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Cherry Blossoms in Washington D.C.

We had perfect timing; the weather was just right and the cherry blossoms were out. We were able to see the cherry blossoms around DC in all of their splendor AND, and this is an important AND – we saw an SR 71 and Space Shuttle! Washington DC is my favorite place to visit – so much to do, most everything is free. All around fantastic visit!

Enjoy the photos!

Chris W.

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New York City in the Spring

We had a quick trip down to New York City at the beginning of April. We walked around a lot and went to a new area that we’ve never been in – the Tennement district. The best part was going up Rockefeller Center and looking out over the city at night – very cool! Oh, and I slipped two photos of Chicago into this. Enjoy the photos!

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Winter 2014

So March is here and supposedly winter will be ending. Lot’s of snow here in New York and it’s been cold in Chicago. The standard unit of snowfall in this area is around a foot; if I see a forecast for snow in Albany I figure we’re getting about a foot, probably more. It’s not windy so the snow simply accumulates and is really pretty.

I  picked up a 36MP full frame DSLR with a wide angle lens and have had a chance to put it thru some paces. Compared to my Canon point and shoot, the DSLR is amazing!

I had a chance to see some sights in Albany and Chicago over the last few weeks and the pictures are below. A few notes:

  • The NY Capitol building is one of the most beautiful building I’ve ever been in. The place has a whole lot of stonework complete with gold covered walls (not even joking).
  • Even from far up above in Corning Tower, Albany still looks like a dump.
  • Chicago is quite pretty in the evenings.
  • My Nikon D800 is amazing. I wish I was half as capable as the camera. The 20MBish photos are insane.

Enjoy the pictures.

Chris W.

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Winter 2013 / 2014 & Travel

We have to travel to go see our family now that we’re in Albany, NY. I also have to travel quite a bit for my work since I work remotely in New York. The winters here in Albany are delightful compared to Minnesota. For example: the snow generally falls vertically from the sky and very gently. In Minnesota, the snow typically is moving horizontally at a very high speed. It doesn’t really get that cold either, generally around freezing. Unlike in Minnesota where it was -30F for awhile. With that said, it doesn’t prevent the folks here in Albany from complaining about the winter :).

So here’s some photos from the last month or so where we traveled back to Minnesota for the holiday & work, Chicago for work and Philadelphia / Pittsburgh for work. I really liked Pittsburgh; great skyline view, great food, great airport, super easy to get around.

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Hiking in the Adirondacks

On our second weekend in New York we headed up to the Adirondacks for some hiking. We hiked up Mt. Wright (not a euphemism for my wife) and enjoyed the scenery. We had to park back a few miles from the trailhead so it ended up being a 13mi round trip. After the hike we spent some time in Lake Placid and enjoyed the area.

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Hiking in the Berkshires

Our first hike in the area was to hike up Mt. Greylock in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. The Berkshires weren’t too far from us and it was a great hike on a beautiful day.

Mt. Greylock is the state high point and we hiked about 6.6 miles and gained 2,100ft to get a view of Massachusetts. We ate tapas afterwards and it was delicious.