Nov 17, 2013

#Plaidride DC

So if you happened to be in DC on Saturday and saw the nerdiest gang of bicycle riders all wearing plaids and beards (many of them fake, of course) blocking the entire east bound Pennsylvania Ave, here's a bit of context. It was my very first group ride and I had the most amazing time ever. It's funny how the whole mob mentality thing completely takes over when you're in a situation like this and all fears are gone as you weave through the zig zaggy streets of DC. I seriously need to stop neglecting my bike and ride more often before it gets too cold.

After about an hour and half of riding, we ended up at this place called Kingman Island for lumberjack games, food, music, etc.

Oh, and lots of bacon eating. Lots and lots of bacon.

Oh, and also, this maple syrup dark chocolate pecan pie was probably one of the best pecan pies I've had. Ugh. I could seriously eat a whole pecan pie by myself every day.

Also, if you're curious, here is me attempting to vine while riding my bike. We took over the capitol!

Nov 12, 2013

Meet my new friend, minolta

Got lucky with this impulse buy on Ebay. I bought a used Minolta X-700 body along with 3 different fixed lenses and shot everything in its aperture-priority setting with a Kodak Gold film as a the first test roll. I'd say Walgreens did a pretty good job of processing & scanning the film. Here are a few shots:

Nov 10, 2013

"All gave some and some gave all"

Vietnam War veteran Hank Van Laarhoven watches as volunteers help him find each name of all those he served with. Van Laarhoven was one of the squad leaders of the 2nd Battalion 1st Marines during the Vietnam War.

On Saturday, November 9, 2013, Van Laarhoven visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial for the first time in his life. This was also his first time seeing many of those whom he served with since 1967.
When asked to describe some of his emotions, he solemnly said, "Deep sadness. It's overwhelming. It's not just a single name on the wall...we know too many here. They need to be remembered."
He stayed at the memorial for more than an hour, searching for every single name of those he served with.

Nov 1, 2013

Autumn Getaway

I love indulging in autumn, especially when these beautiful hiking hot spots are only 1.5 hours away. Few shots from the top of the mountain w/ the Yashica Mat-124, few weekends ago. Wish I could do this every weekend!

Every time I go on these hiking adventures and try my best to enjoy the nature, I always think of this quote from one of my favorite books, Walden: