As we near a decade of your vacation photos, Take Us Along has remained popular and in fact, the competition is getting stiffer with readers finding more creative and imaginative ways to include their copy of the Weekly on their trip.
It all started unofficially when former Police Chief Tim Neal sent us a snapshot of him, the Weekly and the Statue of Liberty and eight years later and a waiting list to boot, you continue to elicit smiles around our office with your photos. In fact, we even have some "return customers" if you will, and we enjoy recognizing faces of people we've seen around town.
Keep 'em coming: Send photos to firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line "Take Us Along," or mail to Pleasanton Weekly, 5506 Sunol Blvd., Ste. 100, Pleasanton, CA 94566. Any caption information such as who is in the photo, where you are and anything fun you did on your trip is appreciated. Happy travels!
Amador Valley High School senior Chris Connolly somehow manages to keep his copy of the Weekly dry in one hand while he holds the line wakeboarding with the other on Lake Shasta. It's no easy feat and we're thinking he must have pretty good vision--and focus--to be able to read in such distracting conditions! Chris was at the lake with his and another family for their annual summer houseboating trip.
Mary Jane Casper, Andrea Ramirez, Angela Ramirez Holmes, Peggy Herndon, Cheryl Cook-Kallio, Susan Piekarski and Gloria Dyer share a copy of the Weekly with President Obama (okay, so it may be just his likeness) in Washington, D.C. during the inauguration.
Weekly smells the roses
Wendy Rager and her mother took a cruise with the Weekly throughout the Netherlands and Belgium. One of the highlights of the trip was this park outside of Amsterdam called Keukenhof. The park is open only two months of the year and has 7 million flower bulbs planted within it. Wendy reports she carried the paper for two weeks before "we found the perfect spot to take the photo." What dedication, and we appreciate it!
When in Rome, read the Weekly
Jane Kobayashi, who works in the City Clerk's office for the city of Pleasanton, sent us this photo of her and the Weekly near the Fontana del Moro at Piazza Navona, Rome.
Robin Brozosky and her friend Shilpa Girimalji, both from Pleasanton and students at UC Santa Barbara, brought the Weekly along to Scotland. Here they are in front of the William Wallace Monument and the Braveheart statue "that looks EXACTLY like Mel Gibson, might I add," Robin reports. The pair spent the fall semester studying abroad in Stirling, Scotland.
Bjorn Jensen took a copy of the Weekly with him aboard a cruise ship in the Panama Canal. The man-made canal is one of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken.
Aruba, Jamaica, ooh I wanna take ya...
Kyle, Janet, Steve and Troy Bachand took the Weekly along to scenic Aruba. Here they are at the Natural Bridge.
A Weekly climb
Nick, 9, Alec, 4, and parents Laura and Rob took the Weekly with them to New Mexico. First, they went to Bishop's Lodge in Santa Fe, then to a national monument in Bandalier. While in Bandalier, they climbed a 140-foot ladder to cave dwellings where Indians lived over 400 years ago.
Heidi White of Cyclebath bicycle shop downtown sent us this photo of the Cyclepath Pleasanton riding group ready to depart on one of the shop's free weekly group rides. Can you guess how many wheels are in this photo? Neither can we.
Graduating the Weekly
Katie Reilly, Michelle Jones, Rachel Mclean, Jason Louie, Tiffany Louie, Josh Buck, Katelyn Drumm and Zac Aufdermaur pose with the Weekly in Ensenada, Mexico. The teens were on a cruise to Mexico for their graduation from Amador Valley High School.
Tonni Chandler, a local Realtor, poses with her daughter Courtney (and the Weekly of course) in Portofino, Italy. Chandler, her daughters and friends Evette and Danielle Pope traveled for two weeks across northern Italy: Milano, Lake Como, Venice, Siena, San Gimignano, Castellina, Greve, Pisa, Cinque Terre, Santa Margherita and Portofino. Chandler adds that the highlight for her girls was a gondola ride in Venice, naturally.
Jash Vora took the Weekly to the Great Pyramids Of The Ghiza in Cairo, Egypt with his parents and grandparents. Jash especially enjoyed his Egyptian vacation because he had just finished studying about Ancient Egypt in history at Harvest Park Middle School.
Brandon James traveled with the Weekly on a school trip to Machu Picchu in Peru. Often referred to as the "Lost City of the Incas," it was built around 1460, but was abandoned as an official site for Incan rulers a hundred years later, at the time of the Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire.
Daniela Hansell poses with the Weekly at Bran's Castle in Transylvania, Romania, which is known as Dracula's Castle, near Brasov. Daniela reports "luckily, I had all that garlic at lunch to keep Dracula at bay!"