Thursday, November 26, 2015

Driving Down Pikes Peak Highway - In A Colorado Minute (291)

Driving Down Pikes Peak Highway - In A Colorado Minute (291)

Driving down Pikes Peak Highway is even more thrilling than driving up. Or should I say nerve-wrecking?

The Colorado mountain Pikes Peak is the highest mountain in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains - with the summit being at 14,115 feet (4,302.31 m), which makes it one of the 53 fourteeners in the Rocky Mountains. It's also a US National Historic Landmark.

Once you've made it up to the Pikes Peak Summit, you must come back down... either with the Broadmoor's Pikes Peak Cog Railroad, hiking down the trails or taking a car or bike down Pikes Peak Highway. On your way down, you get to see breathtaking views of the mountains, valleys and lakes below and travel through four life zones (defined by the species of plants and animals that inhabit them, and the temperature and humidity): the alpine, sub-alpine, montane, and foothills zones.

During week 279 (in September), Scott, GJ, Judith and Christoph drove up and down this mountain as part of our Manitou Springs Road Trip. Actually, I should specify that Scott did the white-knuckle driving and I left the filming on the way down up to the GoPro strapped to the front of the car.

Something I especially enjoyed about the 19-mile Pikes Peak Highway is that due to the way it approaches Pikes Peak, you actually get to see the mountain peak several times while driving. Something that may or may not be comforting: on the way down there is a required stop where the temperature of your breaks get tested to ensure they aren't overheating and are still working properly. Yikes.

If you want to see more from this trip, please check out these videos.

Driving Up Pikes Peak Highway – In A Colorado Minute (Week 279)

Pikes Peak Summit – In A Colorado Minute (Week 280)

Helen Hunt Falls - In A Colorado Minute (287)

I plan to have full versions of the Pikes Peak Highway drives online soon...

The song in this week’s video is “Green Daze” by Jason Shaw. He has made this and many other lovely tunes available via a CC BY 3.0 license on his website Audionautix. Thank you so much, Jason!

Last but definitely not least, I highly recommend watching this video in HD - even if it takes a little longer to load. The low-rez version looks way too chunky to enjoy it.

Winding our way down Pikes Peak Highway
Colorado

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Photos from the St. Augustine Lighthouse - Florida

A few photos I took last week while shooting the video "St. Augustine Lighthouse (Florida) – In Another Minute (Week 290)" for the Moving Postcard web series.

St. Augustine Lighthouse
St. Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine Lighthouse
St. Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine Lighthouse
St. Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine Lighthouse
St. Augustine, Florida

Stairs up the St. Augustine Lighthouse
St. Augustine, Florida

Stairs down the St. Augustine Lighthouse
St. Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine Lighthouse
St. Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine Lighthouse
St. Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine Lighthouse
St. Augustine, Florida

View from the St. Augustine Lighthouse
St. Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine Lighthouse
St. Augustine, Florida

Matanzas River and Vilano Bridge, seen from the St. Augustine Lighthouse
St. Augustine, Florida


Shadow of the St. Augustine Lighthouse, the Salt Run and the Atlantic Ocean
St. Augustine, Florida

Salt Run and the Atlantic Ocean
Florida

Salt Run and the Atlantic Ocean
Florida

Matanzas River and Vilano Bridge
Florida

Old St. Augustine with the Bridge of Lions and Flagler College
Florida

View from the St. Augustine Lighthouse
St. Augustine, Florida


Looking west from the St. Augustine Lighthouse
St. Augustine, Florida

Looking straight down from the St. Augustine Lighthouse
St. Augustine, Florida

Path to the St. Augustine Lighthouse
St. Augustine, Florida

Paver stones on the path to the St. Augustine Lighthouse,
Florida


Celebrating the love and light of
Henry and Carolyn Capp and their family


St. Augustine Lighthouse,
Florida

St. Augustine Lighthouse,
Florida

St. Augustine Lighthouse,
Florida



Saturday, November 21, 2015

St. Augustine Lighthouse (Florida) - In Another Minute (Week 290)

St. Augustine Lighthouse (Florida) – In Another Minute (Week 290)

St. Augustine, in Northern Florida, is the site of the oldest permanent aid to navigation in North America, starting with a Spanish watchtower built in the 1500s. The present St. Augustine Lighthouse stands 165 feet tall on Anastasia Island, off the Atlantic Ocean. This structure was built in the late 1800s and still uses the original 1874 hand-blown, nine-foot-tall, Fresnel lens, from Paris, France.

