Taking a Break

June 29, 2012

Adobe employees prepared for sunny beaches, nature hikes, chilly water, rock climbing and more on their vacation time.  Here’s how a few spent or planned to spend their vacations:

I spent the Adobe break battling the sizzling Hawaiian heat while running my first ½ marathon in Kona on the Big Island. This was the culmination of a 3-month training and fundraising program I did with Team Challenge, a nonprofit that raises funds and awareness aimed at improving drugs and ultimately finding a cure for Crohn’s & Colitis diseases. I raised $5,800 and ran the half marathon in 2:08.

-Kevin F., Staff Consultant



My partner and I are flying out to the Big Island of Hawaii to attend the 50th wedding anniversary of some friends. What we love about the Big Island is its total lack of pretension and the general joy people seem to have. I love sitting on my lanai eating my breakfast (fresh papayas grown locally) and watching the dolphins and whales just off the coast frolicking in the water. I talk to my neighbors and hear their stories on how they came to the Big Island and we develop new friends each time we’re there.  We usually like to go to the top of Mauna Kea to watch a sunset – there’s something about the crystal air and zero smog at 13,796 feet about the blue Pacific that gives color such a spectacular clarity! Mahalo.

-Greg O., Manager, Data Integrations

My husband and I (Tom D., – also an Adobe employee) are heading back to Telluride, CO for the July shut down.  I can’t wait to hike, bike, and hear some live music on the mountain.  And the small town of Telluride puts on a July 4th parade and fireworks show like no one else.  Hiking will be a little more challenging this year since our “baby” is now a toddler and weighs a lot more than he did last year!  This is a photo from our trip to Telluride last summer. 

– Melissa B., Senior Program Manager Globalization, Core Services


I have been climbing outdoors about an year, and I enjoy weekend trips to nearby crags such as Castle Rock State Park in Palo Alto, Pinnacles National Monument, Mt. Tam, Mt. St. Helena and Yosemite Valley.  On long weekend and breaks, I love getting out in High Sierra, down in Southern California to J tree, or Nevada or Arizona.  I camp and climb with a variety of people, and I am glad to have a good job with nice vacations in a place that is accessible to all these amazing outdoor sites.

-Miki M., E-Commerce Associate WEB QA Engineer


I am traveling with my family to France and the UK where I will compete in a swim race across Lake Windermere, the longest lake in England. The 11-mile race will take between five and six hours and we’ll do it without wetsuits in 58 degree water. It’s a fundraiser for two charities and I expect to meet some very interesting, if not crazy, long-distance swimmers from the UK and Europe.

-David R., Director Product Marketing Design Digital Imaging Product Marketing



During the 2012 summer shutdown week, I’m going to hike the Wonderland Trail, which is 93 miles long and encircles Mount Rainier. Over the course of the journey, I’ll end up climbing over 20,000 feet of elevation as the trail winds its way through pristine rain forests, past glaciers and up and over the ridges coming down from the tallest and most glaciated volcano in the lower 48 states.

Due to late season snowfall this year, much of the trail is covered in snow, which will make route finding challenging in places. Coupled with having to carry the extra weight of crampons and possibly snowshoes… well, it’s going to be an adventure. I’ll bring a camera, hoping the weather will cooperate and I’ll find myself needing it.

-Zac B., Software QE Developer