Vail, Colorado

This spring break I made the trip to Vail, Colorado in the Rocky Mountains and hit the slopes with a couple of friends. Seeing the snow was a great change compared to the constant sun and beach weather (not that I’m complaining) in SB. I hadn’t gone on a ski trip in 3 years, since the seventh grade, so I had been looking forward to this trip for an incredibly long time. The mountain ranges in Colorado are so beautiful so snapping pictures throughout my trip was absolutely necessary.

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The journey there is an easy 2 hour flight from LAX to the Vail airport, about a 45 minute drive from the ski slopes, and as soon as we unpacked our ski gear and bought our lift tickets we were good to go.

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The mountain is HUGE, and we spent most of our time exploring the back bowls to avoid the crowds and find the best snow.

By the end of each of the three days we skied, we were all exhausted and sore, but this didn’t make us any more ready to leave. Skiing is such an amazing sport that is a great time for everyone. Once you’re there, saying goodbye to the snow is a very hard thing to do.

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Photo by Maddy Rotman

On the last day of the trip we were gifted with at least eight inches of beautiful fresh powder, that just sealed the deal on the most amazing trip possible. All of us were sad to leave but can’t wait to make the trip again in years to come.

Here’s a track from the movie Art of Flight that I just have to leave with you because you can’t do skiing without it.

 

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Before you read, check out this tumblr!!

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This week in our web design class, we have mainly spent studying different social media platforms. My group (Kathdog and Bo) and I have been tasked with learning all about a social media website called Tumblr. As a regular user of this site, I thought we would be totally covered. However, there a lot of features on tumblr I don’t use. I won’t bore you with all the details tumblr has to offer, but I really recommend checking this site out.

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Above is the logo of tumblr.

What I love about tumblr is the freedom to blog whatever you want. Unlike wordpress, the site mainly circulates images, videos, and gifs, rather than writing. I can find so many cool pictures on tumblr that sometimes even give me ideas of things to do with friends, or inspire me to get out into the world more.

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Tumblr gives you the ability to create a personalized blog by “reblogging” photos and other forms of media from other tumblr users or posting original content. You can create a blog based on your likes, interests, and just general things that are pleasing to your eyes. Many users have an overall theme to their blog, to make it look cohesive. This could do with color, type of photo, about a certain person, or anything really.

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To find and reblog such photos, you can follow hundreds of different bloggers, who’s individual posts will then come up on your dashboard. There are unlimited possibilities on what you can post and see on tumblr, which can sometimes be a bad time so you have to watch who you follow sometimes. Go out and explore the world of tumblr!

Soccer Season & Independence

With this month came two new things: spring soccer season, and a license. I am able to enjoy these two things along with my new found independence I have from driving. Being able to come and go to and from places has been such a good experience. I am finally able to not worry about structuring my life around whether or not I can get rides. Today I drove myself to practice at san marcos, my first time alone on the freeway.

Macie, my coach, believes in hard work and conditioning to make a better soccer player. I was able to capture my team mates playing in tonights practice during a particularly difficult and tiring drill as the sun was going down.

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The fierce winds in SB today made it everything we practiced a lot more challenging also.

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Finally wrapping up this practice felt great and I honestly wanted nothing more then to get in my car, blast some music, and cruise home for a big dinner. The best thing about Macie’s practices though is how accomplished and worked out I feel after each one. That is a huge benefit of having her as a coach, is that I always feel I am working to my full potential. This is only the beginning of my adventures on the road and I can’t wait to document as I drive to a wider range of places. Having a license opens up all sorts of possibilities and opportunities for more freedoms!

Summerland and the Polo & Racquet Club

Right next to SB is a cute little town called Summerland. It is located south of SB along the 101, home to around 2000 people. There are a lot of great things about this town, including its beaches, surf spots, cafes, and the Polo Club. Personally I am not much of a surfer, so unfortunately I can’t give too much info on surf spots. However the best beach around is Padaro beach, better known as Santa Claus beach. Right next to this beach is a great beach grill, Padaro Beach Grill. homeThe menu can be found on the website found here.01_3543-Padaro-Lane-view-up-beach

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Santa Claus beach is always crowded in the summertime because it is so popular with SB locals and tourists.

My favorite cafe here, Summerland Beach Cafe,on the main street of summerland, Lille Avenue. I love coming here after a good round of tennis or a nice work out at the gym in the Polo & Racquet club. My family are members here, which I absolutely love. In the spring and summer we get to dress up and watch the polo matches, and during the off season we use the club for the pool, jacuzzi, tennis, and gym.

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Above is a picture snapped by my little sister, Olivia, while soaking up the sun this past Sunday afternoon at the club’s hot tub.

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Here is a picture of a polo match on the huge fields here right next to the mountains.

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During the breaks of a polo match while the horses rest, the audience is invited to walk onto the field and stomp flat the many divots. These are my 3 sisters during a match this past summer. I absolutely love summerland and as soon as I get my license I will be visiting much more often.

Good Eats Part 1: Jeanine’s Restaurant and Bakery

There are plenty of great restaurants and cafes around SB. My all time favorite breakfast place has to be at Jeanine’s, in Montecito. I often find myself here on Saturday and Sunday mornings with my friends after a late night. Today happened to be one of those mornings. Jeanine’s is literally the first and only breakfast place that comes to mind when thinking of somewhere to go with friends simply because it is the best.

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maddie enjoying her fresh bowl of fruit

Jeanine’s is in the lower village of Montecito, a nice and centrally located place. The restaurant is always packed during prime breakfast time, around 10-11. It’s not uncommon for me to see at least a few people I know every time I’m there. There is seating both inside and outside, but on a gorgeous day like today my friends and I had to claim a seat outside to soak up the sun while we ate.

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The Jeanine’s menu includes it’s famous french toast, a variety of breakfast dishes, sandwiches, hot and iced beverages, and delicious pastries. This morning I had the classic yogurt and granola with fresh fruit as a good start to my day, but I could not resist having a bite of my friend Marissa’s french toast because that is Jeanine’s specialty dish. I HIGHLY recommend the kahlua banana french toast, my all time fave.

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Above are pictures showing the inside and outside of the restaurant. Both can be found on the Jeanine’s website, here. There is also a Jeanine’s in downtown SB off of state street. Although I am not there as frequently as the Montecito store, it is great as well a perfect lunch spot for shoppers downtown.

Goodbye Soccer Season

My favorite time of the year is by far the winter season. Everything about it is great: the holidays, gloomy weather (for once!!), and the school soccer season. This year and last year I’ve played for the JV team and had an awesome time. It’s so fun bonding with my team mates, and even though I don’t love him all the time, my coach as well. This year we had a record in league of 4-2-2.

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The 2012-13 frosh/soph team after a rainy day game

During the season we were able to beat our cross town rivals, San Marcos, both games we played them. They were intense games and extra competitive because of how many friends I have on the team.

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Here is a picture from our first game against SM, when we won 1-0. There’s me #15! This picture was taken from Presidio sports, which you can find here. There’s honestly nothing more satisfying than winning against girls I know on and off the field. Many of the players on the SM jv team are also on my club team. I play soccer almost year round, club seasons in fall and spring and school season in summer.

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myself and my teammate Chiara Bernardi

I love the game as an outlet for my inner competitiveness, and sometimes even aggression. I have such a fun time with my teammates at practice and sharing the amazing ups and downs of our games with them. I’ve been playing seriously since the fourth grade, and plan on continuing through high school. I consider the sport a hobby and a passion, but it is not something I wish to pursue in college and beyond. I’m going to miss this year’s JV team a lot because of the great experiences we shared during the season.