I'm Back.

Well, it's been over a month since my last post. At the end of May, I took a road trip down to Yosemite Park and the Redwoods in California. I really enjoyed being disconnected from everything. We we're gone for 8 days and I only had cell service for two travel days. It was great! The only downfall is, it's been really tough to get back into blogging and marketing. I'm trying to find a nice balance between work and enjoying life. I figure this would be a good post to just bring you up to speed with what I've been up to over the last couple of months. So, here we go. I had an amazing trip down to Yosemite National Park with my dad, brother and a bunch of my dad's friends. Here's a shot of my brother and I up on top of Yosemite Falls.

I have assisted Jetta Productions twice now on two separate Stock Photo Shoots. I never thought this would be of any interest but these shoots are a ton of fun and I have learned an incredible amount in the 5 days I have worked for these guys.

I was hired by ASI to shoot the Rock and Roll Marathon in Seattle WA. It was crazy! I had to get up at 3:30am and shot until 2pm. It was way more work than I anticipated but it was well worth it. I opened up a whole new avenue for work and actually had a great time shooting. It was pretty emotional watching people come thought the finish line. So many people had pictures of friends/family they had lost to Cancer. It was incredible to see people fighting for a cause and really pushing themselves to the limit.

I am training for my third STP ride coming up here in a couple of weeks. This year, I have really been training hard. I have gave up the booze for 6 weeks and have been averaging about 150 miles a week on my bike. I have also been doing spin classes and core training in between rides. It feels AMAZING to be getting stronger and increase my endurance. This year, my brother David will be joining me along with my Dad. Keep your fingers crossed for some sunshine.

Lastly, I have finally started to work on music again after a two year sabbatical. My buddy David (Positive ID) will be producing the whole project and it will be titled Positive Vibrations. We have 6 songs recorded and have been recording about 1 song a week. We're on track to get this thing finished up by Fall. I'm planning on doing a little show for the release after the release. If you haven't heard my first album, Walk With Me, go to www.josephaverage.bandcamp.com to download it for FREE!

Now that the fourth is over, let's all enjoy our long awaited summer!

- Mike

Wallace Falls

On Mother's Day, my dad and my brother and I headed up to Wallace Falls for a nice little hike. It was a gorgeous morning and the parking lot was near empty when we arrived at 9:30am. When we finished the hike, there were cars parked for miles outside of the main lot! We scored for sure.

The hike was beautiful! The river that runs along the trail is so peaceful and inviting. I just wanted to plop a chair down with a six pack and call it an afternoon.

Here are some pics from the hike. I've really been enjoying trying to process journal type photos with an aged film look to them. What do you think?

Shot from about midway up off the beaten path...

My brother "Dr. Jones!"

Me up front along with "Bear Biscuit" and "Dr. Jones!"

Bloomsday 2010

A couple of weeks ago my family all went over to Spokane to run the annual Bloomsday Run. The weather turned out great for the run. I was 4 minutes slower than last year coming in at 1:09 for a big 7.5 miles. I had a great run and snagged some new earbud deals which are awesome and never fell out once. If you are an active guy/adventure dude, then you need to pick these "Yurbuds" up. They are worth the $20/$30 which custom fit to your lobes.

Here are some shots from the trip.

The post run cattle herd.

The finish line bridge.

Priya and Liz post run.

I just had to take this one.

Double rainbow action at my brother's house.

Little boxes, little boxes...

A windy ass view point in Vantage.