Sunset Cliffs

There is a special place in a special city called Sunset Cliffs.  These cliffs are adjacent to the college in San Diego where I met my wife, thus the special city part.  San Diego is a remarkable city of amazing beauty. I experienced some of my best years there, soaking in the sun, somewhat soaking in my education, and certainly soaking in it’s splendor.

From Balboa Park’s architecture and museums, to the Coronado Hotel, sun drenched beaches and ultimately the many sunsets uniquely painted against the Pacific Ocean’s sky every night by a Divine Creator. Very few cities in North America can match San Diego.

I was recently on a business trip and had the opportunity to once again view the sunset at the aptly named Sunset Cliffs.  My camera hardly does this one justice, though I hope you find it as remarkable as I did.

Sunset Cliffs, San Diego. January 2016. © Daniel W. Slocum

Sunset Cliffs, San Diego. January 2016. © Daniel W. Slocum

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Washington State Lighthouses

Washington State has about 25 Lighthouses. Of those, I’ve visited just 5.  I can’t seem to locate the images I took of the Dofflemeyer Point Light, so you get to see just 4 of those 5.  Most recently, I visited two of these lights. My sister was up for the 2016 New Year so we closed out 2015 with a road trip to Ilwaco, WA to see both the Cape Disappointment and the North Head lights.

Cape Disappointment and North Head Lights were shot with a Canon 40D in December of 2015. Gray’s Harbor light and related images were shot with an iPhone 5s in June of 2015 and the New Dungeness Light was shot with a Fuji FinePix point and shoot in 2005.

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Cedar Creek Grist Mill

Today, I took a quick photo trip to the Historic Cedar Creek Grist Mill. Built in 1876 this Mill is now a volunteer staffed, fully functional Historical Landmark. I highly recommend an outing to see this mill and to purchase some flour ground by the massive water powered stones.

The mill is located within 10 minutes of Interstate 5 in Woodland, Washington. You can find more information here. cedarcreekgristmill.com

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Santa’s favorite Story.

Y’all are gonna love this one. Thanks Santa for telling it like it is.

 

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Kilauea: Hawaii Volcano

I’ve visited Kilauea several times. It was a wondrous, awe inspiring part of every visit to my parent’s home just outside of Hilo. Recently, Kilauea has begun sending lava toward the town of Pahoa. If the lava reaches Pahoa it could mean the loss of structures and roads as well as cutting off residents from their homes.

You can see daily updates on the volcano here.

Now for some of it’s beauty.  Below is a gallery of some of the images I’ve taken while visiting Kilauea.  It’s both remarkable and terrifying.  The last two images are from an area now off limits. They are of the Caldera at the volcano’s summit.  Since the images were taken, a portion of the caldera filled with lava making the area unsafe.  Click on any image to make it larger.

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Mt. Rainier in July

Took a little trip to Mt. Rainier NP on July 5th, 2014.  Had a walk around Longmire and visited the waterfalls on the road up to Paradise.  It was a glorious day for a Motorcycle ride.

Here’s a couple of photos.

Walking around Longmire

Walking around Longmire

Upper Christine Falls

Upper Christine Falls

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California Birthday Surprise

Have you ever set up a surprise so epic you had to do something crazy like ride a motorcycle 2600 miles through 4 states to pull it off? That’s what the men of our family did to blow the mind of my daughter on her 11th birthday.

For reasons unimportant to this story, my wife and daughter were to be in the Los Angeles burb of LA Mirada instead of our Puget Sound home on my daughter’s big day. Not wanting to miss such an important tween event we schemed to ride down and show up at her party, hosted at Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor in Buena Park.

Our route took us out of Washington to Klamath Falls OR, Reno NV, and into California via Auburn. We stopped in Sacramento where we rode a bit with my Cousin and his wife before heading the remainder of the distance to SoCal for the big reveal.

Here’s a video of the big moment. Yup,she was blown away!  Below the video are some random images of our ride. While in the greater LA area, we enjoyed the birthday event, Magic Mountain and the Los Angeles zoo.

Photo Gallery: Images are in no particular order.

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Kids and trains

When my kids were younger, we used to take walks to the nearby railroad trestle. It was fun to flatten pennies, hunt for railroad spikes and watch the trains go by.  On one of our adventures I snapped this photo of them hanging out as the train rumbled down the line all clickity-clack, clickity-clack.

I recently found the image in use on a Library of the European Parliament website.  It’s so much fun to do a web search and turn up my photos in use all around the world.

I sold the image on Fotolia.com and it can be seen at the Library of the European Parliament.

Here’s a screen capture should the original link be dead.

European Parliament

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Crysten’s heart

My girl’s heart is bigger than mine. From the earliest of days, she has seen the beauty in the ugly, the kind in the mean, and the sun in the rain. She loves Jesus and has a relationship with Him that I didn’t have until I was much, much older. Her love for people and animals is off the charts. It’s fitting that she used to get her hair done in a heart braid.  It was an outward expression of her most valuable asset.

This image was taken just after she returned from the kids salon. Here’s a shout out to Jack and Jill’s in Lacey, WA. They did a great job.

I sold it via iStockPhoto.com and I found it in use on an Austrian website. 

If the webpage is dead.. here is a screen capture.

tear sheet

tear sheet

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Love and Honor

There are many ways to show love and honor in this world. It may be as simple as holding a door open for a stranger or as extravagant as feeding a multitude of homeless people Christmas dinner and lavishing them with gifts. As our Father in Heaven is limitless in His love and honor for us, so is our ability to love and honor one another.

Here’s the story of Ryan and Amanda Leak. Two people I’ve never met yet I feel connected. We are connected by our mutual love for Jesus and for His people. Their’s is a story of love and honor through the year-long planning and execution of a surprise engagement and wedding on the same day.

The videography and story telling are amazing, the story is captivating and the honor is inspiring. Grab some tissue, watch the video, then go love someone with an intense and unashamed love.

 

If you wish to donate to the organization Amanda mentions at the end of the video, this is the link:
Stop Human Trafficking

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