Sunday, July 23, 2006

California vacation photos

Serge arrived last Friday and we spent the weekend with family, hanging out here at my mom's house and also at the beach. We stayed at a nice hotel that I scored on Priceline.

Oh how I laughed when I opened the drawer in the hotel room. Spouse was confused as to why I was laughing so hard. He still doesn't really get it. (The "spirit" to serve, get it? Isn't Marriot clever?)

We had a good time at the Martini Bar at the hotel. The girl in the background poured us too many and this made for unremembered phototaking the next morning.

Spouse will surely insist that this comes off the blog when he wakes up and sees it.

Then on Monday, we headed up the coast to Big Sur.

(The 405 freeway didn't want us to get there very quickly though. Can I just complain bitterly for a moment about the torture that is driving on that godawful 17 lane monstrocity. I hate it because no matter the day or time, the promise of fast driving was foiled by TOO MANY CARS. In fact, the whole time I was in the states I felt like it was crowded. Everywhere we went, traffic and crowds. That is, until we got up to Big Sur country.)

A short walk up from our campsite.

A short walk down from our campsite. This was the resident Rock God looking over our campground beach. Oh and me in the foreground.

Stunning beauty everywhere.

Grassy hills and forested valleys with sharp cliffs meet the Pacific Ocean. I thought spouse looked cute in this one.

A nice one of us together.

Em knitted us scarves, and we modeled them for her.

Finally, our group photo from the trip. I think we all had great fun.

There are loads more pics, and lots of snippets in the journal so I'll delve into some of that this week. I missed everyone in blogland and will try to get caught up on blogs over the next few days.


r said...

ooo... great pictures. Were they taken with the new FABULOUS camera?

You look veddy handsome in the Rock God photo, but I like the scarves one better.

More stories please!

A Bear in the Woods said...

the closer you are to Serge, the bigger the smile. My heart crumbles into HappyDust to see you two together. especially the smiling.

Jack said...

Sounds like you had a blast!?

Really like the pic on the 2 of you in the woods.

Very nice.

Adam said...

Spouse is so patient with you. I'd be in so much trouble if I put a picture like that of me and my spouse up on the blog.

Big Sur looks gorgeous.

Spider said...

Don't you DARE let Serge take that pic down of you two - it is so cute - THAT is what vacations are all about! Looks like a wonderful time - Big Sur looks beautiful!

Polt said...

After seeing the bathroom and scarves photos, I am now convinced you two should venture on a side-career of being superstar, international models.

LOVED the photo of you two int he woods...very sweet.

Can't wait to see more!

GayProf said...

Welcome Home, Torn! You and Spouse are looking good. It seems like you had a great time.

Lemuel said...

Thanks for sharing the pics - even the one that Serge may not like. It was precious! But the one in the forest captures it all. It is a beautiful pic of a beautiful relationship.

Thanks also for the pic of the night stand drawer. I got a huge laugh from the juxtaposition of the three books.

Jane said...

Can I move in with your mom?!


All the photos are.

Snooze said...

Too bad you were stuck in traffic, but it looks like it was completely worth it for the destination. What gorgeous photos!

Anonymous said...

Yeh I really liked all the pirctures. As I looked at the picture of the Rock God and then read the caption I was thinking it is so unlike Torn to boast like that, then I read the Rock god was in the background. Tell Serge he looks like a hottie in the shirtless picture. Oh, and so does Torn. No it wasn't added as an afterthought. I think you both are hotties.

CoffeeDog said...

Missed you too! Glad you had a nice vac :-)

Chunks said...

The Rock God looks so much like Michael Jackson's profile, it is creepy beyond words. You sir, look adorably handsome in that shot!

Could you and Serge be any cuter together?! And I am totally blown away by how organized you are, that you have already posted pictures in such a coherent manner to your blog makes me shake my head at my own state of terminal confusion.

I'm glad you had a great time and I look forward to more pics and snippets!

toobusyliving said...

I just got home from a weekend at Madamerouge's parents farm with Jimmy - we had a great time and I love your pictures - welcome home.

I saw the Excedrin PM - need more Imovane? LOL :)

St. Dickeybird said...

Wow, that looks like a fantastic holiday!

Jason said...

Looks like such a nice relaxing vacation. I so need one like that too.

Patricia said...

i must confess that when i saw the scarves pic, one thought came to mind: this is the part of sprockets where we dance

D e s i g n Girl said...

As always, your pictures are awesome. Glad you had such a good time.

Mark in DE said...

Thanks for sharing the photos! Here are my comments in the order in which the photos appear:
1. Your mom's house and pool are fab!
2. Does anyone ever really read the stuff in the night stand drawer?
3. 'M' is for 'Mmmmmmartini'.
4. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the mirror photo!!!
5. Big Sur proves bigger IS better.
6. What? Camping?
7. Ocean cliffs are majestic.
8. So are ocean sunsets.
9. Did Serge get constipated on the trip?
10. Great shot of you two with the lush green-ness in the back.
11. LOVE the scarf photo, too!!!
12. Very nice family shot.

I feel like I was on the trip with you! Welcome back,


dpaste said...

Marvy pics. I'm glad the shot of you two in the bathroom stayed up, very cute.

Joel said...

Looks like it was a great trip! Thanks for sharing the photos.

madamerouge said...

what did I tell you about hotel room bathroom mirrors?


epicurist said...

Great pics once again! glad you all had such a great memorable time.

The_Gay_Dude said...

Pics turned out really well....and u can tell u had fun! But sorry u still have that nasty virus!