Tuesday, January 20, 2009

My little vacation away from home...

I went to Maryland to see my girl. She was away in Italy for a few months so it was awesome to see her and her family. I am grateful they let me spend my Birthday and Christmas with them. Me and Johanna did a lot of site seeing including Washington DC and Gettysburg. I even spent time with Jo's family in Charlottesville, VA(home of Dave Matthews) and a few days in Chapel Hill, NC(where MJ played bball). It was a good time to say the least. They made me feel like I was a part of the family :-) Here are a few memories of my travels...

Went to a Christmas tree farm for the first time.

The search

Weekend with Melissa_5

Cory and the new member of the family

Spent my 27th bday making this monster with everyone ;-)

Happy 27!

and yes... it was as sweet as it looks!

saw some really neat places...

Drive by black and white

It came in the midst of trees

Went on a hike to Sugarloaf mountain in Maryland with Jo

My love

Sugarloaf Ponderer

We went and spent some time with Spencer in Georgetown DC.

black and white Spence


Georgetown Tower

Spence and Jo

We also went to see the lights and a piano concert at the Washington DC Temple Visitors Center.

Merry Christmas from Washington DC!

Then I went back to DC on a different day with Jo and her best friend.

Washington Monument

Jo and Danielle at the Mall

National Museum of Natural History

DC monuments and air_10

The HOPE diamond was there

"THE" Hope Diamond

and some other really cool sights.


Inside the Natural History Museum

Downtown DC

The State Capitol at dusk

DC monuments and air_21

Jo with one of the cool jets

wings made to fly

DC Metro

I even got to go to Gettysburg


We watched the two films... "Gods and Generals" and "Gettysburg" before visiting to help us remember what happened and for me to have images of things past. There was such an awesome feeling there. Such a reverence that demanded your attention. I recommend you all to visit sometime.

North Carolina Infantry Statue

General Lee looking over the grounds

Virginia Memorial

The sky was calling for our attention

I know I should have blogged more about each place but I hope that the images posted will evoke enough thought for you to feel what I felt.

I enjoyed my time on the East Coast. I even touched the Atlantic for the first time. Who would have thought that a local boy would be able to continue his dream far away from where he grew up. It was pretty cool to go to the South also and experience some new things and see places that I never thought I would get to see. My Mothers family is all there and it was neat to hear Southern music and experience a little bit of Southern living.

Mahalo Franco Ohana!

Franco Ohana


liko said...

i love all the pictures!!! isn't the countryside with its big, open spaces just awesome?! i mean, there may not be an ocean like home, but that's what i loved about oregon -- the land and pastures. here that is getting more and more rare as the land is bought up. maryland looks appealing.
and D.C. is so great, huh? i only went as a senior in high school, but i was very impressed with all the history there - the monuments and all. very picturesque.
i thought i would for sure see a ring in there...haha, and that cake looks purdy yummy and just like the picture!
looks like it was very fun!

Aaron + Kayti said...

finally. geez.

i am so glad that you were able to go out there. {we sure are glad that you are back here though} i have never been to DC and that is something that i have always wanted to do. thanks for sharing your fantastic pictures. maryland looks like such a rad place.

Johanna said...

good job. your blog is almost up to date!

aaron eskaran said...

Yeah the open country is pretty nice. We drove all the way from Maryland to Utah. We spent New Years in Missouri and had some good BBQ.

Hopefully there will be a ring soon ;-)

Get out to DC guys!

Willing 'Ohana said...

I have yet to visit D.C. Kainoa went last year for school and he had a great time seeing all the sights. Your pictures are awesome especially the one of the D.C. temple.