Pretty dreamy weekend! They call Yakima the Palm Springs of Washington, and now I know why. My sister, cousin Sophi and myself had such a lovely time at our aunt and uncle's place. We were only there for one night, but being that the surroundings, climate and lifestyle are so far removed from my life in Seattle, it felt like much longer. Upon our arrival we immediately clamored into our suits and jumped into the pool, where we spent a few hours laughing and splashing around. Our uncle, being the wonderful host that he is, served us iced coffees and PB&J sandwiches poolside - perfect for a hot, summer afternoon lunch. I sun-dried on the patio in the 90 degree heat whilst reading my book (The Unbearable Lightness of Being, by Milan Kundera) and occasionally got up to roam around and take some pictures. The next morning, just as rumored, Unc made a perfect breakfast of blueberry pancakes, eggs, bacon, coffee and orange juice. It was such a peaceful and relaxing time; a perfect mini-vacation. Needless to say, I'll be making every effort to return as often as possible!
I tried using 200 speed film for the roll that I took during our visit and have found that I much prefer it to 400. It produces much softer photographs and prettier colors, whereas 400 is grainy and at times quite dull (I think). I loved just about every picture from the roll I took in Yakima, although that also can probably be attributed to the subjects and landscapes that were so easily available to capture. I think I'm starting to get the hang of it. I'm pretty excited to get better at this.