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Sometimes I commute via running on the Burke Gilman Trail in Seattle. My commute is roughly six miles. With my new camera, I can pictures during my run since the camera fits easily in my running pants. These aren’t the greatest photos, but I think they give you a window into my day. I’ve been super busy programming of late, so I haven’t had too much time to post. That’s a good thing I think.

The trail goes underneath the Aurora bridge which is where these three photos are taken.

Then next we go into my evening commute home. I wished you could see this traffic caravan of bicycles fit with red lights. It was pretty cool, but this is all I got.

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Happy New Year

Here’s my new point-and-shoot Canon in action. I’m still getting used to the camera and I’m still getting used to my new Mac Book which I got for Christmas. This is my first Mac, so please bear with me. It will take me a while to get familar with the new photo editing software.

I hope you are as happy today as Jake clearly is here skiing.

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Smoked Turkey Day

Yesterday was Thanksgiving and we decided to smoke our turkey instead of bake it for our Thanksgiving feast. I was responsible for preparing the turkey which included injecting it with a butter marinade and brushing it with butter. It was by far the easiest preparation I’ve ever had for a turkey. Jake took everything from there and tended the BBQ adding wood chips and coals every so often as well as checking the temperature.

What did I learn about smoking a turkey? Surprisingly the flavor only had a hint of smoke. You could taste it on the skin and in the dark meat, but other than that it is pretty comparable to a baked turkey. For this reason I think next year I’ll prepare it with a similar recipe to what I do when baking which means massaging butter underneath the skin, adding herbs to the cavity etc.

My favorite part about smoking the turkey rather than baking it is that I was able to use all three shelves in my oven. With the root vegetables, the two stuffings, and the veggie casserole, there was actually no room to spare. I can’t imagine what I would have done with a turkey in there too. The roasting pans for turkeys are ridiculously large and they pretty much take up your whole oven. I think smoking the turkey is definitely the way to go if you only have one oven.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Gigantic Rabbit Feet

Is it just me or does Danton have the largest feet you’ve ever seen on a cat? He kind of reminds me of Bugs Bunny with his white belly and white paws.

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Here are some odd leftovers. To see the whole gallery, click here to go to my flickr set.

1. I’m not sure what this funnel building was in the back or even what town this was, but I thought it looked cool and weird.

2. A gargoyle in Tours.

3. Bicycle and wheat.

4. Goat on a haystack.

5. Cat on a hot tin roof in Tours.

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Sancerre

This is a great little wine town in France. Look out for it on your next wine list. For some reason the photos of Sancerre turned out great. We climbed the town tower and were able to get the views you see below. I can’t believe we cycled up those hills. I was dog-tired when we finally got to the town.

Sancerre had some of the best food in France, and our best accomodation of the trip came from a wonderfully stylish and friendly Frenchwoman who owned a bed and breakfast called La Belle Epoque. If you ever go, you should stay there.

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Foie Gras Burger

On our recent trip to France, foie gras was ubiquitous. I doubt there was one menu where it didn’t make an appearance. Asking the French to give up foie gras is like asking Americans to stop driving. While it may be the right thing to do, it’s not going to happen.

Jake ordered this foie gras burger in Nevers. You can’t really eat it like a burger. Every bite would be way to rich. It was delicious and decadent though.

As an aside, I should have my France pictures to post any day now. Editing them is taking a lot longer than I thought.

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Yesterday we returned from our Loire River cycling holiday in France. To even begin to tackle all of the photos I took and decide which ones to post is overwhelming, so I decided for my first post to focus on the Loire River itself. I hope you enjoy them.

1. One of the many Loire signs on bridges to be found.

2. The Loire River is sometimes called the last untamed river in Europe. The currents are unpredictable and sand dredging up until the 19th Century was a huge project. When trains came along the river was left to her own devices. As you can see it is indeed wild.

3. A fisherman.

4. These signs helped us navigate the trail. The bicycle trail is called the La loire à vélo.

5. Here’s a sample of what the trail looked like when it was actually a trail. We did go off the trail many a time and found little difficulty sharing the road with cars.

6. The Bridge at Beaugency. Built by the devil in one day.

7. Amboise.

8. Pique Nique on the Loire.

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Parque Central, Antigua

A view from our roof.

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Unknown ruin, Guatemala

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More Antigua

The city from afar.

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Santa Domingo, Antigua

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Tikal, Guatemala

A pizote.

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Archway in Antigua

While the food in Guatemala didn’t always settle well with us, we found we could eat the desserts without getting sick. Maybe it’s the sugar. We ate a lot of desserts. Lovely cakes and pastries.

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Vulcan Pacaya

No doubt this wasn’t a safe day trip from Antigua, but I got great photos.

Those are people above.

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La Merced Cathedral

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Antigua Guatemala

There are a lot of hanging flowers around the houses in Antigua, the old capital of the country. The capital was moved to Guatemala city because of the rather chronic earthquakes. You’ll see many ruins over the next few days.

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Mayan folkwear

The clothes that the Maya wear are outstanding. Very bright and colorful. It’s pretty sturdy too. All of the cloth is made locally. The Maya are craftsmen and their crafts also involve making anything out of the wonderful cloth they make. Sometimes clothes. Sometimes pot holders. You name it.

I noticed a handy man at the hotel. He did gardening. He served us food. And then one time I saw him building the gorgeous furniture that was in every room of the hotel. I wish I was just a franction as self-sufficient.

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On this particular day, Jake was suffering from some food poisoning. We were very careful but the food really did not sit well with us. I decided to go for a long walk between the villages and I got lost in the jungle. It was very scary. I came upon people occasionally, usually men with machetes. You wouldn’t want to walk in this jungle without them because there’s so much foliage. I can’t speak Spanish and many of the people spoke Mayan anyway. So no one could help me find my way.

Eventually I came upon a British expat who helped point me the right way.

In the jungle, you see many people working. I saw some guys halling firewood on their backs. I can’t imagine how far their walk was going to be that way. I saw women taking care of some corn fields that had been planted right in the jungle.

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Lake Atitlan

Staying on the lake provided some beautiful scenery. The water was crystal clear and very cold.

1. Our hotel. I don’t think I took this picture but it somehow made it into my collection.

2. This picture is definitely mine.

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I’ll be cycling the Loire River Valley in France for the next two weeks. I need to keep things light, so I won’t be taking my laptop — which means no blogging. Instead, I’ve scheduled two weeks of photos from a vacation I had in 2003 in Guatemala. I hope you enjoy them.

1. Here’s a map of Guatemala. I can tell this map isn’t made for Guatemalans as this map doesn’t include Belize. All maps within Guatemala do include Belize and if you’re curious as to why you can click here.

2. On our first week, we went to Lake Atitlan. More on this extraordinary lake here.

3. And my photo here. That wide angle lens came in handy.

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If you haven’t seen Office Killer, you should. Carol Kane plays a doormat secretary who accidentally starts enacting revenge on those who have treated her badly. The photography is extraordinary as you would expect from Cindy Sherman. I also love it when my favorite character actors get to play the lead — in this case it’s Carol Kane and she rules. I should warn you that the genre is extreme black comedy. The humor is dark and disturbing.

I’m not sure what this clip below is. It’s not from the film, but it kind of looks like the film. Some sort of art is going on.

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Here’s a great photo from the Whitehouse Flickr photostream of Seattle Mariner Ichiro Suzuki and Barack Obama. Via the Slog.

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