Polaris and Milky Way galaxy at Joshua Tree National Park

Camping overnight at isolated Joshua Tree National Park gives me a rare opportunity to take pictures of stars and Milky Way.

A long exposure photo of Polaris and neighboring stars taken at Joshua Tree National Park

 

Milky Way Galaxy at Joshua Tree National Park in California

 

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Snorkeling at Kahalu’u, Big Island- VIDEO

Kahalu’u is very popular snorkeling spot on Big Island. There’s ton of friendly fish that are so used to tourists that it makes a great place for video recording. This video was recorded with GoPro Hero 3 with 2.7k resolution. The water is shallow so you feel more as if you were swimming in an aquarium than in the ocean. Because  the water is not deep. it allows the light to penetrate to the bottom. The cove is surrounded by large partly submerged rock wall that makes the water calm and easy to snorkel in. While snorkeling I saw different kind of fish including box fish, cardinal fish, needle fish, surgeon fish and eel among many others. Click here or below on the picture to check out the video:

Kahalu'u, Big Island, Hawaii

Kahalu’u, Big Island, Hawaii

White Christmas at Mammoth Lakes, California- VIDEO

A year ago we met Warren Harnden on Awa Awapuhi trail in Kauai. We talked about our hobbies, which also includes skiing. He lives in Nevada and he told us about Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort in the Sierras. He also wrote:

‘Keep up the adventuring, It is a great life. Most of my opportunities are rapidly fading. But the Sierra always calls.It is not a misnomer to call the Sierra, “The Range of Light” ‘.

At the end of last year we got a chance to go to California and we reminiscent on that encounter. So the decision was made and we were hoping for a lot of snow.

And we weren’t disappointed. We had truly White Christmas in California.

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Cafe Prague Fashion Show

Cafe Prague hosted Fall Fashion Show Event.Unique designs made of natural and organic materials were featured from Europe, Nepal and Thailand, along with hair and make-up trends by Salon Zig Zag for Fall and Winter.To see photos from the event click here or on the photo below. To see the slideshow click here

Alexian Brothers Tour of Elk Grove 2012

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Today ended Alexian Brothers Tour of Elk Grove 2012. In Chicago Blackhawks Pro Men Stage 2 race yesterday the best was Ken Hanson. He felt down during the race but managed to get up and still grab the win. The second was Charles Huff and third was Alexander Serebryakov. This race was UCI 2.1 Elite Men. In overall classifications the best team was Team Kenda/5 Hour Energy. In overall classifications the best cyclist was a Canadian Francois Parisien. He represented Team Spidertech. To see more photos from 2012 Tour of Elk Grove click on the photo.

Tour of Elk Grove 2012 Alexian Brothers

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This year’s Tour of Elk Grove 2012 kicked off Friday with Elk Grove Mayor Johnson challenging amateur riders to beat his time in the Mayor’s Charity Time Trial. Tour of Elk Grove has been designed a Union Cycliste Internationale 2.1 race. The sponsors amongst others include Alexian Brothers, Gullo International, Comed and Comcast. Men’s Pro 3-stage Tour of Elk Grove lasts three days. Stage 1 is a 4.5 mile circular course and Stage 2 on Saturday is 10 laps around 9.7 miles around Elk Grove Village. Stage 3 is 10K with riders competing as members of teams, including bissell Pro Cycling, Jelly Belly Pro Cycling or Team Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda. To see more photos from Friday race events and the Elk Grove Block Party click on a picture below. I will be adding more info and pictures throughout the event.

Lounge Puppets at Elk Grove Village Rotary Fest

This years’ Rotary Fest in my hometown, Elk Grove Village, was a five day event. The Rotary Fest included a parade, a carnival, fireworks, live entertainment and different vendors offering food and drink. Due to my busy work schedule I could only go there on Saturday night. I took some pics of Lounge Puppets. The band consists of Pete Greco (vocals), Marty Craven (guitar), Bill Dixon (bass) and Jason Sochacki (drums). If you wanna see them their next concert is gonna be on Friday, July 13th at Palos Hills Friendship Festival. And if you would like to see more photos from Elk Grove Rotary Fest just click on any of them and you are going to be redirected to my website.

Marty Craven


Pete Greco


Bill Dixon


Bill Dixon and Marty Craven

Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival

On June 1st, 2nd and 3rd Temecula hosted The Balloon and Wine Festival. There were hot air balloons up in the sky. And you had a chance to taste the best food and wine from local Temecula areas. The festival was held to the northwest of towns of Murrieta and Temecula. There were bands such as Lifehouse and Soul Asylum and many others playing on two stages.
The Festival’s history dates back to 1983 when it was started by Walt Darren- an avid balloonist and a commercial airline pilot.
The festival got bigger and bigger. Now it features morning balloon launches, evening balloon glows, wine tasting and live concerts. Here are some awesome pictures of hot air balloons taken by me at the festival:


Kauai/ Na Pali Coast/ Kalalau Trail Hike

Kalalau Trail is 22 miles roundtrip. We decided to hike one day to the end, stay overnight and come back the next day. It was pretty tough to do it with big packs. Most of our baggage was of course water.
The hike goes along the Na Pali Coast…

and through a lush jungle.

Some parts are pretty steep. Can you spot a path?
There were some nice spots to rest and have a snack.

Your last walk downhill…

…and you are on Kalalau Beach.

The Kalalau Trail is spectacular and the sunset on the beach is unforgettable.