mom who can’t help but celebrate my birthday in January! (its next month for those of you who don’t know. The 23rd to be exact. Go ahead and get a pen and write it down.)
So I say half of it is crossed off because the item itself was a two parter.
Get a new camera and teach myself how to use it.
So one of those is done but I still have no idea how to use it. Well, I read the little book that comes with it, so I can technically operate it, but the functionality is so far waaaay beyond my skill level. BUT I am determined. And I am smart (I like to tell myself I am anyway) and I bought a book and I have blog friends who know how to use these guys. One of them (thanks Joanna) already pointed me to a fantastic resource in this blog. I read through all of her photography posts on Sunday night and I already feel 63% smarter!
I took my new friend out for a little spin around the living room and neighborhood last week and want to share some of my snaps. Then I will tell you about our weekend adventure.
Thoughts? I know I have a lot to learn!!
Ok, so on Saturday we went and sat in hot water in the middle of snow. Sound interesting? Read on.
Paul found out about some hot springs up near Bishop (about 2 hours north of us) from a co-worker. We put on our swim suits, sweat pants, jackets and hats and headed out for an adventure.
Along the way we stopped in Lone Pine where there is a great view of Mt. Whitney, which is the highest summit in the contiguous United States. It is a mere 84 miles from the lowest point in the United States which is at Badwater in Death Valley.
Now you can impress people at parties. You’re welcome.
Then we stopped in Bishop and had lunch at the famous bakery. Lots of people have told us about this place, so we HAD to check it out. It did not disappoint. Well actually it did, b/c there was a big sign on the door that said, “No photography inside” BOOOO. And I had my new camera locked and loaded.
I DID take pictures of my food. I figured they couldn’t yell at me for that could they? And if so I would just tell them it was for an article I was writing. Totally not a lie.
Vegge sandwich with THREE (see them?) slices of Gouda (heaven) and a side of tater salad. Both were delish! We got some sweets for the road and went to find a place for the dogs to stretch their legs. Oh yeah…we brought the dogs with us.
We were at the stop light wondering which way to turn and then we looked across the street and there was a sign right in front of us that said DOG PARK with an arrow. Couldn’t have planned that better.
The pups made some friends and we had a great time watching them all run around.
After everyone took care of their business and got good and tired we headed out to the hot springs. In the middle of the snow.
No pics of me in the hot spring. No one wants to see that.
It was like 13 degrees outside, but the water was crazy hot. Like a hot tub. I kept asking where the jets were but Paul was ignoring me.
It was a little weird sitting in it because you couldn’t really see the bottom and it was kind of pebbly and muddy BUT nonetheless it was beautiful to be sitting out there in the middle of all that gorgeous snow and scenery. #verycool.
On our way home we stopped again in Bishop and had some chinese food. Then we stopped at the yarn store (what????) and then we found this deserted area so the boys could go and be boys.
Yep, the were shootin them guns. All manly like. I took pictures of sunsets and stayed in the car and crocheted. All lady like.
I lie. I did go out once and shoot the handgun once and the shotgun once. I didn’t want to show the boyz up with my awesome skillz though so I headed back to the car to keep the pups company and stay nice and warm while they finished with all their fun.
His eyes look crazy. But the hat looks good, right?
See that awesome cup in the background? That is my new Tervis Tumbler that I got for Christmas. I love that thing. Best. Cup. Ever.
What camera do you use?
Any tips or resources for me?
Have you ever been to a hot spring?
Are you excited to impress people at parties with your new fun facts learned in this post?