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Manhattan Beach

The Death of Chillbro Baggins

Today we celebrated Chloe’s actual birthday at Manhattan beach. Max planned a late afternoon trip to a spot just south of LAX where we could lie in the sand and watch the sun go down. We were treated to chips, cake and a few cargo container ships.

I was determined to take a picture of the classic pacific lifeguard hut regardless of how many trashcans would be in the shot.

Cooper brought Chillbro Baggins, an inflatable cushion of air that makes for great party time chilling.

However, today we decided to test the limits of Chillbro’s plastic seams and see if he would also work as a launch platform in the same way that an inflatable water blob works.

The first launch was a complete success. Cooper got at least 6 inches of air as Max slammed his entire body weight into the unsuspecting plastic bag.

One more success seemed to prove the reliability of the launch system. How ever it was not to last…

Disaster struck as Kevin slammed himself into Chillbro. A deafening pop was heard around the beach as Phoebe was blasted with Chillbro’s final breath. Kevin and Cooper sank into the deflating dead body of our once airtight friend. Pour one out for the greatest party bag of all time.

The rest of the beach trip was without incident. We share a few beers, bags of chips, had sparkling water, and some one even brought a cake. Jack also played a game of chess.

But the light was going down so I had only a few minutes to capture the sunset.

I liked the way the cargo ships were silhouetted against the pink sky.

And one last view of the pier. Pictures of this event were rather sparse, because of the amount of light available. But afterwards we refilled the parking meters and got some wonderful sushi. And no one got a parking ticket (as far as I know).

Big Bear with the Fam!

This weekend my family came out California way to enjoy a relaxing vacation in LA’s woodsy’est getaway. (sort by nearest) We rented a cabin together in the hills of Big Bear for some down home cooking, youtube watchin’ and plenty of emulated Super Smash Brother. I also got smashed with my brother on wine and Modella. Here is the Cabin and the brother.

4 hours in traffic to get here, but worth it. The cabin was actually named Mountain Cove Retreat!

The first night I made farrow and squash bowls and soy face’d appropriately over the veggies.

Then my brother and I relived our college days and shot gunned beers on the patio while Matt attempted to use the flash on my Canon AE-1. I took both cameras on this trip so there is a mix of film and digital. Can you spot the difference (it’s in the toonneeezzzz)

The next day we hiked to castle rock. Its not a long hike, but its pretty steep and easy to get winded.

I found an extra curvy piece of drift wood while ever one else took photos.

Then we climbed to the top and Matt regaled to me stories of radioactive plasma.

There’s a Lake around here some where but none of those pictures came out to my liking.

Matt took some photos of me for what should go on a separate Instagram modeling account.

Then we walked back. And I saw a Drinky Crow sticker. We’re dozens of miles away from LA, I’ll still never escape the presence of adult swim shows.

Then we played pool while Brian worked on the Hamburgers.

I’m almost certain I used the flash for this one, and I like how it came out. It’s pretty diffused for being a big blinding light shooting out of the top of the camera. Also the burgers were really good!

Big Bear is full of old cars, and I saw on reddit that old cars are the second most popular subject to take pictures of. If you want to know what gets first place, just join r/Analogue.

The next day we headed out to the Big Bear Marina to rent a big pontoon boat!

It’s a cute little place where they let any one with a valid drivers license play around with propeller powered barges.

Here’s every one chillin on the floating gas powered party deck!

And here are some Cool Boats we Saw!

We were even greeted by this cool Pirate ship!

Every one lines to float by and inspect the solar observatory. It came out pretty nice on film I think.

Brian commanded the boat for a while and we also saw some ducks!

After that it was time to head back. We walked out burnt bodies back to the car.

But on the way, there was another cool car I needed to get a photo of!

Then it was time for Brian to commence the grilling. He had gone to Raffi’s before we drove out to pick up some exquisitely marinated meats and veggies. He skewered them up while I hovered around and took photos of his artwork.

Here they are, uncooked and ready for heat.

We only had to wait a few minutes for the grill to heat up.

The heat was on, Brian flipped the flipped the meat and tong’ed the veggies. And here is the final result.

And there they are! I could only eat one my self. but it was the best Kabob I ever had! We played some games after that, complete with a round of sorry and a round of Halos. But I was too beat to take photos of any of that. So good bye family vacation and Mountain Cove Retreat! Till next time!

Switzer Falls

On a Hot day in early August, Ilana and I felt like exploring one of my favorite hiking spots in the Angeles forest. I brought my Canon AE-1 hoping to capture some of the local flora and fauna.

Switzer Falls trail is a pretty reasonable hike about 30 minutes away from Burbank where your trek down through a tree covered valley and eventually reach a small watering hole. There are also plenty of picnic spots for people to do some outdoor grilling. Or maybe just bring some concert sized blue tooth speakers.

It’s dryer than ever these days, so the little stream was trivial to traverse as we made our way to the rock pool.

I splashed in the water for a bit and Ilana got to dip her feet in. Despite the blazing heat, the pool was cool and refreshing.

Hopefully one day it rains again. There’s barely any falls in “Switzer Falls”

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