After 6 months of tying up loose ends in DC, several shorter trips to Utah, Bolivia, Montreal and Cuba, we're ready to hit the road again! This time we actually did fit everything we owned into the Highlander. Super excited to experience more adventures and meet lots of awesome people and there is no better place to re-start our road trip adventure than Burning Man! 5 days and 2800 miles and we're there....
After an 8 day off roading adventure through Bolivian deserts, salt flats and mountains at almost 5000 meters, we finally got to a town with paved roads, a hotel with a shower and Internet in Tupiza. Here is a quick iPhone shot of our home on wheels - the Lexus / Toyota land cruiser.
This past Saturday we were invited to join about 20 people on the first ever Google Plus Photowalk at the White House. After the walk we had the opportunity to meet with two white house photographers, one of them Pete Souza who is the official photographer of the President.
We spent the weekend at HOLI - the Festival of Colors, Salt Lake Utah getting a lot more colorful :)
The road trip through Utah for the last couple weeks has been a non stop photography adventure, practically living in the car with our friend, driver and photographer Michael Bonocore. We have visited a number of amazing national parks, gone off roading om muddy roads and shot the stars almost every night. Tired and thousands of photos later we arrived in Salt Lake city for the Festival of Colors.
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.