Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Jerome, Arizona 2008

Jerome is an awesome wild west biker hangout and a former mining town. Jerome is also known as an art destination, with more than 30 galleries and working studios.

The street you drive into when you enter Jerome

Jerome, Arizona 2008

View of the San Francisco Mountains

Jerome, Arizona 2008
Beautiful old building facade

Jerome, Arizona 2008

Jerome, Arizona 2008
View behind Jerome

Monday, March 24, 2008

Sedona, Arizona 2008

Sedona is known for its red sandstone formations, the Red Rocks. The Red Rocks make Sedona look a civilization on Mars or another more alien planet. Tourists mostly do a lot of hiking and "spiritual pursuits." Strangely, Sedona is named after Sedona Miller Schnebly (1877–1950), the wife of the city's first postmaster?!

Church of the Holy Cross
Church of the Holy Cross

Sedona Next to Church of the Holy Cross
Kevin and me on top of the Church of the Holy Cross mountain

Sedona, Arizona
Full view from the top

Sedona, Arizona 2008
Andrew and Kevin on top of the Church of the Holy Cross mountain

Church of the Holy Cross
View inside the church

More formations

More formations

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Grand Canyon 2008

For Easter, we went to visit Kevin and Andrew's father and his wife in Arizona. We roadtripped from Peoria to the Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon is a famous gorge carved by the Colorado River, and the Grand Canyon National Park was one of the first national parks in the United States. We all agreed with Kevin's assessment, "Not overrated at all!"

Grand Canyon 2008
Kevin and me at Mather Point

Grand Canyon, Arizona 2008
View from Mather Point

Brothers Cloutier at Mather Point
Brothers Andrew and Kevin

Grand Canyon, Arizona 2008
Sons and father Ken

Danger: Falling Into the Grand Canyon is Bad
Warning: Falling Into the Grand Canyon is Bad

Grand Canyon 2008
The "Kids"

Grand Canyon 2008
The whole crew on a look out

Grand Canyon 2008
Taking it in

Grand Canyon 2008
More views


Grand Canyon 2008
South Kaibab

Grand Canyon 2008
Orphan Mine

Grand Canyon Mohave Point
Mohave Point

Grand Canyon Lipan Point
Sunset at Lipan Point

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Audra and Rob's Wedding 2008

It was lovely white wedding with snow! Audra and Rob got married while Audra is still attending law school with me at UVA, but they plan to live in North Carolina together after she graduates so they can start their married life there. We will always remember Audra's wedding ceremony, not only because one of the groomsmen locked his knees and took a tumble, but also because their ceremony was very personalized for them. The minister talked in terms of both religion and life practicalities, Audra's stepfather sang during the ceremony, and Audra and Rob read their own vows to each other. After Rob lifted Audra's veil and kissed her, their first married act was to pray together. And you don't need me to tell you because you can see for yourself in the pictures, but Audra was a beautiful and stunning bride.

Coming down the aisle together after getting married

A bunch of our friends from law school traveled to the wedding together. It was at the end of our law school Spring Break so we spent the whole week in North Carolina relaxing and looking forward to the event.

Padget Wedding 2008
Roger, Brian, Kevin, me, Audra, Sarah, Donald, Katy, and Josh

We had a lot of fun at their wedding reception. After the first dance, Rob danced with his mother, and Audra danced with her stepfather who sang to her as well. She has the same sort of close relationship with her stepfather that I had with mine, which is to say that they are our real fathers.

Padget Wedding 2008
Rob and Audra's first dance

Father-daughter dance

After dinner we had two flavors of cake, a white cake with strawberry coulis, and a groom's cake made of chocolate. I enjoyed the groom's cake so much that I dubbed it my birthday cake.

Padget Wedding 2008
Wedding cake and groom cake decorated just for Rob

Black-Tie Strawberry
I like that the strawberry is dressed up

We spent the rest of the evening hitting the dance floor with Audra and Rob's friends and family. I spent a little time dancing with Audra's California friends who are as awesome as they are beautiful, and some time photographing and chatting with Audra and Rob's Charlottesville friends, who I already knew a little because of pre-wedding events. Brian made friends with every last person at the wedding and led a few line dances. I am not talking about the electric slide because it was already 2008-- I'm talking more along the lines of Cupid Shuffle and the Cha Cha Slide. There was even a conga line that basically the entire wedding got in. Even Donald!

Slide to the left, slide to the right!

Random guy blocking up the conga line
Conga line with everyone!

Seriously, Roger, Get with the Program

Roger spinning Katy

Padget Wedding 2008
Sarah and Donald being super cute

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Edisto and Charleston, South Carolina 2008

Edisto Beach, South Carolina is a family beach town. For Spring Break, my law school friends and I piled into cars and stayed at Katy's family beach house. There was a lot of eating, drinking, Wii playing, and photo shoots on the beach. Perfection.

Edisto 2008
Hanging out on the beach with buddies
Katy, Brian, Sarah, Julie, and I drove down to South Carolina on Sunday and the first thing we did was eat cheesy grits. Monday we spent most of the day wasting time on the beach. Tuesday night we visited Katy's parents.
Spring Break Makes Her Happy
The beach makes Sarah happy 3/3
Edisto Beach 2008 
Brian in the hammock 3/4

Katy's Home 2008
Our beautiful host Katy

Katy's Home 2008
Sarah and I at Katy's mom's
Delicious Dessert
Edisto Beach, SC 2008
Making a fantasy dinner of putter balls 3/5

Edisto Beach, SC 2008
Our dedicated frozen drinks bartender Brian

Edisto Beach 2008
One of Brian's awesome concoctions

On Thursday, Josh and Donald arrived. And then Friday, Katy, Brian, Sarah, Donald, Julie, and I drove into Charleston, walked around, and had dinner at a Bistro.

Edisto Beach, SC 2008
Josh strikes a pose in his velour suit

Edisto Beach, SC 2008
Sarah filling Julie's law book with sand

Edisto Beach, SC 2008
Julie's revenge

Edisto Beach, SC 2008
All here!

Charleston, SC 2008
Dinner in Charleston - Julie, Brian, and Sarah

Charleston, SC 2008
Donald, Katy, and me

Edisto Beach
Spring Break happiness