July 26th, 2007

Weird Al -- with me

stupid technology

I hate this laptop. I was all ready to start posting photos from my vacation but it seems I won't be doing that tonight since the computer is super slow.
ACK!

So, I guess tomorrow after it's had a chance to cool down and rest. I swear this computer gets super hot really quickly, piece of crap.

I can't wait to buy my own laptop!

On a completely unrelated note, is there a mood theme out yet that includes the chapter art for DH? Or do any of you know of one being planned? I must have DH mood chapter art as part of my mood theme! *thinks of chapter art for Kings Cross*

Oh, I'll probably start re-reading it Friday so check around then for my reviews =3
Weird Al -- with me

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Alright, so I'm finally going to start posting the vacation photos. I'm going to post them by day, except for the animal photos which were taken over the course of the vacations. The animal photos get their own post!

This post is July 10, the drive up!

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Weird Al -- with me

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Alright, this batch is July 11th.

Mom and I were to head directly to the coast because it's been way too long since we got to see the Oregon coast. I was a tiny little kid when I went last time.

So we started driving towards the coast and I got all excited and giddy over the forest we went through on the highway. I wanted to take a forest road to actually go into it so I kept an eye out. Finally I found one so I made mom drive and stop frequently so I could take pictures, breath the lovely air, and listen to the sounds of forest. I could have spent hours there but we really had to get to the coast :P

Here's some of the forest shots!

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Alright so after all that we finally got on our way to the coast. We got to the city of Florence and decided to get a bite to eat. We stopped at an A&W (got served in our car!). When we tried to turn the car on after paying the car wouldn't start! Mom had taken the car to Honda the week before to get everything checked so she was pretty pissed. She called AAA to get towed to the nearest place to check over the car...which was right down the street. Well they found out it was the battery and it needed to be replaced. They didn't have the battery so they called places around the area and nobody had it. My uncle called this place that's similar to a Pep Boys and they did have it. The guy at the garage didn't call them, he only called other small businesses. I understand that, he doesn't like them taking his business. He did help us as much as he could.
So we get the battery replaced and do as much of the coast as we could. We went to Devil's Elbow and saw the lighthouse there. We also went to the world's largest sea cave and also saw some sea lions. We had to pay for that, you go down and there are two paths, one leading to the cave and one leading to the cliff overlooking the sea lions. Only I did it, it was a steep climb and mom couldn't do that. Photos of that are included.

After all that we headed back to Eugene and had a lovely dinner of salmon and pasta. Yum! My aunt cooks a mean salmon. Ben and I basically ignored everybody and chatted. Well, we didn't ignore people, that would be rude! We took part in the other conversation but we talked to each other a lot. After dinner we hunt out, looking at stuff online.

Anyway, here's the coast photos!

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Alright, no photos for the 12th of July. We basically just went shopping. Mom, my aunt, my cousin Dayna, and myself. I got some nice clothes and went into Barnes & Noble to pick up some magazines (DETAILS for example). The cashier was a Potter and Dan nerd so we chatted, heehee!

On the 13th we went to the bridges like I said.

On the 14th, we went to Kings Resort Winery. We went with my uncle and my aunt. I saw a deer on the drive up, eating somebody's vegetable garden. I bet they weren't too happy! I got my camera out in case of more wildlife. Two minutes later I saw a dead doe :(

So we went to the winery and did some wine tasting. It was fun! I didn't get drunk but I did get really hot haha. I liked the dessert wines, so tasty! We bought a few bottles of wine and took them home with us. After that we had lunch at their restaurant, sooo good! The view was breathtaking. Before we left we stopped at the little gift shop. I got myself a fridge magnet of a white owl. I found this lotion that I just love, lemon and lavender. I don't like a lot of lotions because to me it's very greasy and I can tell it's there. The lotions that aren't like that usually smell horrible to me, I'm very sensitive to perfumes, lotions, any artificial smell. This lotion smelled good and didn't feel gross on me, so I got it. My skin feels great and I can see myself ordering some from the winery if they have a website.
We didn't go on a tour of the place, we've done that already in California.

