17
Jun
2008

Red Bull Air Races

The Red Bull Air Race was one of the most spectacular sporting events I have ever been to. It was like Nascar but in airplanes over the water with crowds of people going past 100,000. Both sides of San Diego Bay were lined with spectators. Lindsay and I were able to score some Media Press Passes from a friend who works for Red Bull. The passes gave us access to the best seats in the house as well as free food, free Red Bull, high speed internet and air condition at the media tent. It really made the three days we were there much more bearable. Some of the photos here were shot by Lindsay. She is learning fast and is becoming quite the shutter bug herself.

TRAINING RUNS CLICK HERE.

QUALIFYING RUNS CLICK HERE.

FINALS CLICK HERE.

17
Jun
2008

FIRE!!!

Last month there was a huge fire just east of my house in Sierra Madre. This was the closest I have been to a big wildfire. I was fortunate enough to be coming back from the beach right when it started and before the police really closed down the roads. I had just enough of a window of time to be able to get up close to the burn area and take some photos of the helicopters fighting the fires. I focused most of my attention on the aircraft. I wish I had put a little more effort into capturing the human reaction aspect. Unfortunately this wont be the last fire in LA.

17
Jun
2008

Cold Day at Jalama

This was my second attempt at getting water photos out at Jalama. Unfortunately this time the conditions were not as favorable as the first time. The water was absolutely frigid; the water was somewhere in the high 40′s. I had a 5/3 wetsuit, 6mm booties, 3mm gloves, 3mm hood and a helmet on and I still got chilled. Jumping in the water here gives you an instant headache along with the thought of big fish swimming around with you.

17
Jun
2008

Joshua Tree National Park

These are just a few climbing photos from a quick weekend trip to Joshua Tree National Park with Justin, a friend from college and Marc, one of my Colleagues from JPL.

FOR MORE PHOTOS CLICK HERE.

17
Jun
2008

Venice

Venice was our last stop on our little get away. I felt that Venice was a little over commercialized; there were street vendors everywhere trying to sell you crap on every corner. Other than that, Venice was beautiful. You could easily spend days walking around all the canals and back alleyways. Eventually though each canal starts to look like the previous 100 that were just passed by. I would love to go back again when I have more than a day and a half and not at the end of a long trip.

FOR PHOTOS FROM THE ENTIRE TRIP CLICK HERE.

17
Jun
2008

Florence

Florence was by far our favorite place that we visited in Italy. The entire city felt so much more authentic than the big city of rome. It was much easier to get around and the people and food blew Rome out of the water. We found some really local restaurants and wine bars that had wonderful atmosphere that we enjoyed almost entirely to ourselves. While we were eating or drinking we were able to talk to either the owners or a nice waitress and learn about the area a little more from a local view. If we were to go back again Florence would be top of the list of places to spend the majority of our time.

FOR PHOTOS FROM THE ENTIRE TRIP CLICK HERE.

17
Jun
2008

Rome

Sometime way back in October of 2007 Lindsay and I were still just good friends and we had randomly decided that we were going to go to Italy in the spring, with no idea what was to come. In December, right around Christmas time, we bought our plane tickets and made the trip official. Our plan was to spend 10 days touring Italy; Rome, Florence and Venice. Our first stop on the trip was three and a half days in Rome where we toured all the big sites; saw a lot of ruins and ate some really great food. It is almost impossible to sum up any portion of the trip in words; it was all too overwhelming and incredible so I will just let the photos do the talking. The best part of the trip to Rome was asking Lindsay to marry me and her saying YES!

FOR PHOTOS FROM THE ENTIRE TRIP CLICK HERE.