Flashback Friday: Washington DC

* NaBloPoMo: Day 11 *

“My first wish … is the see the whole world in peace, and the Inhabitents of it as one band of brothers, striving who should contribute most of the happiness of mankind” ~ George Washington, 1785


Kinda taking an easy way out today, and also with a nod to our amazing Veterans on Veteran’s Day … I’m going to share some old photos of the time we went to Washington DC. it was Memorial Day weekend in 2008, which meant there were lot of fun little things happening in DC that weekend, some we were able to photograph and some not. We got to witness the Rolling Thunder Run as it passed Arlington National 10398549_55268772746_3013144_nCemetery and that was just plain awesome. There was a giant Folk Music Festival on the Mall as well as the big concert at The Capitol and another big memorial event at Arlington National Cemetery where the President spoke. We didn’t plan any of it, but it turned out that Memorial Day Weekend is a pretty cool weekend to go to DC.

A highlight for me was visiting the World War II Memorial. I had been to DC before, but this wasn’t around then, and World War II is one of my favorite subjects, so I was so excited to see it, and it didn’t disappoint. I love the shot of Jamison sitting at the Freedom Wall. A wall with 4,048 gold stars on it, each star representing 100 Armed Services personnel that died or are listed as missing from World War II. Powerful. 10398549_55268627746_5523279_n

We visited all of the other memorials as well, including the Vietnam War Memorial and the Korean War Memorial. Every one of them just as sobering as moving as the other. We happened upon a Navy Memorial Service totally by accident and it was pretty sweet to see. J got to get a photo with some of the honor guard.

In addition to all of the war related memorials, we did the requisite tourist stuff and visited every possible museum and building and memorial possible. We walked our asses off and it was an amazing weekend. I love Washington DC and if you have never visited, you need to do it. It can be done reasonably inexpensively, the train system will get you anywhere you need to go at a decent price and you don’t have to try to drive in the madness that is DC traffic, and there is more to see than you could expect.

I really hope to get back again soon with the kids, now that they are older they will have a whole new appreciation for much of city. From somber memorials to amazing art galleries. From fun tourist trap locations to just wandering the side streets and looking at some amazingly beautiful architecture. From the fantastic National Zoo to the parks and walking paths. It’s most definitely one of my favorite places in the country.


Creek Life

13658964_10153724600722747_4726603674037489535_nI spent a portion of this past weekend, surviving the sweltering temperatures and heat advisories, by walking in the woods. More specifically, by walking in the water.

I’ve always said that Highbanks Metro Park reminds me so very much of growing up and the land behind my house. I grew up in a house nestled in the woods. Behind it, was large area with winding dirt paths, a deep, wooded ravine with a creek running through. A big old waterfall with a sort of a cave underneath. Rope swings and log crossings and general good times. I loved my “backyard” at home and miss it very much. 13775628_10153724600582747_310236962300977465_n

I went to Highbanks on Friday evening and realized how easy it was to get to the creek at one point on the path. So, I ventured down and played in the water a bit. On Sunday, I put on my water/trail shoes and went back. I hit the creek close to the Nature Center and followed it to the river, then walked in the river as far as I could, until I had to get back on t13620161_10153724600677747_6758577885989405491_nhe trail again.

It was wonderful.

I enjoyed it so much, I went and did the same thing at Blendon Woods. Walked a trail until I got to the creek, went off trail in the water until I found some trail again. Now, my goal is to hit up all the Metro Parks and find more water. It was peaceful, fairly cool considering, and just a great way to spend a day.

If you need me. I’ll be playing in the creek.

Getting Dirty

A couple of weeks ago I went for my first honest-to-goodness trail run … and it was AWESOME! There is a great trail at Alum Creek State Park – The Rocks and Roots Trail. If you want to give trail running a shot or even just take a nice walk in the woods, check it out!

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It reminded me very much of where I grew up and spent my summer evenings and weekends. We had a house, quite literally, in the woods and my back yard was a large area with a huge ravine, creek, waterfall, trails, critters, mud and so much fun.

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I spent countless hours out in the woods, both by myself and with my friends. It was the most wonderful place and being back in that kind of environment was simply fantastic. I got muddy and wet and had an amazing workout.

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Of course I took lots of pictures, as I tend to do. All of them were taken with my phone, so the quality isn’t great, but every turn brought back more and more memories and I just couldn’t not capture them.

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Life and weather has prevented me from getting back out there, so I’m counting the days until I can go again. I have a feeling I will be spending a lot of time on these trails. And I can’t wait.

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A Thing I Like To Do

So, I found myself with some time to kill today and an absolutely beautiful day. I decided that it had been WAAAAY too long since I had taken a picture of anything for not other reason than I just like taking pictures of things.

I went to a local park here in Columbus, Inniswood Metro Gardens. It is an absolutely beautiful park and I clearly was not the only amateur or professional photographer with this idea. There were probably 30 or so people wandering the grounds with cameras. Lots of families having photos taken in front of some of the most gorgeous tulips I’ve ever seen.

I walked around the park and truthfully there were just too many people there. I did manage to get a few shots, although I was using a camera I have not used before, so they aren’t really good shots. But it was fun to be out doing it again.

Here is what is hopefully the first in a series of my photography. Enjoy!