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Emily Grossman

Fresh Air and Sunshine

July 2, 2007 at 9:19 AM

“So, when are you playing again with Sarah and Maria?” asked Joe Dirt at the coffee shop today.

“Oh, I don’t know, I haven’t see them all that much--wait! 4:00, in half an hour, actually. I totally forgot that we scheduled a rehearsal. And now if you’ll excuse me, I gotta run!”

The house was a mess, with laundry on the couch and music scattered here and there. Maria waited while I rounded up the stuff in the living room and the stuff in my brain. My mind is completely out these days. On Wednesday, it was out taking the kitchen’s work crew girls on a hike, and just yesterday it was out seeing Resurrection Pass for the first time. 40 miles in 14 hours and a couple of blisters later, I wasn’t at all prepared to practice with my trio.

We assembled and pulled out the Haydn. I noticed Sarah was sunburned. Maria was talking about her walk on the beach. After battling bronchitis for two months, she seemed glad to be able to get out again.

Despite our long absence from each other, we sounded better together today for some reason. Yes, we sounded much better today.

I know, you’re probably sick of all the photos I keep posting, but I just can’t help but want to share them with you, even if I can’t give you the fresh air and sunshine that goes with them. Who knows, maybe you’ll sound much better, too.

Skilak Lake Lookout

Swan Lake, Resurrection Trail

Resurrection Creek

30% Chance of Rain


From Neil Cameron
Posted on July 2, 2007 at 10:40 AM
Definitely not sick of the photos, Emily. Lovely shots.

Neil

From Ruth Kuefler
Posted on July 2, 2007 at 12:58 PM
How could we get sick of such GORGEOUS pictures? Thanks for posting them. :)
From Tom Holzman
Posted on July 2, 2007 at 4:00 PM
Keep the great photos coming! And your post proves the point that obsessing about music does not necessarily get you as far as having a fuller life with other things happening (or, as I remember the maxim from my childhood, "all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.").
From Kelsey Z.
Posted on July 2, 2007 at 4:48 PM
Emily, can I book a flight to visit you and will you take me hiking for a week and give me a photography lesson?
From Jim W. Miller
Posted on July 2, 2007 at 7:45 PM
3rd photo is the winner.
From Sarah Montoro
Posted on July 2, 2007 at 7:58 PM
ditto.....ditto...sniff..i wish i could "Really" see it..sniff...cement is not cool.....
From Albert Justice
Posted on July 2, 2007 at 8:05 PM
There will be a v.com festival at Swan Lake in the future--those are beautiful Emily, my fellow multi-tasking obsessee.
From Jim W. Miller
Posted on July 2, 2007 at 8:07 PM
"my fellow multi-tasking obsessee. "
Her weight is perfectly normal for her height.
From Emily Grossman
Posted on July 3, 2007 at 1:13 AM
Swan Lake would be a great v.com party site, for any one who wants to hike 13 miles to get there. There's a great cabin for public use there. Bring your own fiddle!

I'm glad you guys like the photos. #3 is my favorite, too.

From Kelsey Z.
Posted on July 3, 2007 at 3:49 AM
Sweet! Sign me up for the hike!
From Emily Grossman
Posted on July 3, 2007 at 4:20 AM
Get yourself up here, right now, Kelsey! You can sleep on my couch and eat our camp food. I'm gonna check ticket prices. :)
From Kelsey Z.
Posted on July 4, 2007 at 3:28 PM
I have to get a passport first :( *sob* somehow i expect that that will take longer than it is until school starts. Wah!
From Emily Grossman
Posted on July 5, 2007 at 2:59 AM
Well, that's just stupid. Everyone knows Alaska is a province of Canada.
From Jonathan O'Brien
Posted on July 5, 2007 at 4:50 AM
Wow! Photo No.2 would look great in cinemascope, 35mm Panavision, yellow film titles emblazoned across the screen, and soaring orchestral soundtrack. How i would love to go to film school.

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