2011-2012

Vacations and Trips



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Jan 2011, Mark's work conference in New Orleans: Not much into "partying" these days, but had much fun eating Cajun and Creole!

Jan 2011, Mark's work conference in New Orleans: nothing better than simple gumbo!

Jan 2011, Mark's work conference in New Orleans: At Jackson Square

Jan 2011, Mark's work conference in New Orleans: did lots of walking, took many photos of that architecture

Jan 2011, Mark's work conference in New Orleans: had to have beignets and cafe au lait at Cafe Du Monde!

Jan 2011, Mark's work conference in New Orleans: Comi Con was in town, this is Nicholas Brendon who was in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Jan 2011, Mark's work conference in New Orleans: James Marsters, my favorite vampire Spike in Buffy

Jan 2011, Mark's work conference in New Orleans: Julie Benz, who was in Buffy and Angel

Jan 2011, Mark's work conference in New Orleans: Clare Kramer who played Glory on Buffy

Jan 2011, Mark's work conference in New Orleans: my man Spike!

Jan 2011, Mark's work conference in New Orleans: Thanks Nicholas!

March 2011, Mark's work conference in Philly: Independence Hall, where both the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed/ratified

March 2011, Mark's work conference in Philly: a courtroom in Independence Hall

March 2011, Mark's work conference in Philly: this is the room in Independence Hall in which the Constitutional Convention of 1787 met to write that famous document - the presiding chair was the exact one in which George Washington sat on and fanned himself during that long sweltering summer.

March 2011, Mark's work conference in Philly: the Liberty Bell

Sep 2011 vacation to Kauai: dinner at Brick Oven Pizza. Mmmmmmm

Sep 2011 vacation to Kauai: at our favorite beach, Kalihiwai

Sep 2011 vacation to Kauai: beautiful Kauai sunrise

Sep 2011 vacation to Kauai: you have to get up early to "catch" the sunrise!

Sep 2011 vacation to Kauai: washing my hands in the sunlight!

Sep 2011 vacation to Kauai: at the Lihue Marriott

Sep 2011 vacation to Kauai: fighting them off with a stick

Sep 2011 vacation to Kauai: Laua and a train ride around the grounds at the Kauai Plantation

Sep 2011 vacation to Kauai: Kalihiwai Beach is where we want our cremated ashes scattered...

Sep 2011 vacation to Kauai: Kalihiwai... looks like any other beach here, but it is beautiful!

Sep 2011 vacation to Kauai: took a boat ride up the Wailua River to see the fern grotto

Sep 2011 vacation to Kauai: Kauai's beautiful arboretum has some great views

Sep 2011 vacation to Kauai: Dora at Anini Beach

Sep 2011 vacation to Kauai: at the Fern Grotto

Sep 2011 vacation to Kauai: Mark at Opeaka'a Falls

Sep 2011 vacation to Kauai: the Spouting Horn was still there

Sep 2011 vacation to Kauai: we spotted these beautiful flowering bushes at the Kauai Coffee Company so we had to get a photo of Dora enveloped in her favorite color

Sep 2011 work conference to Washington DC: In my opinion, THE greatest president... soon to be a vampire hunter. :)

Sep 2011 work conference to Washington DC: Even with all the heat and humidity, this place gives me goosebumps!

Sep 2011 work conference to Washington DC: standing on the spot where MLK delivered his famous speech!!

Sep 2011 work conference to Washington DC: a Gulf War vet pays his respects to the Vietnam vets

Sep 2011 work conference to Washington DC: Washington monument, gotta love it

Sep 2011 work conference to Washington DC: a group of WWII vets were getting their photo taken at the WWII monument... thanks to all of you members of "the greatest generation!"

Sep 2011 work conference to Washington DC: what a thrill, my adrenaline was pumping!

Sep 2011 work conference to Washington DC: Yoohoo... Mr. President! Your greatest fan is here!

