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happy new year

i’m not the best at sending out holiday greetings these days – hopefully i find other ways throughout each year to let my friends and family know that i love and am thinking of them, but chances are i don’t do the greatest job!

this year was busy. a new apartment, a new job title, disneyland and arizona and the grand canyon, visiting with family. all in all, a good year if you want to classify it as such. it was great to visit with family, i love and miss all of you!

grand canyon

grand canyon

grand canyon

grand canyon

grand canyon

grand canyon

grand canyon

grand canyon

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vacation part 4

and in the end… we went to disneyland.


we rode every ride we wanted, more than once. the photos don’t show the millions and millions of people we were at disneyland with, but they were there. in the mornings as we walked to the gate, behind us in line everywhere with their strollers and children and extended families, girl scout troops, little league teams. i increased my vinylmation collection, drank glowy drinks and probably shook up my brain more than ultimately necessary. it was a great way to end our holiday vacation.

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vacation part 3

there are four parts to my vacation. i know you are wondering if i will ever get on to real life things happening now instead of a month ago – soon. the last time i had an out of town vacation was in april 2010, so excuse me while i draw this one out. honestly nothing too crazily amazing is happening in real-time kateventureland, so you are lucky i have this to share!

after the hike we spent a few days recuperating. i had my first ever massage. we broke away from our on-the-road starbucks fiending and found some real coffee shops. we visited ASU and had tsoynamis on more than one occasion. we played with our holiday gifts, and helped ninja play with his. it was wonderful.IMG_0257

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vacation part 2

before the holidays, ryan and i decided we had some unfinished business with the superstition mountains. in 2006, pre-ninja and marriage, vegetarianism and a smattering of other life changing events, we traveled to visit ryan’s parents in their new arizona home. we went on water slides, relaxed in the sunshine, and attempted to hike the superstition mountains. our first attempt went something like this:

 mtns 2 old
 mtns 1 old

that is as close as we got, as far as we made it to the top of the flat iron. in our defense, it was a warm April day. there were bugs and lizards and possibly snakes somewhere. there was little for us to do but just give up.
5 and a half years later, with arizona and a 3 week vacation on the horizon, we decided a real effort should be made this time around. we are healthier, have matured, live a more active lifestyle. somehow we felt up for the challenge. ryan had hiked it as a child, how hard could it really be? plus we knew there would be lots of non-vegan dessert to be had over the holidays and hiking seemed like a fair way to justify it. and so, on december 26th we packed up a backpack full of water, some food, cameras and cell phones, and headed out.




trust me when i tell you that this was one of the most difficult things we have ever done together. there is a reason i took very few photos from the ‘during’ process of our hike. maybe there are several reasons. as soon as the hike started getting difficult i started getting annoyed and just pushing ahead. i barely let ryan stop for water, and i just could NOT believe how long and rough of a hike it was! realistically, i knew nothing about what point we were hiking to, or that it would mostly be scrambling up rocks holding on for your life. oh, and no one told me that after 3 hours of hiking over rocks you would have to scale a 12 foot rock wall in which your only leverage point was a tree growing out of the rock about 6 feet up. !!! not to mention families with children and dogs just raged on ahead of us, one perk of hiking it right after christmas. if we had fallen, someone would have definitely found us. if we had wandered off into rocky territory looking for trail markers that were not there, someone at least would have heard our screams. but it was all worth it in the end, as the photos show. we loved it, we felt accomplished, and we were thankful when we made it down in one piece with no broken bones. i did skin my knee, and by the end i could barely walk, but hey, we didn’t quit!

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