Then we headed home. I saw wild turkeys! Didn't get any shots of them.

That night was Ben's show; All Shook Up. He was brilliant! He can carry his voice so well, his dancing was great, and I just love listening to him sing. I wasn't being biased enough to see flaws and when he asked for my honest opinion I told him that he has room to improve but that he came such a long way. I was so proud of him ^__^
We were supposed to watch a movie that night because he's usually wired after his shows but he was tired that night. So I went into my room to do some last minute internet stuff before bed. I hear a knock at my door and at first I thought it was mom but she wouldn't bother knocking.
It was Ben, he couldn't sleep. We chatted while I showed him some of my favorite fanart. mudblood428 and reallycorking, if you're reading this; he found you both to be very talented and loved your work :)
I talked to him about the joys of Drarry (he was interested, moohahahaha) and he hijacked the keyboard to say hello to my soul sistah imonsie.
After that I turned off the computer and we both sat on my bed just talking about various things. I told him stuff I haven't told anybody and vise versa. After that he went back to his parent's room (mom had his room) to sleep.

So that was nice, some quiet bonding time for us :3

Anyway, photos!

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Alright no photos from the 15th.

We went shopping (again) on the 15th. I picked up a copy of The Day After Tomorrow for Ben. Well, it's for all of them but he's the one that loves the movie.
So after that, we headed back to the house for a few hours. I watched some cartoons with Dayna while Ben napped.

After that, we went out to dinner. I had some calamari. I usually hate that stuff, so chewy and icky but I liked theirs. Ben drove one of the cars home (he had to practice). Oh, before I forget, he passed last Friday :D

Anyway, after that the two of us settled down to watch The Day After Tomorrow. It was great, we used each other as pillows and since we've both seen the movie many times and we're both weather nerds, we basically broke down the movie and snarked at it. Hee!

After that he went online while I started to pack. He eventually went to bed and I went into my bed and read some of Half Blood Prince while texting back and forth with various people.
After about a half hour Ben knocks and tells me his can't sleep. Now, this is why this particular post is friend's only, I don't want certain people reading this.

We talked a little bit while I continued to text and I told him he could stay as long as he wants until he gets sleepy. So I lie down and he decided to join me in the bed. We lie together just talking and hehe eventually gets groggy but doesn't want to leave in case the walking wakes him back up. So I offer him the bed and I can sleep the floor on the on couch in the living room. Well he doesn't want that, we're cousins and we're close so why not? So we shared the bed that night, under the covers. Perfectly innocent but I didn't dare mention it in front of Adam if I ever saw him because he would find it freakish. He did find out and he did call it freakish, called me a freak and Ben told me he called him up to bitch at him (this was a few days ago).

Well, Ben got up before me and woke me up so we could eat breakfast together. I'm glad it wasn't awkward since it was purely innocent.
I wasn't hungry yet so I sat with him while he had breakfast (rice). His mom came down and we all chatted. Ben spotted a spider and started to kinda freak out. He was talking about killing it and his mom goes "spiders kill mosquitoes". Heh, he got a cup and paper and started to brace himself and got the spider in the cup. He was freaking out over the size and I ask him to see it. Well, I didn't tell him that he was carrying a poisonous hobo spider. I don't think he would have liked to hear that while he was carrying it. He released it in the yard and came back in.

It came time for him to head to math camp so we said our goodbye's (we were leaving that day). It was sad, I knew I wouldn't see him for at least four months. The next time I see him will probably be November when they come down here for the unveiling of Grandma's marker. So I was getting kind of teary and he gave me one of his really tight hugs. Mom told me later his hug for her wasn't as tight, hehe made me feel loved :P

I have french toast with my aunt and wait for my mom to come downstairs. My aunt gets to talking and when she starts it's hard for her to stop. We wanted to get out by 10...it was after 11 when we finally headed out. We stopped at Dutch Brothers for coffee and headed out.

