Road Trip Delays

My family and I have been making trips up to MI about twice a year to visit friends and family up there. Now that we’re living on the east coast, we’ve been driving each time.

It’s really not a bad drive at all – if we leave early enough and don’t stop too often, we can make it in around 12.5-13.5 hours. I mean, don’t get me wrong, that’s a long trip, especially with a child. But it’s scenic for at least half of the trip, through the mountains from NC through KY … then there’s Ohio, which is easily the worst and most uninteresting part of the trip, hands down.

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NOLA: French Quarter

These photos are from when I visited New Orleans on a work trip earlier this spring. It was my first time there and I thought it was a really cool city. Everything was very unique and interesting, from the architecture to the different cultural influences in everything (cuisine, language, etc).

Earlier, I also posted a gallery from when we roamed around in the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden on that same trip.

The Heidelberg Project

The Heidelberg Project is an outdoor art project in Detroit, Michigan, in the McDougall-Hunt neighborhood on the city’s east side. It was created in 1986 by the artist Tyree Guyton after he returned to Heidelberg (the street where he grew up) after serving in the Army and found it in shambles. Guyton was assisted by his wife, Karen, and grandfather Sam Mackey.

Resources:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heidelberg_Project
  • http://www.heidelberg.org/research_resources/history.html

Whistler, BC – Automattic GM 2016

This past September, Automattic held it’s annual Grand Meetup – where the entire company (located all around the world) gets together in one location to talk about past and future goals, work on some fun projects, and hang out with each other.

This year, we went to Whistler, BC Canada. I absolutely loved it! The hotels were right in the village so it felt like we were still a part of everything going on in the surrounding area. Last year, in Park City, UT, it felt like we were much more secluded … it felt kind of like The Shining.

The food options were very good, the activities available were really fun, and the scenery overall was amazing!

** As usual, I’m a couple months behind on this post. I’ve been pretty bad at being on top of things here, lately. Trying to get better at that! :/

New York, NY

A couple of months ago, I had the opportunity to travel to NYC for a short work trip. It was my first time visiting the city so I spent a bit of time one morning exploring as much as I could. All of my time there was spent in Manhattan (aside from a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge one evening) but I absolutely loved it … much more than I ever imagined I would!

San Francisco, CA – Team 51 Meetup

Last month, Team 51 (the team I am a part of at Automattic) had it’s first-ever official team meetup. We chose San Francisco because half of the team lives there so it made things a little easier to plan. Plus, it’s an awesome city anyway! We even took a little day-trip up to Napa Valley for a little bit of wine tasting! That was especially exciting because it was my first time to Napa.