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Hood to Coast 2015

Last weekend 12 friends descended on PDX to load into two vans and journey 198 miles on foot through sun, torrential rain and gale force winds from Mt. Hood to Seaside, Oregon in a little under 33 hours. It was epic, non-stop fun with a stellar group of photographers, a few spouses, and a few of Craig’s old friends and family as we ran the mother of all relays, Hood to Coast, as Team Awesome Sauce.

It was my first trip away from my 15-month-old son, who is still breastfeeding, and the longest I’ve ever been away from my 3 year old. I had been torn about following through on the race for months and being away from the babes, even after signing on a year earlier, but I am so thankful I did.

Hood to Coast was my version of a radical vacation:

/ Great friends ( Lisa, Bruce, Craig, Sandy & Chris – for the linkable photogs)

/ Adventure (that time we went to the wrong exchange and Bruce had to wait a half an hour, or I ran 5 miles at 3am in a hard downpour in the pitch black with a lightening storm as my guide)

/ Grueling physical feats (we each ran 14-20 miles across three legs in under 24 hours. The hardest part was running 5-7 miles and jumping straight into the van. Over. And over. And over.)

/ Pacific Coast Pie Company (surprise bday pie for Bruce between legs 1&2,)  Voodoo Donuts (thanks to Tim at exchange 6,) and Dutch Bros

/ Oregon. Oh I have missed you and your people.

/ Just enough photo geeking to feel at home

This cartoon pretty much sums it up.

Here is a diptych’d glimpse of our rolling running party, made with my cell phone. You have to check out Sandy’s pics and write up on the adventure too!

Hood to Coast 2015, Team Awesome Sauce. Photo by Tiffany Brown Anderson

Hood to Coast 2015, Team Awesome Sauce. Photo by Tiffany Brown Anderson

Hood to Coast 2015, Team Awesome Sauce. Photo by Tiffany Brown Anderson

Hood to Coast 2015, Team Awesome Sauce. Photo by Tiffany Brown Anderson

Hood to Coast 2015, Team Awesome Sauce. Photo by Tiffany Brown Anderson

Hood to Coast 2015, Team Awesome Sauce. Photo by Tiffany Brown Anderson

Hood to Coast 2015, Team Awesome Sauce. Photo by Tiffany Brown Anderson

Hood to Coast 2015, Team Awesome Sauce. Photo by Tiffany Brown Anderson

Hood to Coast 2015, Team Awesome Sauce. Photo by Tiffany Brown Anderson

Hood to Coast 2015, Team Awesome Sauce. Photo by Tiffany Brown Anderson

Hood to Coast 2015, Team Awesome Sauce. Photo by Tiffany Brown Anderson

Hood to Coast 2015, Team Awesome Sauce. Photo by Tiffany Brown Anderson

Hood to Coast 2015, Team Awesome Sauce. Photo by Tiffany Brown Anderson

Hood to Coast 2015, Team Awesome Sauce. Photo by Tiffany Brown Anderson

Hood to Coast 2015, Team Awesome Sauce. Photo by Tiffany Brown Anderson

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Team Challenge for Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation

Currently, my husband, Kirk, and I are training for the San Diego TriRock olympic-distance triathlon with Team Challenge Las Vegas. Our fundraising goal for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America is $8,000.

This is Jay. Jay is 10-years-old and our team’s Honored Hero.  After years of specialists not knowing how to treat his Crohn’s Disease, Jay is in remission following three surgeries in three months last year. We know of at least two of our team mates that currently have Crohn’s. Hearing their struggles and stories is difficult, and heartbreaking. One a teenage girl, and another a mother of two school age girls. The cause of their pain and suffering remains largely a mystery to researchers and specialists. We joined this effort to help a cause we didn’t know much about. It’s becoming personal as we realize these invisible illnesses are all around us .

Jay joined us for a team pot luck after our training run today, and had thank you notes for everyone. I have thank you notes for everyone too! Please join us and contribute any amount you can HERE to help find a cure for this devastating disease. EVERY DOLLAR helps and it’s all tax deductible!  This is the world I want to live in. One where we all help each other however we can.

Jay, age 10, currently in remission from Crohn's Disease.

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Growing up fast

Zoe and Zand have been buddies since laying on their backs staring at fans when they were just a few weeks old. Now 15-month-old toddlers, the big world exploring has begun.

Please check back soon for recent work for Conde Naste Traveler and the Wall Street Journal, as well as more personal work.

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Happy New Year!

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What Stays in Vegas – Part I

People always ask what it’s like to live in Vegas. For most people Vegas is the place you come and live big for a hot minute and then beat feet back to where you came from.  However, for those of us staying in Vegas not just Friday-Saturday-Sunday, but Monday through Thursday too, it turns out that being a local puts you in a wildly diverse nucleus of people that are as talented as the strip is glitzy.

Case in point number one: Meet Anja.

Five nights a week, two shows a night, Anja balances on her head while swinging through the air on a washington trapeze, 30+ feet high over a pool of water. That among other acrobatics, aerially suspended feats and unicycling. No, she’s not a stripper. She’s a world class athlete, artist and performer. To see her perform is to see magic. She also speaks five languages, has great style and is interested in world news as much as art.

Extraordinary friends like Anja are part of what makes Las Vegas such an amazing place to call home. That, and the fact that my neighborhood gym is the size of Costco and the workout rooms are covered in neon. Oh, and whatever the craziest, most world record breaking event and celebrity dramas unfold just down the street.

Anja is from Switzerland, the daughter of a composer and a classical pianist and at 14-years-old she went to circus school. She has been performing as an acrobat in shows around the world ever since and has been the lead female character in Cirque Du Soleil’s “O” at the Bellagio since it opened in 1998.

Anja and my other Cirque friends inspire me to no end. We have dreamed up some fabulous photo ideas together over wine and T&Ts the last few years but have not had the chance to act on many of them, yet. One of my biggest excitements about making the transition to freelance is the ability to make time to experiment and play more creatively – in addition to working on other more structured personal projects.

I’m looking forward to sharing these photographic play sessions along the way. For now, meet Anja. If you visit Las Vegas it’s worth every cent to go see her and the incredible cast of “O” at the Bellagio.