winter travels.

As I noted earlier, I have traveled a lot over the past few months.  Last night as yet another winter storm blew into Chicago, I contemplated escaping to a warmer place for Spring Break, yet, alas, the bank account does not currently allow for such a luxury.  Below are some images of my travels to South Carolina and then to California.  Next on the docket we'll be heading back to Tahoe, CA to shoot a wedding in June, but until then, our travels will be kept to Michigan only.  

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fresh oysters on the dock.
fresh oysters on the dock.

a man and his oysters.
a man and his oysters.

oyster guy.
oyster guy.

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chocolate croissant post-1/2 marathon.
chocolate croissant post-1/2 marathon.

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Hunting Island State Park.
Hunting Island State Park.

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Chapel of Ease outside Beaufort, SC.
Chapel of Ease outside Beaufort, SC.

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AirBnB did us right for this trip.  We highly recommend Amelia's place in North Charleston for a place to stay--cozy, clean, off the beaten path, yet walking distance to downtown.
AirBnB did us right for this trip.  We highly recommend Amelia's place in North Charleston for a place to stay--cozy, clean, off the beaten path, yet walking distance to downtown.

Citadel dress parade.  Had to visit Pat Conroy's alma mater.
Citadel dress parade.  Had to visit Pat Conroy's alma mater.

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Our California trip begins below.  Ian had spent 2 weeks in sunny California enjoying the weather and making some major wine business happen.  I flew in late on a Friday night and we returned Tuesday after exploring LA with our gracious hosts, Gregory and Parveesh, traveled to Ventura and Ojai for some hiking and surf gazing.  While in Ventura we ran into a friend whom we had visited 7 years ago, the last time we were in Ventura--totally random and out of the blue--and ended up having dinner and drinks with her and her friends in Ojai.  It was great to reconnect for a few minutes and hear about her own adventures over the past 7 years! 

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Malibu beach tower #12.
Malibu beach tower #12.

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Ventura.
Ventura.

Ventura sunset.
Ventura sunset.

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When the sun sets in the Ojai Valley and along the beach, the entire place turns this amazing pink and gold.  They have a name for it in California that I cannot remember right now...but trust me, it's amazing.
When the sun sets in the Ojai Valley and along the beach, the entire place turns this amazing pink and gold.  They have a name for it in California that I cannot remember right now...but trust me, it's amazing.

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