by gwen harlow

travel

Date Day: sea glass beach

Posted by on Apr 14, 2010 in photo, travel | 3 comments

The best thing I spotted on our date day at the sea glass beach in Hayward last week was an intact green bottle stopper.

Made in England/bottle stopper

p.s hi Paul, I found your dishes from when you were a boy!

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Spring first at Natural Bridges, Santa Cruz, California

Posted by on Mar 25, 2010 in photo, travel | 2 comments

Natural Bridges

[view larger because it is prettier that way]

Write-up forthcoming…how are you doing?

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January 30: flickr meetup on the coast

Posted by on Feb 1, 2010 in photo, travel | 1 comment

Saturday we went to a meetup of the San Francisco Bay Area flickr group down in Davenport, which is a tiny town a bit north of Santa Cruz. We got there an hour late but found them easily because there aren’t a whole lot of places a group twice the size of the town’s population can hide.

I didn’t take many photos, which is okay, I was really just there for the ocean. I could happily spend the rest of my life on California’s coast [incidentally, this best guidebook EVER]. It was 70° out when we left Oakland and about that when we got to the coast, I had on a 3/4 vintage jacket on that I had to take off because I was sweating.

We stood on top of a bluff like video stars, then spent awhile looking down a crumbling cliff at an inaccessible beach. We tightrope walked on the railroad, stopped by a lighthouse [where they have a hostel with private rooms, highly recommended!], then watched sunset at the tafoni tidepools at Pebble Beach [there are about 80 Pebble Beaches in California, this one is near Pescadero; the one you’re probably familiar is an hour or so south in Carmel]. So of course I have a sunset photo for you. Because you cannot get enough.

Sunset #4

Chad took tons of photos [though he’ll probably never go through them or post them, so you will just have to imagine]. I took a couple of him, this is him shooting and the dress I am wearing, which belongs to my friend Jen. It is the Target Rodarte mustard crepe and mesh dress, and I do not intend to return it because it is so, so, so cute.

Me in Jen's dress, Chad shooting

I also finally got a shot of the scarflet I made Chad for Christmas. I used a rugged thick slate wool, it is very manly! and a grey vintage German glass button that has some geometric trangulations on it, and I think the whole thing looks a little TNG, which is perfect because my boyfriend is the world’s biggest little Star Trek fan.

January 30: Chad and the scarflet I made him for Christmas

Here’s one of Chad’s photos [I went through and pulled out the ones of me, that is all you wanted to see anyway, right]. It is also of the sunset, and me. The temperature dropped like a rock in tandem with the sun, so most of the dress is covered by my half-dozen layers so you cannot see its glory but whatever. You can look it up online if you really care. I think it’s a pretty lovely photo.

Pebble Beach sunset by Chad

Bonus cliché shooting each other photos:

Chad, camera

Shootout!

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New Orleans Fashion

Posted by on Jan 26, 2010 in photo, travel | 0 comments

Kind of braindead lately [perhaps a bit waterlogged] and still on a post-game high, so I thought I’d share some of my photos of the awesome fashion we saw in New Orleans.

Polka dots at Harold ClarkeMannequin at Zotz cafe
Fifi Mahoney's #2
Supercutie!Baby baby baby
Googly-eyed
Red boots and 18 different pattersParasol that I would like to replicate
Parrothead
A-tisketWindow at Miss Claudia's

1. Harold Clarke, French Quarter 2. Zotz Café 3. Fifi Mahoney’s, FQ 4. Supercutie, Super Sunday 5. Baby baby, Super Sunday 6. French Quarter 7. Not sure about the rest of it but I love those boots 8. Everyone has a fancy parasol 9. Parrothead at Cafe du Monde 10. French Quarter 11. Miss Claudia’s exceptional vintage shop, Garden District

More photos from New Orleans

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Who Dat!

Posted by on Jan 25, 2010 in travel | 0 comments

SO ready to go on a road trip down to New Orleans next week.

photo and caption by Southernpixel

Who Dat!

AMBER ALERT!!!!! A Retirement home in Minnesota is looking for an elderly man that is off his medication. He is very Delusional he thinks he can play football. DESCRIPTION he is 6’2”tall 222lbs age- OLDER THAN DIRT. Goes by Farve Last seen in New Orleans wearing a Vikings jersey if see him please call 911 ASAP he needs HELP….

