The first Con-goers view traveling up the escalator to get your badge.

SAN DIEGO COMIC CON

With 2015’s San Diego Comic Con International just a few days away, I figure it’s due time for me to post my images from last years SDCC.  I don’t know why it took me so long to finally post these, but here they be.

Let me share just one of my happy moments from 2014 SDCC.

I got tickets to the NerdHQ’s Conversations for a Cause where all money raised goes to Operation smile.  After the panels we had the opportunity to pay an extra $20 for Smiles to Smiles to meet the actors and have a pic taken with them.  All money going to charity still.  Well, after I went to the Nathan Fillion Q&A with special guest Alan Tudyk, I had the chance to participate in the Smiles for Smiles.  By this point in the Con I was broke.  $20 was not in my pocket, so I decided I’d make someone’s day and find someone worthy of the meet & greet.

I was walking by the picture line when I heard a nice girl say quietly, “Does anyone have a ticket they’re not using?” It was her lucky day!  I walked up to her and told her she can have my ticket because I can’t do the photo op.  To which her reply was aEdel @Narvikstar with a shoutut to me(@JodiSox).  She's a cool chick. huge hug followed by many thank you’s and tears.  Probably the best hug I’ve ever gotten.  She was so excited, having missed her chance previously.  Her name was Edel and she’s got a wicked killer bucketlist.  She wanted to pay me for the ticket, but I refused so she told me she was going to donate twice because I just made her trip. Little does she know, she had just made MY trip. There were so many happy tears from Edel, that I kinda got teary too.  I knew I found a worthy person for sure.  Here is Edel meeting and donating double because she’s freaking awesome.  Tell me you can’t feel her excitement through that smile!


So that was my super story from 2014.  Yes, we went to parties saw a bunch of celebrities that don’t know how to dance.  I danced with quite a few celebs myself.  But those are stories for my friends and fam, not so much for the internets; out of respect.

White Sands, NM…Wow!

White Sands...the clouds showed up!

White Sands…the clouds showed up!


 

There’s a great read about the trip to White Sands over at Living in Tin- a website for travelers of any type.  There’s also a nice little video that Rich put together about this trip over there as well.  Please check out Living in Tin, as it is advertisement free and brought to you by people who travel.


 

The Airstream has brought me to White Sands National Monument for my first time.

The drive in was beautiful.

The temperatures were definitely elevation dependent.  Tank top weather, then up to long sleeve, back down to tank top, up to a hoodie, then back down to warm and comfy.

Rolling through Las Cruces getting closer and closer to the White Sands Missile Range and then you see it.  A couple of little white dunes.  Then as you make your way down the road, the dunes get a bit larger and some overtake the government fencing warning you to stay out.  It looks like snow but it’s gypsum.  And just as blinding in the sun light.

The drive through White sands is a nice simple loop.  Easy on any vehicle.  Even though the pavement ends, the road continues through the dunes.  The road is massively packed down desert sand.  So packed and smooth you could roller blade on it easily.

Titan in the sand

That’s not pavement…that’s well groomed and traveled sand.

 

As we drove through the dunes, I kept expecting to come upon an ocean and that smell salty sea breeze.  Nope. It’s the middle of the desert.  The bright white, warm, and occasionally windy desert.

Unlike typical sand dunes, these are very easy to traverse.  With the consistency of damp beach sand after a rain, it’s simple to ascend any dune.

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I was completely blown away by the beauty that is White Sands.  All several hundred sq. miles of it.  The second day the clouds finally showed up, which was nice because trying to photograph bright white sand against a hyper-blue sky can create a bit of a photographic challenge.

Enjoy my little gallery of images from White Sands National Monument.  Worth the trip.

Thanks for reading.  Hope you enjoyed the photos because I enjoyed shooting them.