Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Well, I made it through a part of my vacation without hauling all of my digital SLR gear around with me. The last day of our DC trip and all of our SC / GA trip I just used my Fuji f100fd point and shoot. I had my dslr stuff with me in DC but I didn't even take it with me down south. It was hard leaving it behind, but I wanted to travel light and take the minimum amount of stuff since there were 5 of us traveling. It always looks like we're moving to Beaufort whenever we go, but with all 5 it seemed like a lot more. All the pics from this post down to the first cemetery shots were with my F100. I know Rick Lee says "it's not about the camera", but I think the camera did a pretty good job. I missed my dslr stuff a little, but we were so busy it would've been a hassle to carry it around all the time.
...not crowded!! The top picture is Hunting Island near Beaufort, SC and the other is Jekyll Island near Brunswick, GA. My wife's Dad lives just a few minutes from Hunting Island and about 2 hrs. from more family in Brunswick.
My daughter and I were waiting out a storm at the "Sands". The "Sands" is a public beach area right across the sound from Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot. We go there to look for shark teeth and watch the dolphins. We found 3 shark teeth in about 5 minutes, right before the storm rolled in. We also saw the most dolphins we've ever seen at one time, there were at least 15 jumping and playing in the water. I don't have any pictures of them, so you'll just have to take my word for it.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
I was sitting on a wall near the old executive office building waiting for the girls to buy some souvenirs. While I was sitting there a uniformed Secret Service officer came by and told me that the south lawn of the White House was open for tours, so we went. It was pretty cool gettin' to be that close to the White House.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
The girls and I split up on Sunday, so I went to the Holocaust Museum that afternoon. The last couple of times we've been up there I've thought about going but never got to. It is definitely something you have to go see. I only got to see the Permanent Exhibit "The Holocaust" because I got there late in the afternoon. Before you get on the elevator that takes you to the exhibit you pick up an ID card. That card tells the story of a real person who lived during the Holocaust. My card was for Jakob Frenkiel. We've been to DC several times and we've seen a lot of museums, but the thing I noticed about this one was how quiet it was. All you could hear were the sounds of peoples footsteps. The part of the exhibit that sticks with me most is when I walked into a large room that was filled with thousands and thousands of shoes confiscated from prisoners and the old, musty smell that came from them. The next time we go to DC I'm going to make sure to go through the rest of the museum. I've been reading some of the Holocaust Encyclopedia available on their web site and have learned a lot. There was no photography allowed in the exhibit, but I got this shot outside. I can't help but wonder if they are survivors.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Today was our second day in DC. We walked over 10 miles, but had a great time. We've been in the Washington Monument before, but we had some family that haven't been before so we went again. It's always cool to go inside the monument. I just wish they'd let you walk up instead of riding the elevator. We also cooled our feet in the fountain at the WWII memorial. That felt good!
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
We went for a hike at Kanawha State Forest today and got caught in the severe thunderstorm that passed through around 5 pm. We rode the storm out under some rocks on Polly Trail. We had a good time waiting and we didn't get a bit wet. We hiked Polly, Wildcat Ridge and Beech Glen trails. I took the pictures with my Fuji f100. All but one were either 800 or 400 iso. This is the second day in a row that we've been caught by a bad storm. Yesterday we were on a canoe trip on the Coal River when that storm came through (we got soaked).
These are some photos taken last summer with my faithful Fuji f20 point & shoot. It was a great little camera and will be missed very much. :-( My daughter had recently taken it over and had made some great photos with it. She took her prize winning photo "After the Game" with it.
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