2013: Year in Review

Because it was so much fun a last year

January:  Spending New Years in the Golan, hiking Masada, and staying in this most amazing of places in the Negev desert (home of the HBDP) — all during Jenelle’s visit.

January 5, 2013 | Negev Desert, Israel

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LLAP around the world

When traveling with me, one must take a moment to be photographed doing the Vulcan salute. It is known. (For real.) (Seriously.)

Here’s a round-up of a few of my favorites.

On the wall around Graceland, during my birthday trip there in 2011 with Jonathan, Alissa, and Kate. (After this picture was taken, I can clearly remember Kate saying, “Was the hand thing really necessary?” Yes. Always.)

Vulcan Salute on the walls around Graceland
April 16, 2011

On the grass near the port in Galway, on one bright, sunny Irish morning. (So green.)

on the grass in Galway
October 29, 2012

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“I Bring Order to Chaos.”

In which Tank and I finally visit Qumran and celebrate First Contact Day with a cake shaped like the Starship Enterprise.

Tank and Emily at Qumran
April 5, 2013
Enterprise-E Cake
April 5, 2013

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St. George’s Monastery / Wadi Qelt

Last weekend, I went hiking in Wadi Qelt. A colleague recently got the book Walking Palestine, so a group of us spent the night in Jericho before driving out to St. George’s Monastery in Wadi Qelt and walking back.

February 23, 2013

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Hiking Boots Dance Party

I recently had a friend visiting from DC. While she was here, we drove down to the Negev and stayed at the Desert Days Eco-Lodge, which was “sustainable with a capital ‘S'” (according to Lonely Planet). It. was. gorgeous.

We had a fire pit and an indoor fireplace for warmth, which we took full advantage of. After enjoying a fire outside, Jenelle suggested we rock a hiking boots dance party inside.

Outdoor firepit at the Negev Eco-Lodge
January 3, 2013

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