Grand Canyon

One of the perks of traveling to Arizona for work so often for a couple years? Trips to the Grand Canyon!

I would drive from Phoenix to Flagstaff, and from Flagstaff to the South Rim of Grand Canyon….

There’s easy walking and hiking along the rim, with the expansive views of the Canyon around you. I like to go a little later around noon to miss the morning rush and watch the sunset.

DSC_8660As the sun goes down, the canyon sinks into shadows a piece at at time over the ridges….

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It’s the kind of place I keep wanting to visit again and again.

Capri, Italy

The Island of Capri is a ferry ride away from the seaside town of Sorrento on the Southern side of Italy where we stayed. We headed to the island bright and early on Monday with the sun just starting to warm the waters…

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We took a boat tour around the island and into the Blue Grotto, or Grotta Azzurra, a cave that shines bright blue due to the way the sunlight refracts up and through the water:

After seeing the island from around the edges, we headed up to the highest point via chair lift… my favorite part of the day!

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As you float up, you can take in views of the whole of Capri, the Bay of Naples with Mt. Vesuvius in the distance, and the bright sparkling Mediterranean water…

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From the top of Mt. Solaro, we hiked a meandering path all the way back down to the harbor. It took a few hours longer than we expected (bring lots of water if you give this a try), but the views were amazing the whole time.

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If you are in the Naples area and have time for an extra day trip, Capri is a beautiful stop. 🙂

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Positano, Italy

Positano is full of breathtaking views, Mediterranean sea breezes, and stairs. Lots and lots of stairs.

The bus that rides along the Amalfi coast can drops you off along the main road near the top of the town. Here you can see some amazing views from the high vantage point:

I walked down and down and down on my way to grab lunch by the beach….

And then enjoyed the beach all afternoon…

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Before beginning the walk back up stairs and street stairs and alley stairs all the way to the bus.

Worth it. 🙂

New Orleans, 1990

 

In 1990, New Orleans and me… we looked like this:

 

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Bourbon Street, 1990

 

This weekend, I’m Louisiana bound again. So we’ll see how much things have changed!

To set the mood, some New Orleans tunes: jazz, r&b, funk… you know the drill. I pulled together a few fave songs for the road. You can listen, too — just check out the playlist here: Down to New Orleans by Kate on Grooveshark

Any other New Orleans music suggestions out there? Let me know in the comments!

 

French Market, 1990

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I like to make pictures with film. But… I always take a while getting the film developed. And when I do bring it in? It’s full of surprise, long-forgotten photos.

So now it’s December, and I love the cold. But these fresh prints have me thinking about the warmth of the beach…

 
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…with water at the perfect temperature…

 
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…and kiteflying, because the wind was just right.

 
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Hope you’re enjoying a cozy winter and dreaming of warm summer days.

Has anyone ever heard of a ‘moon pie’ ??

The actual moon:

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The moon pie:

They’re both round. Only one is edible.

Moon pies are a big deal in Bell Buckle, Tennessee — home of the yearly RC Cola & Moon Pie Festival.

This very, very, very small town is also home to the Bell Buckle Cafe:
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Bell Buckle Cafe

Bell Buckle Cafe has an eclectic menu, which features some moon pie-infused specialties. The place is a lunar legend.

Rock on, moon gazers and moon pie lovers.

 

 

photos by pam hollingsworth

What I Really Learned in College

 
 

So, they handed me my degree last Monday.

Feels good! Feels weird…. Feels exciting.

College, on the whole, was an amazing 4 years for me. Studying history, economics, politics – I learned a lot from some inspiring professors.

But most importantly, I learned a lot from the examples set by those inspiring professors, and by my equally inspiring peers. Examples for being industrious, curious, tenacious.

 

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After graduating, I sat down and tried to think of what I had really loved about college. What made it special, and what I would miss. And I realized this:

The magic of college wasn’t in the classes I took or the places I hung out. For me, the magic was in the people I was surrounded by.

University is a unique scene. An array of people, all brought together from different backgrounds, in different disciplines, with different hopes and aspirations. In one place, you have the scholars, scientists, doctors, artists, and more – before they max out their potential and reach their goals. Here, in college, is where all of our paths cross.

So now our paths are starting to diverge, and that’s a good thing. As I embrace this new beginning, I look back on college as a great experience and opportunity.

I read a lot. I traveled a lot. I learned a lot.

But the best part was always the people.

Professors, classmates, roommates, family, friends, people I knew well, people I wish I knew better —

You guys are phenomenal, and with you, college was awesome.

 
 
With thanks,

Kate

 
 

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Washington, DC

Until last year, I had never been to the US capital. It was a place I’d always wanted to visit, but somehow never had the chance.

And now that I’ve seen it, I know that I love it. The people, the bustle, the food, the museums, the news crews – this city has a lot of excitement packed in.

There’s lots of marble everywhere…

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And neoclassical architecture…

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There are the famous monuments visible in the heart of the city…

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Downtown, the area is filled with tourists, souvenirs, activists, and food:

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I had a great time in DC! Have you been? What’s your favorite memory about a trip to the capital? : )