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Arizona: Willow Beach night 2015-09-30

Long exposure photos and glowsticks were a match made in heaven.
Throw in a quartet of silly 20-somethings sitting on a dock in the middle of the desert and here we are.
Photos after the cut!

Once we had expended the entertainment value of flailing glowsticks about, it was time for Mason to head out. We decided to follow suit, but rather than head back into the city we migrated to Lake Mead to camp out. Check back tomorrow for the details!

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Arizona: Willow Beach Day 2015-09-30

Only a short drive from Las Vegas lies the Lake Mead National Park & recreation area. 
I’ve been making trips out to the lake ever since I can remember, riding in my dad’s old van that reminded me of the Mystery Machine. (If she doesn’t get that reference she’s too young for you, bro)
It’s a beautiful area, really. A man made water reservoir fed by the Colorado river and dammed by the marvel of engineering that is the Hoover Dam. If you bypass Lake Mead you can head down to the river, which is where Willow Beach comes in. This beautiful beach and boating area is tucked away a short distance from the state line. 
On a bit of a whim, our pal Louie invited us to join him on an expedition. 
We happily agreed!

When we stopped for supplies, Antho found these inflatable light sabers! 
The force is strong with this one.

It was a bright and sunny early summer evening when we arrived so there was still a good bit of daylight.
The gift shop was already closed for the day, so we were unable to rent canoes or kayaks or anything, but we found plenty of enjoyment to be had without such things. 

Lead the way, boys! Louie’s friend Mason also joined us for our adventure, though he came in his own vehicle as he had to leave early.

The boys scoping out the guest dock.

Brr! The water was surprisingly chilly! 
The water in the Colorado river can be up to 20 degrees (F) colder than Lake Mead!
I suppose that makes perfect sense since the river has fresh water flow while the lake is sitting there, allowing the absorbed heat to remain rather than dissipating. 

Ah, that explains the temperature difference!

Rendezvous at the cars before heading on a hike!

We came into this little valley area and found a large tree standing alone.
The tree itself had a lot of character, but we noticed something…

Hidden among the branches were turkey vultures!

Then this happened… ^^;
Silly boy!
We explored the area a bit longer but it was rapidly growing dark. 
We spent much of the evening on the public dock, star-gazing and enjoying each other’s company.
More posts about our adventure coming soon!

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Las Vegas: Visit from a little bee buddy

Just nature doing nature stuff.
This little bee landed in the little patch of astroturf we have here (be water smart, shop s-mart) and hung out for quite awhile, posing for us like a true professional.
I’ve never been spooked by bees, and I’ve been stung several times.
Stinging someone requires having their guts ripped out… o_o
Why would anyone want to do that?
Even bees aren’t that cray cray unless you force them into a situation where they’d have to be.

 This little home-bee meant no harm!
And neither did we.
These are the flowers that attract the little guys. They also attract humming birds!

Thanks for hanging out with us little buddy! 
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Vegas: 710 Visuals performance at the Womb Room

One of the most gratifying aspects of life is when things come full circle. Good writers often include examples of this karmic turn around in their media be it through visual gags, narrative, or character development. 
It was with special pleasure, then, that 710 Visuals accepted an offer to perform at the Womb Room, the same venue where we’d originally witnessed liquid light art in action and been inspired to invest our time and energy into the medium ourselves.

Photos and video below!

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Lombard Street, San Francisco

Lombard street is one very wibbly wobbly road, zigzagging it’s way up a steep hill. It’s a one way road, so if you hope to test your driving along it’s curves be sure to approach from the right side!
Having just visited Coit tower, we walked to Lombard relatively quickly while still enjoying the sights along the way.

A bit of artistic nudity, not the last of it we would encounter on our trek.

Antho admiring some unfamiliar foliage. If you look at the road behind him, you can get an idea of how steep the hill leading up to Lombard is.

And at the top of the hill, just before the famed crooked street, we encountered this bit of artistic nudity! Twice in one hill, what are the odds?

The road itself is packed with fluffy blossoms and lush greenery, possibly to combat the stress drivers may face in the creeping jam. Large swarms of people crowd the streets, some standing in traffic lanes to snap the perfect photo or peer out thoughtfully.

And more of the artistic nudity. XD 
I now have butts on my blog.
You’re welcome, internet.

After taking in the views, we made our way upwards and onwards onto the crooked street. There are stairs (naturally) that run alongside the road, offering a straighter path up the hill.

Coit tower in the distance.

Pretty frontage someone had along the walkway.

Some of my favorite flowers~

These guys saw me photographing the street and pulled up alongside us…

And cheesed it up for us! Thanks guys! XD 

Stopped to admire this little blossom. 

Then this wonderful thing taking over the home! What a gorgeous plant!

View from near the top.

From here we caught a bus and headed towards the Castro district!
Post coming up soon.
Have you ever been to Lombard? 
How did you like it? 🙂
Feel free to comment, I’d love to hear from you!