How to Doodle a House

How to Doodle a House

I’ve always loved architecture. As my husband and I walk our dogs through the neighborhood we are always commenting on the houses we pass. Each style has its own charm and personality. I used to be really “bad” at doodling. I never liked the doodles I would do in my notebook back in school or during a meeting. As I have gotten more into art, I have become better about really seeing an object. Art is all about breaking down…

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Hang Gliding in San Francisco

Hang Gliding in San Francisco

(This is actually terrible advice for a post about running off cliffs. Make sure you’re attached to something that can fly when you do so.) For Donovan’s 28th birthday, we happened to be in San Francisco and I wanted to do an experience instead of a physical present. I’m not a super brave or adventurous person. There are plenty of adventure sports that I wouldn’t consider doing. When I was researching adventure sports to do in the San Francisco area, I…

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San Francisco

San Francisco

In 2014, Donovan and I took what still remains my favorite trip of ours. We flew to San Francisco and stayed with a family friend of his for a few days exploring the town. Then we rented a convertable and drove up Highway 101. We were introduced to the redwoods, beautiful rocky coastlines, and sea glass beached. Finally we ended with a few days in Portland before flying home. This post has what we did while in San Francisco. Golden…

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Burden Falls

Burden Falls

Burden Falls Wilderness is in Pope County, in the North West corner of the Shawnee National Forest. Just a short drive from Bell Smith Springs and Jackson Falls. I would highly recommend combining this with one of these other hiking trails. Burden Falls Wilderness is composed of hiking and horse trails, but why most people visit is the actual Burden Falls. The top of the waterfall is located almost directly off the parking lot, making this ideal for someone who…

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Rocky Bluffs Waterfall

Rocky Bluffs Waterfall

Rocky Bluffs Waterfall on the Rocky Bluffs trail is a magnificent Southern Illinois waterfall. It at least trickles most of the time, it’s located within a short drive from Carbondale, and the waterfall is right at the beginning/end of the trail loop if you don’t feel like walking the whole path. It’s also much less visited than Ferne Clyffe and I usually have at least some time to myself there. In order to get these photos of the waterfall and…

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