mike maclaren

Christina Lake

We went back to the originals on this one! 
Since Laryn landed a new job, she couldn't make it up to the lake this year. So, after a whirlwind weekend in Vegas, Mike and Scot picked me up from the airport for a week of relaxation. There aren't many photos because our main goal this week was: Do Nothing. The only plan we made (and by "we" I mean that I demanded) was that we went into town for some ice cream! 

xx J

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

The idea of a resort vacation scared me.Up to this point, any "vacation" was really an opportunity to travel. To me, travelling doesn't necessarily equate relaxation. It means experiencing new things and immersing into a different culture. It may lead to unexpected challenges and is rarely goes as smoothly as first conceived. After successfully completing the CASB program, Mike wanted to just RELAX. We booked an all-inclusive vacation to Puerto Vallarta and I convinced myself that an entire week of relaxation would lead to endless frustrating boredom. But, I couldn't know for sure without trying it first. Thankfully, I was proven wrong.

The resort was breathtaking from the moment we arrived. Though many days were spent on the beach or near the pool, I never took my camera out to photograph the resort. To be honest, it didn't particularly inspire me. We spent a few evenings chatting as the sun set around us - and those are the moments worth capturing.

When it came to choosing excursions, as soon as the ATV-ing option presented itself, I knew that Mike would jump at it. We enjoyed this experience in Cambodia so I knew it would be worth it. I didn't end up driving at all, due to lack of experience and rocky terrain, but it did give me the chance to soak in the surroundings. It was really amazing to travel through the mountain terrain in Mexico. The sun was rising above us as we gazed at the lush green land. At the end of the journey, we reached a private small waterfall where I sat atop a rock to just soak in the moment.


We also got the chance to go on a city tour. We visited Our Lade of Guadalupe church and walked around the city. My only regret on the trip is not leaving the tour and walking through the streets of PV, just Mike and I. The city itself is actually quite small despite the number of resorts surrounding it.

The trip was much needed after another year of work done and dusted. It gave us a chance to recharge and reconnect. It also inspired many conversations about future trips around the world, which will hopefully happen in 2016.

Camping @ China Beach

A few friends and I decided to make a camping trip to the island, and it magically came together one weekend in August. We all met at the ferry terminal where we learned of Scot's wasp bite. His hand was swollen and steadily growing - a story that would develop all weekend...

We started off the weekend with a plethora of bacon and the classic coffee and Baileys and continued down to a foggy China Beach. Though the fog foiled our tanning plans, it gave me the chance to snap some great shots of the beach!

(Note the growth of the hand!)

It was a great weekend and the perfect little get away from my busy summer schedule! Though Scot's hand ended up wrapped up and in a sling after an emergency room visit, it was still a fun time! Blessed to be surrounded by great people - especially friends who put up with my camera lens in their faces!


A Venture in Something New...

One of the most exciting parts of buying my new camera, was the option of having a new way to capture memories: film. This is one of my first experiments with making videos and I can already see the countless elements that I need to improve. It was a ton of fun filming and editing this video of our family trip for California. It is far from perfect, but something I think we can all look back on and simply smile. Enjoy!