4th of July and Other Amazing Moments!

Our visit to Seneca Lake was wonderful and so relaxing! We had an excellent wine pairing dinner with my parents, Phil & Kathleen, and Kathleen's parents. Here's the menu to make your mouth water :)

Artichoke & spicy crab gratin - Sauvignon Blanc - Paul & Sarah
Baby spinach, spring pea & fresh pesto salad - Pinot Gris - the Porters
Argentine beef kebabs with chimichurri, fingerling potato salad, grilled asparagus - Pinot Noir & Merlot - the Gillios
Thick cut bacon with dark chocolate drizzle - Prosecco - Phil & Kathleen

Engagement Photos

We finally booked time with our photographer Rebecca Hansen to shoot some engagement photos. After deciding against the Arnold Arboretum (the forecast was rain), we had a fun session by the Frank Gehry building at MIT.


Here are a bunch of photos from our drive across the country. We left Tucson and drove through the South, making stops in El Paso, Houston, New Orleans, Jacksonville, Hilton Head, DC, and Brooklyn before pulling up to our new place in Holyoke.

Our Wedding Website

Paul has worked very hard to complete our wedding website, complete with our registry information! Here is the link to check out:

Zion National Park

Last weekend was Sarah's Bachelorette Party. She and 8 of her friends danced the nights away in Las Vegas.
I decided to get out of Tucson as well, so I hopped onto Sarah's flight to Vegas. We got a rental car and after dropping Sarah and Suzanne off on The Strip, I drove north towards Utah.
I was going to meet my buddy Walter, who was driving from Salt Lake, and we planned to camp and hike for the weekend in Zion National Park.
The park opened its shuttle bus service that Friday, and we hit all the major trails. We covered around 25 miles over the weekend, traversing several thousand feet in elevation.
The highlight for me was Angel's Landing, a precarious climb to a ledge with 1500' vertical drop-offs on all sides. Hidden Canyon was another gem and not nearly as crowded as Angel's Landing.
I wanted to hike upstream in the Virgin River to the famous "Narrows" where sandstone walls 800' high converge into a slot canyon 8' wide. Unfortunately, the river was running too high a volume, and the trail was closed.
I guess that means I'll be returning! Anyone wanna join me?