January 9, 2011

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By Katharine

Nathan and I are winners! Sadly not mega-million winners (although I did buy my first lottery ticket for the $350 million jackpot), but otherwise we are 2-for-2.

Last year we entered a national parks video contest where you had to submit a 2 minute video about your favorite national park. If you haven’t already seen it, you can check our our entry on youtube. We had a lot of fun on our trip to Sequoia NP to make the video, but the video editing part was exhausting. Still, it paid off when we won one of the 10 runner up spots! We got a lot of cool loot including a sweet camera, a national park pass, a gift certificate to Merrell, and the DVD set of the Ken Burns series on the national parks.

But this year, when we entered the Marina del Rey photo contest, we weren’t expecting to win. Especially because the winners were chosen at random, no skill required, you just had to complete the 10 (simple) challenges. We almost considered not submitting our entry because it was kind of a hassle, but we figured we might as well. And as luck would have it, we won the grand prize for the category we entered! And we scored another good collection of prizes:

– Overnight stay at the Marina del Rey Ritz Carlton with brunch at jer-ne

– 3 double-kayak rentals

– Dinner at Vu Restaurant

I guess we’ll get to have a sweet weekend get-away sometime, but I think we’ll wait until it gets a little warmer so we can take advantage of the pool and kayaking.