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Cuddle Monsters

Posted on April 24, 2010 | 0 comments

So after finally getting back to North Carolina after a three day drive, I returned to find Zoey (the cat) canoodling with her new beau Archibald (the monster) on MY bed!!! At first I was a little steamed, but honestly who can stay mad at that image longer than a few seconds. Certain apologies were made and then we all watched a few episodes of Silver Spoon to warm our hearts.

The glorious Archibald (Archie) was birthed by the artist-extraordinaire Diane Koss who may or may not be helping us with a little side project (wink wink). Excitement?!?!

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The Grandest of Canyons

Posted on April 21, 2010 | 0 comments

As my trip slowly wound down, I finally made it to the mecca of sightseeing spots - the Grandy Canyon. I would love to describe how monumental this crack in the earth was, but words honestly can't do it justice; it's really one of those things where you have to see it in order to inhale all of the awesome floating in the air. Anyways, after looking over a few of the hikes downward, I decided to go with the one that the ranger said I didn't have enough time for in the day =). Needless to say, since I'm typing this now (as a human and not a howling ghost) - Mike 1, Ranger 0.

A view from the top right before I made my descent; I did the trail that goes right to the tip of the cliff (upper middle of the picture).

Some of the stair-like terrain scattered among the hike; not surprising my shoes and socks became similar in color.

Part of the Indian Garden camping site roughly 4.5 miles into the canyon; a great place to take a breather and replenish the h2o.

Right before I reached the apex of the site and chewed on a few sticks of jerky, mmm.

Next time I'll def. pack my camping stuff and mosey on down to the Colorado River; not shown, I spotted 4 rafting groups taking on a few of the rapids.

Taking a quick breather to absorb the view and some calories before sprinting back up to the southern rim (yum yum).

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Checking Out the Red Rocks

Posted on April 17, 2010 | 0 comments

After checking out some things in the Scottsdale / Tempe / Phoenix area, I made my way north to beautiful Sedona to see the famous red rocks. It had been far too long since I got in a good hike, so this was just what the doctor ordered. Most of the trails were pretty heavily marked as well, so I only had to off-road it a few times for better views.

The lengthy wooden bridge dropping you off into Red Rock State Park.

Some delectable rock formations off in the distance; I would have loved to have made my way over and up them!

A nice view from the top of one of a few summits; two things to consider though: I would advise against white shoes and I would consider hiking in something other than running shoes.

A quick shot of me somewhat smiley right before a neck-tied bear decided to snag my bag lunch =(

A view from the tippy top of everything; I actually had to do a bit of free climbing to get to this point, but it was def. worth it with the panoramic view. Overall, the place was an absolute gem and I really only saw a handful of people during my many hours there.

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Zooing It Up

Posted on April 14, 2010 | 0 comments

After getting settled in the Scottsdale area, I was roped into checking out the Phoenix Zoo. I must note that as an animal lover I absolutely enjoy seeing a plethora of wildlife up close and personal, but I can't say that I'm super smiley about the prison-cell size of some of the housing quarters. Nonetheless, it was a really enjoyable day and I got loads of great pictures, along with a super sexy farmer's tan =P

This majestic beast was giving me the bedroom eyes the minute I came into sight.

These little guys were absolutely hilarious, tackling and fighting each other during the entirety of our stop; additionally, they both looked to have wee white mustaches (future Fuzzy Ink models perhaps?!)

Yeah yeah, who hasn't seen a billion flamingos; well, my camera certainly doesn't do it justice, but the whole flock had this wonderfully vivid orange-pink color (plus they have chicken legs like myself so back off =)

Supposedly, the tortoises were all over 100 years old which helped to explain the adult diapers and nonstop war stories; I jest, but there is something really powerful about that prehistoric look they pull off oh so well.

For me, the anteaters stole the show; this particular one was strutting around the entire time and made me wonder when exactly they became so crazy cool?! I would have uploaded my video, but the loading time was giving me convulsions; maybe I'll try again soon.

