27 February 2013

Yet another pet peeve.

    noun /swag/ 
    swags, plural
    1. An ornamental festoon of flowers, fruit, and greenery
      • - ribbon-tied swags of flowers
    2. A carved or painted representation of such a festoon
      • - fine plaster swags
    3. A curtain or piece of fabric fastened so as to hang in a drooping curve

      • Money or goods taken by a thief or burglar
        • - garden machinery is the most popular swag
      • A large number, amount, or variety
        • - a swag of events including fleece competitions, poultry and water fowl competitions, and a tractor pull
      • A traveler's or miner's bundle of personal belongings

    22 February 2013

    Nojoqui Falls

    Better late than never right?  These are photos I took about 2 weeks ago when I went to Nojoqui Falls with my mom, sister and doggies.  It doesn't look like you can do overnight camping and the day use areas are over priced in my opinion.  But it is perfect for a day to walk and have a little BBQ in the park area (romantic picnic maybe).  It's been about 15 years since I last visited Nojoqui and it has not been crowded either time I have gone.  Both times in good weather!  Maybe it's not a popular spot to visit?  Maybe it isn't well known?  It doesn't matter to me because it's sorta close to home, dog friendly and beautiful.  If I could make this post scratch 'n' sniff for you I would.  So clean and crisp!

    16 February 2013

    Gaviota Wind Caves Trail

    Though I didn't make it into the wind caves, I did take the Gaviota Wind Cave Trail with my mom and sister.  I brought my little dogs along for the hike.  My little fat dog is still recovering from his back problems so I had to carry him at one point during the hike.  Poor little guy but he had a great time getting out in the fresh air.  I hope to return and explore the caves next time.  I would like to camp at Gaviota State Beach so I can linger about for the day and enjoy some time away from home.  Camping at the beach is relatively inexpensive, it's pretty, not too far from home and dog friendly.  Here are some of the photos I was able to take of the hike I took.

    14 February 2013

    I'm an auntie again.

    I won't post the 'I just came out of mommy' picture.
    Or the 'I am screaming and nude' picture.

    But I will give you the pensive Avory Levi Diaz.

    6 lbs, 11 ozs and 20 inches long.
    He shares his birthday with Charles Darwin and a few others.
    This little guy is my 6th nephew and my youngest brother's first son.
    I have yet to see him because I have a thing about hospitals, mainly the birthing ward.
    He comes home from the hospital Friday.

    My sister and I joked with my mom that she is destined to never have a granddaughter.
    Don't look at me people, I am not doing the baby thing.
    Repeat NOT having babies.

    I now return you back to your regularly scheduled blog posts. 
    Still gotta get those hike pictures posted.

    Oh and.....

    By: Akeshi Iris Ayame

    12 February 2013

    Solvang Brewing Company

    Well, how was it?
    The beer was good.
    The food was mediocre.
    The service was terrible.

    After a nice day hiking with my mom and sister, we decided to drive into Solvang for a bite to eat.  Solvang Brewing Company is a place we had yet to try and decided we would give it a go.  The place was not very busy when we got there and we were urged to sit any place we liked.