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Alexi's graduation from her dietetic internship, June 23, 2006
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Celebratory dinner with Alexi's mom
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Alexi's room is all cleared out!
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Saying goodbye to roommates.
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Alexi leaving her apartment for the last time... maybe.
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Wanna score some Smartfood?
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Buying food for our kayaking/camping trip, and waiting for the rain to end.
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Deploying our rented kayak and setting out for Grape Island in the drizzling rain.
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Welcome to Grape Island - our surprise destination #1. It didn't go quite as I imagined -- it was cold, rainy, and with hordes of mosquitoes ready to eat us alive.
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Nonetheless, we attempted to roast some marshmallows.
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This worked pretty well...
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...until the tide came in and put an end to our fire.
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It rained all night, and in the morning we woke up in lakes of water inside our tent. Our sleeping bags were thoroughly soaked.
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Packing up in the pouring rain. By this point, WE were thoroughly soaked.
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Alexi took it pretty well, though.
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Back at our car. It's still pouring.
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Back at Alexi's apartment to dry off.
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We missed our train to Old Orchard Beach, so we went out to Legal Seafoods for a nice dinner.
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The next train was sold out, so we ended up sitting on the floor most of the way.
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Welcome to the surprise destination #2: Old Orchard Beach. Still cold, still rainy, but at least no mosquitos this time...
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Old Orchard Beach amusement park.
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Well, at least the cold, foggy weather allowed for atmospheric shots like this one.
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"Sunbathing"
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One man's trash is another bird's treasure.
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Waiting for a train outta here.
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Back in Boston, a layover of several hours gives us time to plan our upcoming Europe trip.
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On the night train to DC, the planning continues...
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We spent a couple of days sightseeing in DC.
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They put these ugly little fences everywhere on the Mall. Are they supposed to protect national security or something?
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More ugly fences...
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We were there, dude!
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The Capitol building's rotunda.
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The roof of the Capitol's dome.
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The Washington metro -- arguably, the most efficient public transportation system in the United States.
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Waiting for our train in the Metropolitan Lounge at the Union Station.
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Alexi in our cozy compartment.
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A study in brown.
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Typical scenery on the way to Chicago: pleasant, but nothing too special.
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Self-portrait in the upper bunk.
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Typical midwestern scenery: corn, and lots of it.
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Approaching Chicago.
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Approaching Denver.
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Approaching Boulder in a rental car, July 2, 2006. What a long, strange week it's been...
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Pearl Street Mall in Boulder.
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