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Date Day: Half Moon Bay [again]

Posted by on Dec 21, 2009 in photo, travel | 0 comments

December 19: Subject

We went to see our friend George and his friend Lisa play in Half Moon Bay yesterday, sat and crafted and enjoyed the music and ate, then walked down Main Street [it’s a total little tourist town over on the coast, everything is kind of unnecessary and charming]. THEN we went to this artist enclave where Lisa’s dad rents a space to write in, it is this crazy set of wooden buildings the one guy started 40 years ago right on the shore, I have some photos that I will get around to. Really cool though. I daydream about the kind of life where people are always inviting me places like that. Oh, there are some photos here [the Miramar beach entries].

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Cafe au lait, $1.82, Cafe du Mond

Posted by on Dec 15, 2009 in photo, travel | 0 comments

Cafe au lait, $1.82, Cafe du Mond

Here’s one more folder of photos from our trip to New Orleans in March done, fourteen more to go. I might just finish by New Year’s.

This was our last full day in town, we did all kinds of things that I will get to the photos for soon! really!, the first of which was a stop at Cafe du Mond. [Come to think of it, stopping at Cafe du Mond was about the last thing we did that day, too. Stick out that video, it’s funny.]

I wish we had one here, not being able to get beignets and coffee at 3 a.m. is seriously, negatively affecting my quality of life.

And the only thing you can get for $1.82 any time of day here is a taco. Which is not a bad deal, but I need more coffee than tacos.

» All them New Orleans photos so far are here.

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New Orleans, Wednesday

Posted by on Nov 12, 2009 in photo, travel | 3 comments

I’ve been doing more New Orleans photos. According to my widget, it is 227 days since we came back.

Barq's and cup #2

This was the 25th. Two days before we left. I went for a photo walk with Gary. We drove out to St. Bernard Parish for these ridiculous po-boys [and Neapolitan cheesecake SAY WHAT!] while Chad and D went to the aquarium. A storm was coming in and blowing the signs sideways. There’s a really long stretch of the St. Bernard Highway where most everything is abandoned, malls with grass growing in the parking lot and marquees touting something that never happened from years ago. While everyone else went to the zoo, I rode up in the glass elevators then took the streetcar up to the end of the line then caught a bus across town ALL BY MYSELF and thrifted a little and sat in a café. Then headed over to meet everyone for sno-balls. We had dinner at the tiki place my sister recommended and it was delicious. Walked around the French Quarter some more. THEN went swing dancing at the rock ‘n’ bowl.

Flavors #2
No better place to be
Canal Street - Cemeteries
Cypress Grove Cemetery
Two po-boys can feed the entire block
The bathrooms
Bathroom, chandelier
Hot dancers #1
Ernie, Antoinette AND MOTHER-IN-LAW K-DOE

That chandelier’s in the bathroom at the rock ‘n’ bowl. That place was so awesome, I would totally hang out there all the time, there’s a bar and bowling and a live band and all kinds of retro goodnesss and people who dance and don’t give a shit about it. People are not like that so much here. The lack of self-consciousness is probably what I liked best about the people there.

Anyway. There are more photos from that day. I just have the 26th and the piddly bits of the 27th before we went to the airport and then I am done. Which means it’s time to go back. I miss it a lot.

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Canal Street – Cemeteries

Posted by on Nov 4, 2009 in photo, travel | 0 comments

I added some more New Orleans photos. Here.

Canal Street - Cemeteries

A ride in the Canal Street streetcar in New Orleans up to the cemeteries.

This was only seven months ago. I am going to finish editing these photos by the end of the year.

I am determined.

This was the day the kids went to the Audubon aquarium and zoo and I went off on my own. I checked out the hotel/mall to see about the glass elevator I’d spotted — it only went up 6 floors or something lame like that and was all smudgy. Then I waited for the Canal Street streetcar, rode it to the end of the line. There is a surprising amount of still-visible damage in parts of the city that are just outside the French Quarter and downtown/office-y looking, rows of broken windows in highrises, that sort of thing.

There are two cemeteries at the end, I didn’t get off there because I had to go meet everyone at the sno-ball place, so I rode back to S. Carrollton, got off there. As I was waiting at the bus stop, the sky opened up and it started pouring. It was my first real warm rain, I briefly experienced one in the 90s on one of those cross-country bus trips but this was the first full downpour I was out in. I still think it’s gross.

An older man and I talked while we waited, he was of the opinion that a lot of people took their FEMA money and squandered it, did not fix up the damage to their homes, bought new cars instead. The bus did not go directly down S. Carrollton, a main street, but veered off into the neighborhood past the I-10. This neighborhood. I’m not sure what all the blue roofs on that map are — giant tarps? So many of the houses we passed were destroyed. I didn’t take any photos, there were only a couple people on the bus and I felt self-conscious enough just trying not to gawk. Most of them got off before we got back on the main road, including the guy I’d been talking to.