This week, Scott and I traveled to Florida to surprise his grandmother Carolyn Capp and the whole family with a paver stone on the path to the St. Augustine Lighthouse: Celebrating the love and light of Henry and Carolyn Capp and their family.

We climbed the 219 steps to enjoy and now share the uplifting views of St. Augustine: the historic downtown with the Bridge of Lions and Flagler College, the Matanzas River, the Salt Run, Anastasia Island, and the Atlantic Ocean beyond.

The song in this video is “Second Nature” by Jason Shaw of Audinautix.com. He has made this and many other cool songs available via a CC BY 3.0 license. Thank you, Jason!

More videos from Florida:

St. Augustine (Florida) – In Another Minute (Week 248)

Sanibel + Captiva Islands (Florida) – In Another Minute (Week 104)

Meeting Bobby Brown + New Edition – In A Brooklyn Minute (Week 103)

Relaxing Beach (Vilano Beach, Florida) – In Another Minute (Week 83)

North Florida – In Another Minute (Week 79)

St. Augustine Lighthouse
Florida
The following text I wrote as the introduction to sharing this video on Facebook and Google+ on November 22nd. Once I had written it, I realized I wanted to include it in this post as well:

It seems that within the last week, I keep being reminded more and more of family and of how precious life is. The attacks in Paris, making sure my cousins in France are okay, a trip to see Scott's grandmother, mother and other family, a dear friend's mother passing away, my anxiety about flying through Frankfurt (during this time of terrorist threats) on an upcoming trip to see my family, laughing with both my parents when we chatted via Facetime earlier today, planning a group trip for Scott and my 20th anniversary with those of our friends who have become our family...

All these thoughts and reminders and associated emotions swirl around my head and heart. Family is so universal, yet unique. Life is so fragile and finite. I think about how important it is to be together, to reach out, to be kind to one another and to express our love, appreciation, gratitude - especially with family, but not only. Sometimes that's very difficult, sometimes it's easy. But it always matters.

My video for this week captures such an expression of love, appreciation and gratitude for Scott's grandfather (who passed away 10 years ago) and Scott's grandmother and all their children, grandchildren and the whole gang. We took an opportunity to express this via a paver stone at the St. Augustine Lighthouse, which was special to Scott's grandfather and, being a helpful beacon of light, is probably a meaningful symbol to most people.

One doesn't have to make grand gestures to show one's appreciation for another person. But I hope that my video, and maybe my words, will inspire you to reach out to a loved one today and tell them that you appreciate them, that you're grateful for them - no matter if through a grand gesture or just a quick text. Just do it before tomorrow may change everything yet again.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Photos from Catalina Highway, Arizona

Looking down on Catalina Highway with Tucson, Arizona, in the background

A few photos from a recent drive up to Mount Lemmon and back down to Tucson along Catalina Highway. To see a bit more action, check out my Moving Postcard video from the same drive: Catalina Highway (Arizona) – In Another Minute (289).


Catalina Highway, Arizona

Saguaro Cacti along Catalina Highway, Arizona

Catalina Highway, Arizona

Tucson seen from Catalina Highway, Arizona

Rock formation along Catalina Highway, Arizona

View from Mount Lemmon at the top of Catalina Highway, Arizona

Rock formation along Catalina Highway, Arizona

Rock formation along Catalina Highway, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona, at sunset seen from Catalina Highway

Driving down Catalina Highway, Arizona at sunset

Catalina Highway, Arizona, at sunset

Rock silhouettes framing Tucson, Arizona, at sunset

Lost Highway
Catalina Highway + Tucson + sunset + headlights



Thursday, November 12, 2015

Catalina Highway (Arizona) - In Another Minute (289)


Catalina Highway (Arizona) - In Another Minute (289)

The scenic Catalina Highway in Pima County, Arizona, is known by many names: General Hitchcock Highway, Sky Island Scenic Byway, the Mount Lemmon Highway and Arizona Forest Highway 39.

