Have you heard of Skillshare? It is a great online resource for designers, there is a wide variety of courses covering a range of topics from “Create Your Own Geometric Animal” to “The Complete iOS Core Data Course.” I have a year subscription which included unlimited classes and offline viewing for your convenience. It is really handy if you feel you are stuck in a creative rut or would like to be inspired, the classes vary in length, the one I created this moodboard to go with: Color in Design: Create Your Own Colour Palette was 21 minutes, and with my research and design time only took me about 40 minutes to complete.
For my moodboard I chose Portland, Oregon, I recently completed Fugatives and Reguees, by Chuck Palahniuk which solidified my choice. I love exploring Portland and if I had to live in a city, that is the one I would choose. The ocean, mountains, and rivers are readily accessible, with the conveniences and quirks of one of the ‘weirdest’ cities in America.
Labor Day Weekend 2012 began the epic ‘Labor Day Weekend’ Hikes.
Friday after work we packed up and headed over the sun road, and were treated to a gorgeous sunset. We landed in St. Mary at the KOA after dark, I’m certain is the best KOA in the USA. It was pretty full but luckily we managed to land a tent site near the cabins. Unluckily for the cabin tenants, we were not tired, ended up being a bit too rowdy around the campfire. Lanette was not feeling well in the night and threw up [fortunately] outside the tent. In the morning we were treated to a gorgeous moon-set over the mountains, and after some delicious breakfast we packed up and headed to Many Glacier.
The waves on Lake Sherburne had whitecaps on them, and we stopped to explore the lake and take some photos, finding a grizzly bear print in the sand.
Eventually we made it to the Many Glacier Hotel and got on the trail. Hiking, we had a difficult time containing our excitement. Run-walking. Yelling, Singing. Pretty much causing a scene. “It’s just like a post card!” “I met a bear, in tennis shoes…” “We’re so lucky to live here!!” The trail was pretty busy, as all gorgeous, sunny Saturday’s in Glacier Park are. About 4 miles in the blisters on my ankles were yelling a bit too loudly at me, I took off my garage sale hiking boots, and stuffed them on the side of the trail. My SmartWools offered enough cushion from the rocky trail, or so I thought. I hobbled the rest of the way up the trail, as the rocks got sharper and less trodden down as we went. A bighorn sheep crossed the trail about 50 yards behind us, and a mountain goat sunning itself on the snowfield were the four-footed creatures we were delighted to catch sight of.
At Upper Grinnell Lake we threw a few snowballs, reveled in the opaque, turquoise water, ate a snack, took some self timer pics, watched a crazy guy jump off an ice chunk into the lake (wearing a wet suit). We also scoped out some people on the Grinnell Glacier overlook (via the Highline Trail). and said to ourselves, “One day we will be there.”
Enroute back to the car, a water fall gushing over the trail provided a great place to refill our water bottles, wet our sweaty heads, and a spit wash for my dusty socks. I nabbed my hiking boots from the bush, and slung them over my shoulder. Almost back to the car we ran into two park rangers, who glared unapprovingly at my sock clad toes, and handed me a few band aides. They didn’t provide much protection from the heinous garage sale boots, but it was nice of them. We got to the boat launch as soon as the boat for Many Glacier was leaving, it was tempting to hop aboard, but I toughed it out the rest of the way to the car.
Heading back to East Glacier, we chowed down what snacks we had left in the car, to quiet the growling bears in our stomachs. We ran into Ronna Keim at the Glacier Park Trading Co, while we waited for our table at Serrano’s. When we were finally seated at Serrano’s we caused another scene, downing chips and salsa, and then our meals in record time. On the way home we stopped at the Keim’s friends house to say hello, and then cruised over Marias Pass to home!
For quite some time I have admired quirky, fun collages all over the internet, and thought to myself, “I could make something like that.” So here are some feeble attempts at creating some random goodness for your viewing pleasure. For the Glacier National Park collage I was inspired by the quote: “And at the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy, and your eyes sparkling.” -Shanti I thought about days when that quote applies to me, and playing in the mountains is where I have been finding my inner-child recently.
This collage is something I started working on a while back, and uncovered on one of my flash drives. The canyon photo and the one of my friend Kara and I are from a spontaneous trip we took to Yellowstone National Park, the rest are goodies from years past, discovered on the internet. Hopefully I will find more time in the near future to create more of these collages, maybe one for each national park I visit?
It has been raining like Seattle around here. I am dreaming of fluffy snowflakes, glistening in the sunshine, kissing my nose. Or snow peppering your face as it comes down sideways. Just please Ullr, bring us snow. I’ve been doing the Heikki Lunta snow dance. I was even brave enough to hug a yeti!! But nothing seems to help.
June 22, 2013
Kara, Julia, Janie, Alicia, Melanie, and I took off for an adventure in the Two Medicine area to Cobalt Lake. We left from the Two Medicine Lake Boat Launch and ate lunch near Rockwell Falls, which were absolutely gushing with all the snow melt. The trail turned to a slushy mucky mess after a few miles, but we were not deterred. Eventually it became completely snow covered, with no apparent trail. Good thing for a fisherman in front of us, or we would have had no clue where we were heading. At Cobalt Lake we made fast friends with the fisherman, named Olen. He was working on a ranch in eastern Montana, and a little lonely. We chatted with him on the return trip, and shared a delicious feast with him at Serrano’s. Some of us decided it would be a good idea to run part of the trail back, unfortunately it also meant that we sped right past a moose swimming in the pond. The others who weren’t in such a hurry to get to the car stopped and watched the moose for a bit.
Today I am leaving for an adventure to Alaska. I am excited to kayak between the icebergs, roam on the glaciers, and climb in the mountains. Hopefully we get to see some wildlife and catch some fish!
I have been working with Sweet Peaks to create flavor graphics for social media. Here is one I was really pleased with. Sweet Peaks uses local cherries blended with Montana sweet cream to make the most marvelous cherry ice cream. Throw in some chocolate chips, and bamm. Drool ensues.
It feels weird to use a cell phone picture, but since this will be posted to Instagram and Facebook, I didn’t think it was a big deal. What do you think about cell phone photos for social media design work?