We took the coastal route even though we knew it would take much longer to get home. Takes about a hour to get to the coast and we head south. We stopped in a small town for a bite to eat and I see this half sunken boat that I just had to get a picture of. Then we started driving again.

We stopped for the night in Eureka, California (I got a picture of the "Welcome To California" sign!).

The next morning we start to head out. I want to go to to the Northern California coast so we take a small road. It goes through this adorable old style town and we take a road past some farms (cows and horses again, actually got shots of them from that). I saw some vultures, most likely turkey vultures. We also saw a doe in a field grazing. We stopped the car and I tried to get out very quietly but she heard me. I got two shots of her when she was bounding into the forest.

We get to a beach and I take some photos.

On the drive back we see two baby deer!!!! They are just wandering around the road so we have to stop. I take advantage of this by taking a lot of photos of them. I wanted to go out and pet one but I know better ;)
we think the doe that bounded away was their mum, I hope they found her! Probably did. We saw this farmhouse that was destroyed, took a photo of that haha.

Then we're on the road again. We go through Humboldt Country State Redwood Forest, wee!!! REDWOODS!!!! It was gorgeous driving through those trees and we stopped at various points for me to take photos. I was wearing sandels so I was extra cautious of the poison ivy. I took a forest path and walked along it for a few minutes (we really were in a rush) and enjoyed the sounds and smells. We found a patch of berries with a sign from the Park Service saying they were edible. So mom tries one...way too sour. I don't even bother trying hehe. My camera battery started to flash but I knew if I were careful, it would last until we got home. Usually the drive taking the coastal route is three days, but we planned on heading inland around San Fransisco so it would take a little less.
Anyway!
We stopped at a tourist trap, the only one we stopped at! Had some redwood burl (growths of wood you are allowed to harvest) trinkets. It was in Bigfoot country, haha! I kept a lookout for Bigfoot but only saw a Bigfoot Xing sign and some wooden ones. I got a redwood necklace, some keychains (I collect keychains), and some other stuff. Yeah, we spent money at a tourist trap haha.
Then we stopped at Avenue Of The Giants which is a 25 mile stretch of road going through redwood forest. We didn't take it the whole way but I got my fix and got some lovely shots if I do say so myself.

After that we headed out we stopped at a sign so I could read about the forest. I heard gunshots, about 5 of them. My mind flashed back to the doe and the two fawns back around Eureka. Kind of depressed me, ah well.

After that we started driving for home again. We took the junction in San Rafael (hi Kelli!). We had to go over the San Rafael Bridge and I saw San Fransisco from my window! Haha, I got way too excited about that considering I've been to that city quite a number of times xD

So we get stuck in terrible traffic between the 101 and the 5 (coastal and inland interstate highway). Suddenly it clears and we're on our way. We went through some 'high gust' areas and you could feel the car being jolted by high gusts. We stopped for dinner in the same place we stopped on the way up. At night I put the seat down and just looked at the stars through the window, so many stars! I saw the Bat Symbol and Alfred Hitchcock :P

We got home around 12am.

Now, before I post pictures I gotta share a story Ben told me. We saw Order of the Phoenix on the 12th. When we got home, Ben was letting the cat in and he said he saw a shadow of a human figure dash into the bushes. Well, we both go out (he's behind me, lol big brave boy) and I see a human shape across the street..just...standing there! Kinda like that scene in the original Halloween where Michael Myers is standing across the street before he comes to kill Lauri....!!!!
Um...so yeah, that thought was flashing through my mind so I grab him and yank him back in the house. We watch through the window...and then the shape is gone. O.O
He tells me about his friend. Three weeks prior (four weeks now), his friend was jogging in a park three minutes by car from Ben's place. A guy in a Scream mask comes running out of the trees brandishing a knife. A lady in a car pulls in front of her and says "get in!". They take photos with their phones while driving away and contact the police, they never found the guy. Well I got a bit freaked when he told me that...but the guy was gone. *shudder*
So I had to share that terror with you. Neither of us slept too quickly that night!

So..pictures!!! Most were taken from Eureka on but a few were taken the day we left.

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