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Arizona Adventures

Posted on April 11, 2010 | 0 comments

So after a fantastic time in Austin, I was off to Scottsdale, AZ via the western Texas / New Mexico route. For those of you unfamiliar with this section of the US, the posted speed limit rises to a rather quick 80 mph and thus mostly everyone on the road is hovering around 90. In its defense though, the terrain is pretty flat and straight with sections of beauty and brilliance (among the somewhat boring and monotonous desert qualities).

A glance at the New Mexico scenery through my bug-covered windshield; my experience was somewhat soured though, as I was caught in a speed-trap with out-of-state plates.

Having reached Scottsdale, I celebrated my bday in style with a delicious artery-clogging ice cream cake; how am I possibly this close to thirty already?!

With a million golf courses around the area, we tried our luck at one of the cheaper ones; here's a look at my playing partner and one of the two demon drivers =)

When checking out new places, it's always interesting to see the common animal-life roaming around; these somewhat domesticated suckers are literally everywhere bouncing around for a grassy snack.

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More Adventures in Austin

Posted on April 08, 2010 | 0 comments

Let me just reinforce the fact that Austin was an uber chill and relaxing place to hang for a bit. I took a few strolls into the Southern Congress (SoCo) area and munched on a ton of delectable foods and snacks. I can't really put my finger on it, but there really was something enchanting about the place; above anything else, I just got a ton of positive vibes from everyone and everything I encountered and I can't wait to pop back into town in the very near future.

I stayed with my friend Nate and his cohorts at his lovely abode just outside the city.

Here's a good look at my work station / sleeping quarters; yes, that is a huge box of legos. Jealous?!

One of the many interesting stores in the SoCo district; why didn't I think about a jackrabbit-riding cowboy?!

Another fancy building-topper in SoCo; I hope that dress comes in an 8 =)

We took a lengthy stroll down a section of the Colorado river; it was an excellent adventure and really the first time in months I've enjoyed a good paddle (although technically I wasn't paddling during the picture-taking ;)

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Checking Out Austin

Posted on April 05, 2010 | 0 comments

So 1/3 of Fuzzy Ink (Mike) decided to go on a short road trip across the good ole US of A with planned stops in Austin, Scottsdale and perhaps San Diego. I'm by no means a photographic genius, so with that said, here are a few images I was able to capture while gallavanting around the Austin area.

We'll be back in Austin for the Renegade Craft Fair (May 15th and 16th) with the Palmer Event Center claiming hosting duties. It looked to be a rather posh joint and the demographic is right up our alley!!!

A better look at the event center where there should be throngs of people to fend off come mid-may =)

A lovely look at the Capitol building; true story, I was attacked by a huge yellow pollen cloud while minding my p's and q's.

This little guy just couldn't get enough of my lens; we shared some iced coffee after the shoot.

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Easter Eggstravaganza =)

Posted on March 26, 2010 | 0 comments

The hunt is on...on the streets...inside your head...on every beat (thank you Glenn Frey =). Anyways, with the Easter holiday right around the corner, we figured it was a good time to integrate our own Fuzzy Ink Easter Egg Hunt to get everyone in good spirits. The rules are rather simple; among all of our shirts (aside from sale items) we've 'hidden' a healthy number of eggs - screen-printed below the inside tag. If, after opening your purchase, you happen to find one of the said printed eggs, then you're a winner...pretty simple right? In order to claim your spoils though, we'll need a delightful picture of your lovely face with the egg tagging; winners and pics will be posted here for onlookers to swoon over =).

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So what do you win? Well, any egg sighting will earn a free shirt of choice. If, however, you find the elusive golden mustached egg, you will be handsomely rewarded with an Easter basket full of awesomeness. So in summation: Buy shirt --> Find egg --> Dance around with house pets --> Send snapshot --> Claim prize(s); are we cool?! The hunt will run through Easter (April 4th ), but may be extended if we're feeling generous after a delicious bowl of mushroom bisque. Let the hunting begin!!!

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