Sunday, September 19, 2010

On Top of the World (part 1)

Jun at 4307 meters.

Well not exactly on top of the world, but I think that Mount Evans, standing at 14,264 ft (4,348 m), is pretty high.

Last Memorial Day weekend Jun and I took a short trip around the Rocky Mountains. It was the first day of the year that the Mount Evans Scenic Byway was open. This byway is the highest paved road in North America.

It can get extremely cold, windy, and sunny so we made sure we were thoroughly prepared for any situation. Besides coats, sunscreen, and a huge lunch we brought items like flashlights.

My favorite part, Summit Lake Park, is actually slightly below the top of Mt. Evans.
The area is surreal and there is both Arctic and alpine tundra. At the time it was still the beginning of the summer so we didn't see anything too green. The lake, of course, was frozen.

I wanted to see some mountain goats but they were nowhere to be found.
Instead we saw a few marmots ...

... and a big horn sheep. Do you see it?

How about now?

Hint: It's not wearing orange. Jun was getting a little too close to the animal.
I didn't want to see him getting gorged while taking pictures.
It's not like he's getting paid by National Geographic.

Some videos: (Please watch the volume, because of the wind some of the footage is noisy.)

To be continued with Lomo shots.

Friday, September 3, 2010

97 cents de shiawase

This week we came across some SIGG bottles while looking around a sporting goods store. The sign listed some discounted prices but probably nothing less than $12.00 or $15.00. However, when I casually picked up a bottle and checked the bottom I noticed a $ .97 price tag. What?! Unbelievable because besides being too cheap I can't trust a price tag/sticker. What stores still use price stickers? DH and I like SIGG bottles so just in case I asked a sales person and yes, it turns out that each bottle cost 97 cents! There was some controversy regarding bisphenol A (BPA) content in SIGG bottles but these bottles have the new coating inside. The designs might be a little old but you can still find them at stores like Target and they are online at Amazon, although they certainly aren't priced as nice. Now I just need to find a discounted bottle brush.