Hitting the train museum on the way home from Packer Lake. Just like last year. Still very much a family trip rather than a real museum exhibition. As a father to two little boys though, this place comes pretty close to heaven for them. The cashiers at the gift shop have some hilarious stories about how parents have to drag their kids out kicking and screaming.
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Most of Packer involves taking the same hikes and visiting favorite haunts. I photograph these of course but since they’re variants of the same thing, I can be more choosy about which photos I truly like and am not taking photos just to show where I went.
This year though we took a new hike to the top of Mount Elwell. New hike means I overdocumented it and have enough photos for a standalone post. We’ve avoided this hike for a long time since it looked nasty—hot, exposed, not pretty. Weather looked good this trip to avoid the heat and exposure so we decided to give it a try. Much to our surprise, the hike turned out to be very nice with a constant breeze, well-maintained trail, and excellent views.
So not just a new hike to say we did. But one to add to the rotation of hikes to return to each year.
Family photos from this year’s packer trip. It really is a family trip and I do spend a lot of time taking photos of my family there.
Same trip as previous years. This may be the first year since I’ve started the blog though that I spent an entire week there. This is also the first time I’ve taken a TLR* hiking. Only a few of those photos are here but it was good to learn that I enjoy hiking with that camera.
*In this case a YashicaMat 124G
Continuing from July. Still mostly family photos. I’m happy to have gotten through two months this month!
So I’ve been to a lot of birthday parties in bouncy house places now. It’s the thing to do with my son’s generation. Let the kids run wild for a few hours, then give them pizza and cake and hope they nap all afternoon. A lot of the parents just chill and talk while the kids run. Some play with the kids. At the parties I’ve been to though, I’ve been the only parent who takes a camera up into the top of the slides.
It’s been a fun way to play with using my camera in ways that I usually don’t. I was a no-flash, available-light-only guy for years. Bouncy house parties were a great place to play with the pop-up flash and learn how to use it.
I only posted after one party since I liked the before and after photos as well. But I’ve got enough photos accumulated now to make one big bouncy house gallery of kids, and some grown-ups, having fun.
Continuing from June, Mostly family photos. I’ll eventually get more than one of these done a month…
A late-summer trip to San Gregorio beach. This is typical Northern California year-round beach weather. In the winter, the beach is thinner due to more-aggressive wave action.
Another year, another Obon festival. In Japan, this is their version of Día de los Muertos where you remember and honor your ancestors. In the US, while there’s still some of this, it’s morphed into a major celebration of Japanese-Americanness with all kinds of food, treats, entertainment, games, etc. I’m glad it’s in the summer so I can look forward to taking my sons, all dressed up, to this year after year.