Speaking of that latter aspect, this summer had a few trips and vacations...so instead of breaking my 9-month silence by posting work, which has also been a large part of this summer, I'll share some glimpses of how we played and defragged.
In May, (not quite summer but close enough for us) we took a work/play trip to Anchorage Alaska...
While took a 25-mile bike ride along the ocean, on the "Alaskan Coastal Trail," It was spectacular, with some views that surprised even us, having been spoiled by great views at home in the Rocky Mountains.
We spotted a female moose enjoying her lunch, just off the bike trail on the way back.
There is a small but beautiful ski resort about 20 miles north of Anchorage, known as Alyeska. The mountain does not have the vertical elevation that most large areas in Colorado have, but the terrain is varied with some nice steeps and cornices. The lodge and base area are new and rather upscale.
A July visit to Chicago/Rockford see my Mom for her birthday...below are some shots from an evening boat trip...and a beautiful Illinois sunset.
---------------------Two trips to Nashville in June and early August, (bracketing the trip to Illinois)
A couple of years ago, I took my daughter Julia to Chicago for a comic art and animation camp with former Disney animator Brian Ferguson. It was a great deal of fun, and allowed Julia and I to also spend time in downtown Chicago enjoying the lakefront, Michigan Ave., museums and of course, the Art Institute.
So, we decided to try another similar jaunt in June. We went to Nashville for an animation camp with several animators who have worked with Disney and Pixar. And this time, the whole family came along, (Well, that means my wife Beth joined us, but the poor dog had to stay home with our dog-sitter.)
It was a terrific time, from start to end, fun and lots of drawing. Nashville is home to several other things as well, including a full scale replica of the Parthenon, tantalizing BBQ, and some incredible music downtown.
Finally, we flew Julia home from college for a summer-capping Labor day weekend adventure. Biking, hiking and horses - through the Arapahoe National forest and the Vail Pass, with a dash of luxuriating.
Julia scaling a fallen tree in an almost appropriate Wonder Woman shirt.
Well, that's it, folks. Hope you had a wonderful summer, with some adventures, too.
Back to the studio for me.