We are back on the coast of Santa Cruz, CA! But who shrunk the Highlander?! Our visit to the Bay Area is only a few days, since we are taking off on a road trip through Utah national parks for a few weeks. [3/8/2012]
We are not yet living the "dream". Its an always elusive mystical concept, fleeting and changing throughout your life. Who knows if anyone ever feels like they accomplished what they set out to in life. We are constantly dealing with thoughts that we are not accomplishing enough, not far enough, not "there" yet. During our travels we have learned to accept this state of doubt, to accept change and difficulties as the inevitable price of living in the moment, always keeping in mind that tomorrow is another day.
A quick image from Theodore Roosevelt Island - a national memorial located in the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. Last weekend was the first time we have been to this small park and we have been living in the area for over 20 years. This is why we love photography, it pushes us to explore, to constantly experience new things and reach out to new people. For us its travel and photography, but it doesn't have to mean quitting your job and going thousands of miles. Whether its music, art, good wine or good company, adventure can be found anywhere, all you have to do is be open to it. [2/3/2012]
The past week we have been catching up with friends and attended a number of events around DC. We had two birthdays, a DC Photowalk, a Travel Bloggers Tweetup and visits with friends. Its not easy being social - it takes a lot of time, effort and energy to start and build new relationships. Its a lot easier to stay in the comfort zone of formed friendships where you are guaranteed a fun, relaxing hang out. But just like we learned that living a comfortable life without challenges leads to stagnation, we realized that getting out of the comfort zone in our social life is important as well. So here is to living social and making new relationships.
East coast was cold, rainy and depressing for many days. Started to feel the weight of all the TODO lists that keep getting longer. We got a letter from our condo board about not grilling on the balcony, although we have been doing it for 5 years. All I wanted was to be back to conversations under the stars with a steak grilling over the fire. Well I figured out a way to do that, and screw the board! Grilling in the fireplace is the next best thing! [1/25/2012]
Our second week in DC we were confronted with the past - our past lives, our past apartment, our memories and all the items on our never ending TO DO list that has been accumulating over the past 5 months. We spent a week going through stuff we left behind, tossing a lot of it. One thing you learn travelling long term is that it doesn't matter - your memories are always with you and you should spend your energy living in the present instead of remembering the past! I spent about 1/2 day going through a large box full of albums of old photographs to double check they are all scanned so I can throw them away. And as I was freeing myself from my stuff, I felt myself letting go of the past and embracing the future. [1/24/2012]
We have been back for a week, but I had more time on the road! The east coast is in a deep freeze this week, we cant seem to warm up our place even with the furnace and fireplace. Having to resort to wine and vodka to deal with the cold and stress. Oh wait no, that's just for fun...[1/19/2012]
After 5 months on the road we arrived back to DC. Our tenant moved out so our condo is empty. We walked into our former home with no furniture, bare walls, and our steps echoing of the ceiling. It felt strange at first - it didn't feel like we lived here for so many years - it felt foreign. After unloading the huge pile of firewood that we brought back from the West Coast, we sat on the floor of our living room with some wine, a fire and internet. [1/10/12]
Austin was deserted on a Wednesday morning. Remnants from a party in the form of glitter and confetti were still littering the streets, but most of the bars were closed at 11am. There is one street which is THE party street, with clubs and bars in historic buildings. The rest is mainly suburbs. We did visit the ORIGINAL whole foods. [1/6/2011]