On the Road Again

My plane landed back in Ohio three days early so I took the extra time to spend with family before we all packed up and headed to Washington, DC for a little family trip built around Brian’s graduation. It was a blitz trip in DC with my entire family before Brian & I packed up one last time and hit the road one final time.
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National Zoo with Steve

The next day – after returning Emily safely back to her parents following our trip to NYC – I was up early and in the car driving once again towards another mega-metropolis.

My friend Steve and I managed to squeeze in another day of shooting together, only this time we were at the National Zoo in Washington, DC. It’s been a pleasure shooting with you Steve. I hope we get the chance to do it again someday my friend.National Zoo w Steve -3National Zoo w Steve -7National Zoo w Steve -14National Zoo w Steve -17National Zoo w Steve -18National Zoo w Steve -19National Zoo w Steve -20National Zoo w Steve -24National Zoo w Steve -27National Zoo w Steve -28National Zoo w Steve -30National Zoo w Steve -31National Zoo w Steve -39National Zoo w Steve -41National Zoo w Steve -42National Zoo w Steve -43National Zoo w Steve -44National Zoo w Steve -45National Zoo w Steve -47National Zoo w Steve -48National Zoo w Steve -49National Zoo w Steve -53National Zoo w Steve -55National Zoo w Steve -57National Zoo w Steve -59National Zoo w Steve -62

National Zoo: Take Two!

I had the chance to head back to DC for a weekend with Brian, which also coincided with another trip to the National Zoo to spend some time with the pandas and other creatures there, which didn’t disappoint this time either. Hopefully I’ll be able to carve out some time for one or two more trips down here while I’m on the east coast.

Even the drive down doesn’t disappoint. I don’t know that I’ll ever tire of a good road trip.

Brian is a huge fan of scary movies (while I have cried during a sitting of the Blair Witch Project: 2) so we made a point to seek out the stairs from the classic scary picture The Exorcist.

National Zoo

Spending so much time in DC has its advantages:

I get to hang out with my super awesome husband whom I wasn’t expecting to see much of during this time.
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I get to photograph lots of historic and beautiful places that I otherwise wouldn’t have had the chance to. AND I talked said super awesome husband into a quick walkthrough of the National Zoo just so I could a Panda Bear in real life for the first time. Thanks for that super awesome husband.National Zoo - 3National Zoo - 4National Zoo - 5National Zoo - 8

DC

Technically we’re spending the next few months doing our own thing, but unlike deployments of past we actually get to talk (& Facetime) on a daily basis and on visit in person every once in a while. This weekend both Brian & I had free so we met up in Washington DC for a weekend of sight seeing with my cousins who live nearby.

Brian wasn’t free from work until later so I dropped Kratos off with my dad & headed out to suburbia Virginia where I spent the better part of the weekend catching up with my cousin & her family (including new husband Craig and baby Talia, who I hadn’t had the pleasure of meeting yet since their arrival into our family – the kinds of things you miss when you live in Alaska). When he was able to meet up I skipped off to hang out with my main man, even stealing a few hours of alone time with him for a dinner and movie date.DC - 7DC - 9DC - 11DC - 12DC - 14DC - 17