Might as well have called me Mary because I experienced alot of firsts' this last weekend. Let's go through the list.1. Rented a Nikon (thought I would never associate with the dark side).2. Shot stars. (could never do this because I couldn't get red ,green and blue dots to look like stars).3. Happened to catch the Northern Lights. (jumped up and down and screamed like a little girl). 4. Shot the Milky Way (could never stay awake past 10pm to see how amazing the sky really is).5. Went to Sparks Lake which has been on my bucket list for a while now. 6. Was given an air conditioner. (can you believe my luck)?It was probably the most perfect weekend I've had in a long while. My bud Kumler said he and Jessy got me a present from Bali and wanted to give it to me and do a little shooting out in the Gorge. I somehow convinced him to shoot Sparks Lake even though he has the most amazing pics from there already. My husband packed up Jordus (my element) and we headed to Sparks. I loved the shape of these trees and the stars were the most perfect backdrop. After shooting sunrise we went back to the cars and I got some gorgeous scarves in my favorite color in a cute tin from Bali. (My friends rock :) ) We shipped out to find a picnic table to cook up some breakfast. It was the coolest spot with views of 3 mountains and a river running through. Walter cooked garlic fried rice in bacon fat, bacon, sausage and we pacific islanders like salted eggs tossed with tomatoes as a topping for our rice. I cut up some mangos and Andrew made some orange spice tea. Now the conversations we had consisted of how to fool rangers while hiking off trail. These two jokers threw out bear suits but a bear with a pack and tripod would just look a little odd don't ya think? A ghillie suit with wildflowers adorning your back so you could be your own foreground. Last but not least was to dress like a forest ranger and while they both were laughing I was seriously playing out the scenario in my head wondering if I could pull it off . Anyone know where I could get a ranger suit?