Sunday, July 19, 2009

Is There Anybody Out There?

Hey everybody. If you're reading this, then you are likely rather bored and have little else to do with your time. You've checked your email, sent your banking info to the Nigerian who needs your help getting $21 million out of the country, read all of the urgent news about the recently departed Mr. Jackson, signed up for two new social networking sites and annoyed your friends with invites, and you've messed with a few Wikipdia articles just for fun. So with nothing left to do, you have stumbled into our little corner of the world wide web, on the off chance that those vacationing missionary slackers have updated their blog. Well we have, so there!

I'm sorry folks, but the reality is that I still have little to say. We were in California last week for a great visit with Bethany's extended family. Bethany's grandmother, Thelma, turned 80 this year. Thelma's husband, Phil, turned 75. In the Philippines, when an adult celebrates a birthday, they are expected to throw a party for themselves (and cover the expenses for said shindig). I guess Thelma and Phil felt like celebrating the Filipino way, because they invited the whole family to join them for a three day cruise. They are such warm and generous people, and as always we enjoyed our time with them immensely.

The boat (our nephew Ben would be quick to remind me that it is a ship, not a boat) was lots of fun. The kids played in the pool, and the adults munched on food. A lot of food. We made a stop in Ensenada, a little Mexican town that seems to exist solely to take advantage of people who have grown accustomed to the inflated prices on cruise ships. Can you believe I paid $2.50 for a taco? A Taco! Well, it was a pretty darn good taco, and I'd do it again.

I've been trying to be more intentional about photography lately. "Intentional" just means that in an attempt to find good light, I drag myself from bed at unusual hours, and then disappear in the evening when everybody else is being social. On the cruise, I spent an evening practicing my long exposure photography, and then woke up early the next morning to catch the sunrise.

So, since there isn't anything else to say, I'll post a bunch of the cruise photos here, and then later this week I'll tell you about our recent trip to Mount Rainier, where I spent an early morning on the side of the mountain. Oh, and I'll include here a photo of one of the hummingbirds that haunt the front of Thelma and Phil's house.



Heather said...

Hey! I read your blog and I have a life, however I currently have no job, so maybe that's why I have time to read your blog. :)

Awesome hummingbird pic, Tim. Great shots of the cruise ship too! Have you shown these to the cruise company? Those would make great PR shots. Maybe you could get some free travel/cruisin' out of the deal? ;)

See ya'll soon!

Anonymous said...

Missing you!!!

When are you back in Vancouver? Soon I Hope.


kate said...


You're right, I just checked my email, facebook etc. and then thought "I wonder if they have written lately?" Expecting to see ol' peg leg, I was happy to see new pics! Hope your time away is great and relaxing! And great photos of the ship, definitely try and score a free cruise out of them! So what kind of party are you going to throw yourself next month?
Hope you are having a great time with your family and getting some fun and rest! I really hope your toe feels better, and sorry you had to lose the nail. Love you and miss you and looking forward to seeing you soon. I love the photo of the 4 generations:) You all look great.
love kate

Anonymous said...

Wonderful pictures! enjoy your visit. We're off to Nicaragua. See you in Ontario!
Love Mum