The 27-mile road starts in Tucson and ascends over 6,000 feet by the time it ends in the small mountain town Summerhaven, near the summit of Mount Lemmon in the Santa Catalina Mountains.

It's a dead end road; so what comes up, must come down. And if you time it just right, as my friend Jess Grotfeldt and I did during week 283, your drive back to Tucson rewards you with amazing views of various shades of rock silhouettes against the colorful gradients of the sunset sky.

Along the highway, there are many pull-offs for you to take a break from the serpentine road and enjoy the mountain and valley vistas. I highly recommend this drive not only because of the experience itself but also for the refreshing opportunity to get out of the desert city of Tucson and hike along the many trails on Mount Lemmon. This is exactly what we did that week, and I'll be sharing a video from that hike in the near future...

The song in this video is "Open Road" by Jason Shaw of Audinautix.com. He generously made this and many other instrumental songs available via a CC BY 3.0 license. Check them out! And as always: thank you, Jason!

Other videos from my recent Arizona trip:

Blood Moon (Supermoon Lunar Eclipse) – In Another Minute (Week 283)

Tucson (Arizona) – In Another Minute (Week 284)

Desert Sunset (Arizona) – In Another Minute (285)

Saguaro National Park (Arizona) – In Another Minute (288)

Catalina Highway in the Santa Catalina Mountains
Arizona

Monday, November 9, 2015

New Dance Songs: Peaches, GEoRGiA, YACHT, Big Grams and more...

One of the things I miss most while living in Colorado is dancing with my Brooklyn and Berlin friends. Currently, I live in a house big enough that I have a designated dance room (it's also the library and cocktail lounge). And I've had some fun dance sessions with friends (and my dog). But I miss hearing, sharing and trying out new songs with the old gangs on the wooden and vinyl floors of our NYC apartments and cement floors of Berlin clubs.

So today, I want to share a few recently discovered songs I want to dance to with my friends and encourage you to share dance songs that you've recently discovered...

Peaches - "Bodyline"




Georgia - "Move Systems"




Weezer - "Thank God for Girls"




Bronze Radio Return - "Light Me Up"




BØRNS - "Electric Love"





YACHT - "I Wanna Fuck You Till I'm Dead"




Big Grams - "Goldmine Junkie" 




Cinderella lost her shoes... and is having a helluva time.
From my Instagram.


Sunday, November 8, 2015

Photos from Saguaro National Park, Arizona


A few photos I took in the Saguaro National Park outside of Tucson, Arizona - while shooting the video "Saguaro National Park (Arizona) – In Another Minute (288)"  for my Moving Postcard web series.

Heading into Saguaro National Park from Tucson, Arizona

Saguaro National Park
Arizona

Fishhook Barrel Cactus in bloom
Saguaro National Park, Arizona

Blooming Fishhook Barrel Cactus
Saguaro National Park, Arizona

Various stages of bloom - Fishhook Barrel Cactus
Saguaro National Park, Arizona

Ocotillo aka coachwhip aka desert carol aka Jacob Cactus
Saguaro National Park, Arizona

Saguaro Cactus
Saguaro National Park, Arizona

Crested Saguaro and Prickly Pear Cacti
Saguaro National Park, Arizona

Saguaro Cactus and Ocotillo
Saguaro National Park, Arizona

Saguaro National Park, Arizona

Ocotillo aka coachwhip aka desert carol aka Jacob Cactus
Saguaro National Park, Arizona

Saguaro Cactus pretending to be an elephant
Saguaro National Park, Arizona

Golden hour at Saguaro National Park, Arizona

Power line masts... not so different from Saguaro cacti in silhouette
Saguaro National Park, Arizona

Golden hour at Saguaro National Park, Arizona

Tucson Mountain Park seen from Saguaro National Park
Arizona

A heart in the middle of the desert
Saguaro National Park, Arizona

Saguaro Cactus at Sunset
Saguaro National Park, Arizona

Desert Sunset in Arizona

Saguaro Cactus at Sunset
Saguaro National Park, Arizona

Saguaro Cacti at Sunset
Saguaro National Park, Arizona

Saguaro Cacti at Sunset
Saguaro National Park, Arizona

Saguaro Cactus at Sunset
Saguaro National Park, Arizona