r e n & d a x

fixin' for a hitchin'

utah and et cetera

For my recent bday we went road-tripping across the desert to far off places.  Our final destination was Moab, UT, with stops to Las Vegas, Bryce Canyon Nat’l Park, and then Vegas again.

Our first layover in Vegas

DSC_0251Then back on the road to “The Show Me State”.  OK, I don’t know if that’s right*…

DSC_0258We explored Arches Nat’l Park and set up our base camp in Moab.

Turret Arch

DSC_0278 DSC_0280Hiking around the base of and into South Window Arch

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DSC_0317 DSC_0307 DSC_0301Then a long hike up to the Delicate Arch viewing area

DSC_0337 DSC_0339 DSC_0343 DSC_0355 DSC_0358 DSC_0367The next day we were able to actually hike up to Delicate Arch.  Side note:  if you are ever at Delicate Arch during sunset, make sure you better not get in the way of anybody’s photography.  Sunset is apparently the best time to photograph the Delicate Arch.  The crowds are tough there.  They boo’d a little girl for getting too close to the arch.  Not even kidding.

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Balanced Rock and the Three Gossips DSC_0429 DSC_0422

This is the arch I discovered.  I named it Tiny-ass Arch


We also took a Hummer tour and met some rich, drunk UtahiansDSC_0418 DSC_0417 DSC_0407 DSC_0387On the way home we made stops in Bryce Canyon Nat’l Park and a couple nights in LV, again.

DSC_0518 DSC_0523 DSC_0525 DSC_0536 DSC_0538*The Beehive State, actually.  For reals.


bowling night

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dad and lucy’s birthday

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honeymoonin’ (part two)

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honeymoonin’ (part one)

We did it!  Married ourselves our best friends.  Then off it was to the Columbia River Gorge.  We went glamping (it’s real) in Carson, WA, and tore up the little town of Portland, OR.

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a gentlemen’s retreat




This gentlemen’s retreat started with a night in Palm Springs:  steak dinner at LG’s Prime Steakhouse followed by kalokohan at the Ace Hotel/Swim Club.  That night/morning we had IHOP for dinner/breakfast.  After waking we headed over to Cheeky’s for brunch, where our intentions were questioned by an unassuming gentleman (who I am assuming was gay).  Walmart, Lowes, Interstate 10, then about 45 minutes later we found ourselves at Joshua Tree NP’s south entrance.  We spent the night at a group site in Cottonwood Springs campground.  More kalokohan, a visit from two park rangers, and 30-degree weather sums up the night.  The next morning we headed home for Christmas parties.  Happy holidays!

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CFG holiday party

Photos from Crossfit Ganbatte‘s annual holiday party, offered without comment.

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NYC, part last

Tearing up New York town with friends.

moar of NYC

A ton of photos from our recent trip to NYC.

Moar later.

giselle and michael get married

Cousin Michael married his Giselle last Saturday!

Ritz Carlton in Dana Point, 7 Degrees in Laguna Beach