I rode on to Oak Street in Uptown, which is some other photos that are in my New Orleans set, stopped in at some awesome thrift stores, sat in a café alone for awhile, then walked over met the kids for sno-balls [yet more photos].

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Date Day: Lake Chabot

Posted by on Oct 20, 2009 in photo, travel | 0 comments

Last week’s Date Day was an afternoon at Lake Chabot in the Oakland hills.

We tried to sit on the lawn but it was still saturated from the storm earlier in the week, so we sat at a picnic table.
We went for a walk along the lake but mostly sat on Ruth Rule’s bench, watched people fish, prik-prikked at the coots.

» see more photos in the Date Day: Lake Chabot set

Date Day, Lake Chabot
Ruth Rule's
Fall color
Yellow
More leaves
Spawning area
Lake Chabot Bicycle Loop

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Date day at the pumpkin patch

Posted by on Oct 15, 2009 in Halloween, photo, travel | 0 comments

I finished sorting through the photos from our date day at the pumpkin farm. Here are some of my favorites:

I love the handmade signs along Highway 1 advertising this farm or that.

ARE WE THERE YET????

Arata’s Farm has been in the pumpkin business since 1932. They have a really big hay labyrinth and you can wander around the grounds admiring all the corn and pumpkins. It’s very picturesque.

Pastoral pumpkins

I don’t know what these pumpkins are called. They make me think of Cinderella’s carriage, and the color changes from grey to blue to green as you move around. The owner told us they are the best for making pumpkin pie — they’re orange inside. I picked one out to bring home but haven’t cut it open yet.

Princess pumpkins? Fairytale pumpkins? Something like that

This is mine. Is it not the best pumpkin ever?

My pumpkin

Pumpkins come in all sizes!

Lil Whitey

Do people still call this Indian corn? Is there a more PC name for it? Native American corn? The colors are amazing. We bought some tiny ones to bring home for the mantle.

Do they still call this Indian Corn?

I came very close to bringing this one home, too. But I only need so many pumpkins.

Note the resemblance

Chad of the Corn!

Chad of the Corn

This made me think of me and Chad. That’s me on the left.

Me and Chad.

» More photos from Date Day: Half Moon Bay / Arata’s Pumpkin Farm

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Date day: Pumpkins!

Posted by on Oct 9, 2009 in Halloween, photo, travel | 2 comments

We went on our quasi-weekly date yesterday. It was supposed to be very cold [mid-60s!] but ended up warmer, we went to Half Moon Bay, which is across the bay and over the hills of the San Francisco Peninsula.

Half Moon Bay is the local pumpkin capital, this weekend is the annual Pumpkin Festival. I haven’t actually been to that one, it’s enough of a nightmare driving down that one little road that goes over there on a normal weekend without adding in tens of thousands of families who want to see record-breakingly large pumpkins.

It is perfectly fine going over there on a Thursday in early October. There are enough people doing the same that the numerous pumpkin patches and all the corn mazes are open but you are not spending an hour in traffic to go three miles.

Once in Half Moon Bay, we stopped at my favorite bakery for a carrot cake mini-bundt then headed further south to Arata’s Pumpkin Farm where we wandered around the corn fields and admired pumpkins and took photos. I picked out a Cinderella-style flattish green-blueish pumpkin and Chad got some mini-gourds and Indian corn. The owner told us we can put it in a bag when we’re done and stick it in the microwave and it’ll pop.

Follow the orange gourd road...

Next stop was Pescadero for the Arcangeli market’s amazing artichoke garlic bread [note to self for next time: buy a couple of the par-baked loaves to bring home because HOLY CHEESE, THAT IS SOME GOOD BREAD] and a little salami, then we popped over to Harley Farms to gorge ourselves on samples and buy some goat cheese to go with the bread. It was the end of the day for them and we were the only ones there, the owner and another woman were happily chatting in the back the whole time we were snacking then popped out exactly when we were ready to go.

I wanted to go sit in the cemetery but Chad has a thing about that so instead we continued driving down that little road that goes the other way from the highway, thinking we’d find a little place to sit down, but it quickly turned into shoulderless hillside and we drove all the way over to San Gregorio and the beach was right there, so that’s where we ate.

Then we sat admiring the ocean, which was that perfect silvery-blue with the sunlight reflecting a huge swath of gold down the middle, until Chad had to head back for his tennis class.

Pacific Ocean oasis thingy that looks like a distant shiny city

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