Overnight at a Highway Rest Stop

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 18mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec, ISO320
“New Mexico Rest” Deming, 2021

Today I am in the middle of a road trip from our home in Texas to my parents’ house in California. The trip will take two days of driving, but instead of staying at a hotel, I decided to save money and either find a free campsite or stay at a Walmart parking lot (yes, this is a thing!). The rest stop just east of Deming, New Mexico popped up in the map and the reviews were pretty good. I figured I’d check it out and, sure enough, it was pretty nice! I parked by one of the picnic tables and made it my home for the evening.

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 18mm, f/5.6, 1/850 sec, ISO320
“New Mexico Sunset” Deming, 2021

I think there were about 4 other groups doing the same thing, either in their RVs or passenger cars, and I felt very safe. I’m used to camping so this was pretty similar, although I just laid out my sleeping pad and sleeping bag in the back of my car instead of pitching my tent.

I’d say that this is not for everyone, but I’m simply on a long drive to get from point A to point B and not sightseeing. I honestly just wanted to get some sleep before continuing the drive. That being said, I did get to catch a wonderful sunset, and I was able to have dinner (a sandwich I made at home) while video chatting with family. So, it was a pretty good night. 😄

Orchid Snapshot

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO160
“Small Orchid” Cedar Park, 2021

I’m impressed with the quality of the Fujinon XF27mm F2.8 R WR lens. The sharpness, bokeh, and color are so much better than the 23mm f/2 lens on my X100T. It’s not quite as good as the Fujinon XF35mm F2 R WR lens in terms of sharpness, color, and focusing, but it’s excellent for a pancake lens.

FYI, the photo of the orchid has the vibrance bumped up a bit, and sharpness enhanced in the center of the top-left orchid.

Snapshot of the Doggo

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/2.8, 1/75 sec, ISO3200
“Lani” Cedar Park, 2021

Lani! ❤🐶

Yakiniku Dinner

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/2.8, 1/100 sec, ISO1600
“Yakiniku” Cedar Park, 2021

So simple, but so yummy and satisfying! Yakiniku would also be a fine birthday dinner!

We love the cheese trough on our yakiniku pan… I definitely recommend getting a pan that has one.

New Phone

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/2.8, 1/100 sec, ISO1600
“iPhone 12 Mini” Cedar Park, 2021

Today I got a new phone. It’s a green iPhone 12 Mini, and my first iPhone ever. I’ve been using Android phones since the first one (the T-Mobile G1 / HTC Dream), but thought I might as well switch things up this time. My Moto G6 was showing a bit of age and was getting sluggish, especially when using Android Auto in the car. I looked at other Android phones but decided on the small iPhone. I like the design and the size. It’s very cute!

I’m still getting used to iOS, but it’s not too sharp of a learning curve. And Apple Carplay seems to work very well in the Subaru! Maybe my next phone will be Android, but who knows? It’s nice to try something different once in a while.

I hope you had a good day! またね~