Damariscotta, Maine

I took a little break over the 4th of July holiday to escape the hot and humid city for the gorgeous cool(er) coastal towns of Maine. My family used to vacation up there all the time when I was a kid, so it was great to reacquaint myself with the tiny little villages, the gruff but friendly attitude, and the abundant lobster!


Pemaquid Point lighthouse







Because what is Maine without lobster?



…very fresh lobster.


And now, back to the grind. 🙂



Cherry blossoms

I hate just leaving this blog dormant while I wait for the next goalpost on my trek towards Korea, so I’m going to occasionally post little side-trips and photos here for the fun of it. Let’s start with a couple of pics that I snapped when my best friend and I wandered down to the Tidal Basin to fight the crowds for a glimpse of the famous DC cherry blossoms.


Most of the trees lean out over the water, but this one stood heads above the rest


Closeup of some of the gorgeous clusters of blossoms

My friend L and I are hoping that she can come over and visit me in Korea around cherry blossom season next year, so we took a bunch of pictures as “Before” types. Fingers crossed we can actually make that happen!



I just spent a lovely long weekend at my old summer camp in Maine. The weather was perfect, the people were friendly, and the food was delicious.

Ah, nostalgia:

The main cabin at twilight:

Hanging around the campfire:

And gorgeous Maine days:


I miss the woods already…

Restoring Honor Rally (August 28, 2010)

View from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial

I stopped by Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally at the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday.  Estimates wildly differ on the size of the crowd, but my amateur guess is around 100,000.  A general sense of civility permiated the crowd, with folks making way for children, seniors, and those in wheelchairs so that they could get a good view.  Even so, the crowd was about 50 deep at most points around the Reflecting Pool, so it was hard to see the stage set up at the west end of the Pool.

Even though the organizers asked attendees to leave their signs at home, a veritable flock of flags, signs, t-shirts, and other statements made appearances. Here is a smattering:

These were also available for sale in a mini version for $5 each

This gentleman from North Carolina had planned ahead and brought a collapsible flagpole so that it would be easy to carry back and forth.

Many attendees chose to wear costumes

A few chose the costume route, but many others brought signs with them to express their feelings:

These signs drew particular attention

Sign displayed by a counter-protest across the street

The temperatures reached into the high 80s, but luckily for the crowd the local Fire Department showed up and provided a cooling shower of water for the young (and some not so young) members of the crowd to frolic in.