Sep 2011 work conference to Washington DC: have you ever toured the White House press room? Me neither...

Sep 2011 work conference to Washington DC: Mark tours the Oval Office.... NOT!

Sep 2011 work conference to Washington DC: saw some fantastic sights and works of art at the Smithsonian and National Gallery of Art... my favorite pop art exhibit featured Archie and Edith's chairs.

Sep 2011 work conference to Washington DC: the WWII memorial featured 50 columns, one for each state . . . this is MY home state.

Whenever we make a trip to southern California, we stop at Joe's Italian Restaurant in Moreno Valley, CA for some fried mozzarella. It may not look like much, but the sauce covering the fried cheese is to die for!

June 2012 - Joshua Tree National Park: the next 14 photos are of Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California. We cruised through on our way back from an Indio, CA gambling trip. Beautiful desert scenery!

June 2012 - Joshua Tree National Park

June 2012 - Joshua Tree National Park

June 2012 - Joshua Tree National Park

June 2012 - Joshua Tree National Park

June 2012 - Joshua Tree National Park

June 2012 - Joshua Tree National Park

June 2012 - Joshua Tree National Park

June 2012 - Joshua Tree National Park

June 2012 - Joshua Tree National Park

June 2012 - Joshua Tree National Park

June 2012 - Joshua Tree National Park

June 2012 - Joshua Tree National Park

June 2012 - Joshua Tree National Park

May 2012 Trip to San Antonio: Strolling down memory lane... this is the former Recreation Center at Randolph Air Force Base, where we held our wedding reception in 1980.

May 2012 Trip to San Antonio: Strolling down memory lane... the site of Mark and Dora's first ever slow dance, during a 1979 squadron picnic at Randolph Air Force Base.

May 2012 Trip to San Antonio: Strolling down memory lane... the Randolph Air Force Base barracks (dorm) where Mark lived in 1979.

May 2012 Trip to San Antonio: Strolling down memory lane... Mark's first Air Force job was in the Air Force Personnel Center -- Dora also worked there and this is where they met. The building was/is one city-block long and is the work place for over 2,500 people!

May 2012 Trip to San Antonio: Strolling down memory lane... more specifically, this is where Mark and Dora met, the "break room" of D-wing. Dora was a GS-2 and Mark an E-3. An empty seat on the couch next to Mark was the beginning of a beautiful relationship.

May 2012 Trip to San Antonio: Strolling down memory lane... the looooong hallway of the AFPC. Mark once rounded a corner of this hallway and literally bumped into a 2-star general. Talk about a scary moment! :)

May 2012 Trip to San Antonio: the "Oh Seventh" training squadron at Lackland Air Force Base where Mark trained during boot camp.

Our favorite destination in southern California, the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino in Indio, CA

At a spiritual conference at Asilomar conference grounds in Pacific Grove, CA -- enjoying the beach, Aug 2012

While at Asilomar, we got down to Cannery Row in Monterrey, Aug 2012

With our Reverend, Karen Rice, at Asilomar

At Asilomar - we loved sitting in front of the fire at Social Hall to meditate, play Scrabble, or just unwind, Aug 2012

Made a trip to Prescott, AZ in July to escape the heat and enjoy some great music at the Bluegrass Festival, Aug 2012

Mark went to a work conference in Nashville and saw "The Hermitage," retirement home of Andrew Jackson, Oct 2012

Famous Nashville hotel, The Gaylord Opryland. It was HUGE! Oct 2012

Mark got lost in the Gaylord Opryland twice. This hotel needs its own zip code! Oct 2012

Being the history buff, Mark loved touring The Hermitage, Oct 2012

Driving through the Tennessee hills, Mark found the "Southern Kitchen," restaurant in Watertown, TN and enjoyed this meal of pulled pork, ribs, fried okra, black-eyed peas, cornbread, and sweet tea. It was the highlight of his trip! Oct 2012

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