Tuesday, July 20, 2010

An attempt to document life

I recently decided I just need to start taking more photos and documenting the occasionally cool (and the sometimes seemingly mundane) things I do. This past weekend was a good opportunity to do so because it was full of all sorts of adventures. On Friday, I caught up with a few girlfriends at McKenzie and her boyfriend Jamie's cabin for some swimming and a lot of eating.

McKenzie lives out near a beautiful Maryland reservoir (where swimming is not technically allowed, and by technically, I mean not at all), so we took a fifteen minute hike through the thick brush and woods until we reached the perfect spot on the water, rope swing and all.

Keeping my feet poison ivy-free.

This place was magical. I'm usually hesitant to get into any kind of water, but I just eased right in, the temperature was that perfect. I guess multiple consecutive weeks of 90-something to 100+ degree weather has its benefits.

We spent close to two hours swimming, swinging and generally wearing ourselves out. McKenzie even brought this delicious bowl of pasta with all kinds of locally-grown vegetables in it. At first, it seemed like an unnecessary amount, but we devoured it all. We even brought it in the water with us. Wait 30 minutes to swim after eating? HA! Eat, swim and get cramps simultaneously, I say.

The rope swing was obviously the highlight of our secret spot. I was a little apprehensive about it at first and even accidentally let myself go too soon, falling into a fairly shallow spot. Luckily, I landed feet first and immediately pushed myself off the muddy, rocky bottom. I've never felt cuter than when I slowly rose to and above the surface as water poured out of my eyes, nose and mouth.
Thankfully, my second attempt was a wondrous success:

The perfect balance of grace and awkwardness.

After we officially wore ourselves out, we headed back to McKenzie's cabin and proceeded to make the four boxes of macaroni and cheese that I brought in addition to a large cake and a couple dozen cookies Rachel brought. Eventually, it turned into an impromptu party, and we had a great time with new friends.

Saturday, I went to Artscape-- America's largest free arts festival-- with my dad downtown in Baltimore. We got to hear (but not exactly see) big name bands such as Gov't Mule and Cold War Kids perform while drinking beer in the streets and checking out the wacky art and vendors.

For just a dollar, you can STAPLE your dollar to this guy!

Tree people enjoying Gov't Mule

Afterwards, we spent the night listening to now-ancient demos and vocal tracks of the Beach Boys. (Carl Wilson was only 19 when he sang the vocals on "God Only Knows." How's that for making you feel unaccomplished?) It was a fun (and these days, rare) father-daughter bonding evening.

Ah, well that was fun. But now I know why I don't always post a ton of pictures on here. Blogger makes my face want to explode while I attempt (this is the key word) to format them. That was exhausting.

Mmmm, now I'm craving some mac 'n' cheese.


  1. I enjoyed the pictures!!! And please tell me where this secret spot it is!!! I want to gooooo!!!!

  2. STAPLING? doesn't it hurt the beejeeeezus out of him? Some people just have thicker skin! I'm Ayan from 20SB!

  3. i was scrolling through your lovely pictures and got to the shirtless money guy was like 'what the hec?' cute little documentation though.

  4. Art festivals are so great. Love them!

    P.S. Loved the socks with flipflops.

  5. Can I just say it looks like you have the most fun friends? :) I have always secretly wanted to jump in a lake from a rope swing. Looks like a blast, glad you had a good weekend.

  6. that rope swing would of been a good addition to our tubing trip!

  7. Hi Cassie, your comment was so sweet & genuine, thank you!! that second roadtrip you took sounds like a blast. I just love that feeling of being on the road, it's rejuvenating! Have a great weekend :)

  8. Haha gotta love those tree people. We have them. Sometimes they "caw" at me like a crow. I don't know how to speak crow...

    Anyways, all that food looks amazing. The staple guy freaks me out. You should definitely keep documenting!

  9. looks like such a fun weekend!! :)