Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Three cities in one week has to be a record


We’ve been away – yes again. In the space of one week we were busy in Baltimore, MD, Washington DC, and St. Louis, MO. Not long enough at any of them, but all together too long to be away so soon after getting home from our Canadian adventure.

Katie says no more trips until she gets to do something fun.

Winging our way to Baltimore on Southwest very early Monday morning.

I didn’t take my laptop or my camera, and most of the time that was fine. We were too busy to do much in the evenings anyway, except collapse and try to rest up for the next day. But there were probably five or ten or a thousand times during the week that I wished I had my big camera with me.

Oh well, the photos in this blog were all taken with my phone which does an OK job, and in some situations even a better job, than the big camera would have.

Baltimore street in evening light.

So let me catch you up on our travels!

We flew last Monday into Baltimore where we stayed with a friend who, along with a journalist, has written a book about the horrendous experience of losing his wife in a truck crash. His two sons, also with her in the car, were injured, one of them permanently.

A little corner of the library caught my eye.

The book release was last Tuesday and we attended the author event at a huge, beautiful public library in downtown Baltimore. It was fun and we enjoyed supporting our truck safety family member Ed as he spreads the word about unsafe trucks and the extraordinary costs regular families pay so that goods can get to all of us faster and cheaper. And why that has to change.

The next morning we took a train from Baltimore to Washington DC, were we spent the next three days in meetings, educating our lawmakers about four bills we’re supporting.

The DC public transportation system is amazing. Locals there don’t appreciate it as much as those of us who only visit.

It’s a different sort of feeling being proactive rather than reactive. For once we’re asking for support on safety related bills instead of protesting unsafe trucking provisions attached to pending legislation.

One evening we spent the golden hours up near the Capital…

The sun sets on another day of work trying to make our roads safer for everyone.

…and noticed the sun shining off of the Supreme Court building. They were letting people climb the court’s steps, not something that’s always allowed. So of course we ventured up too.

Sitting on the steps of justice.

And just as we were moving on, heading to the train station for our trip back to our hotel, the sun made the building glow.

Like a painting.

Evening back at the hotel was nice too. Our view of the Rosslyn area was stunning, though I was usually too tired to appreciate it.

The phone camera does night shots really well.

Another evening we went to see a baseball game.

Going to the game.

It’s the end of the season, and the local Washington Nationals have already clinched their playoff spot. But the crowd was still excited to be there.

Getting the fans excited.

And as the sun set and the sky went dark the game began. It was perfect out at the ball park, balmy weather, a bit of a breeze…

Play ball!

…and the Nationals won!

It was a good game, lots of scoring, lots of organ music and lots of people watching.

After the game we dawdled on our way back to the hotel, waiting for the crowds on the Metro to thin out. We sat by a fountain at the DOT and watched the water change colors and height.

Blue and pink and green and red lights made this a fun fountain to watch.

Lots of people stood among the trailing water. I just took pictures. No sense heading back to the hotel with wet shoes. Or worse.

Soon our time in DC ended. Saturday morning we headed back to the airport to fly to St. Louis.

Southwest flies out of an older, sort of retro part of National airport. This is the center post and I thought it was cool.

Why St. Louise you ask? Well, this has gotten long enough so I guess you’ll have to wait and see. Plus we pick up you know who tomorrow morning so I need to get my sleep tonight. She’s going to be in a fine fit and I’ll be occupied for some time trying to placate the princess.

You never know how that will go. Well. I guess you do know how that will go, and if you don’t I’m sure she’ll tell you.

Stay tuned.

Oh, she’s going to make us pay for having fun without her. Guaranteed.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

22 thoughts on “Three cities in one week has to be a record

  1. Hi, Dawn,

    Thank you for sharing your travels and the awesome photos. Your phone did an awesome job handling some tricky lighting situations. iPhone? I hope you both get some good sleep tonight. As nice as it is to travel, nothing beats the comfort of your own bed!


  2. haha! Oh, yeah…I so want to read Katie’s post all about these ‘vacations’ of yours. I have a Samsung phone, but I don’t think mine takes near as good photos as yours–they are all beautiful. Welcome back home!


    • Thank you! Katie came home this morning, she isn’t making as big a fuss as normal…and she’s sleeping a lot so I think she stayed awake the whole week. We’ll see if she gets me up at 4 tomorrow morning. I bet she does.

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  3. I’m hooked… do tell quickly on the St. Louis adventure. Thank you for being so strong and determined in your quest for safer roads. I can’t even wrap my mind around how much work you put into this.


  4. Woo Hoo, I notice you’ve got your brace off — as hot as it’s been, I can imagine how happy that makes you! Gorgeous photos. I have a Samsung, too, but I’m not sure it takes as lovely photos as yours does (probably something to do with the subjects being taken, ha!). Boy-oh-boy, I don’t envy you coming up with excuses to give the princess for your long absence — and you know she’ll be reading your posts and seeing all the interesting places you visited (without her), and she’ll make you pay Big Time! May I suggest cookies … lots of them!!


    • I got to take the brace off last week, only need to wear it when, as the doctor said, when I’m in a crowded place. Like DC. So I wore it a lot there, helped to avoid getting my hand shook at numerous meetings. Also sleep in it most nights to avoid accidentally getting it tangled in sheets. But it sure was hot in DC wearing it!

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  5. I like Baltimore and the DC area so I love your photos and story to go with. Beautiful photos of beautiful places. I suddenly feel like I need to schedule a vacay to the area again. Glad you had a good time


  6. I’m quite impressed with the pictures the newer cell phones take, especially since I’ve never cared to learn about manual settings. Love your photos!
    Are you still hearing about it from Katie?


    • I know! And you can change the settings on the phone cameras too, not that I’ve figured out how to do that. I do see that at night the camera does a way better job than anything I’ve been able to figure out how to do on the big camera.

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  7. Hi, Dawn – I’m so sorry to hear about your friend losing his wife in a truck crash. It’s wonderful that you were able to go out to support him.
    BTW – I agree with other commenters about your very impressive photography!


    • Yes, it was a crash much like the one that killed my dad. His wife was killed almost instantly, two sons in the car were injured, one has a permanent brain injury, the other was injured as well but has mostly healed and is now graduated from college and working. The son with the brain injury just graduated from high school but will never work and will always need someone to help him do normal everyday things.


  8. Hi again, Dawn,

    Is the header photo in a train station? At first I thought the location might an airport, but none of the folks have luggage. Inquiring minds want to know! 😊


  9. What great photos with your phone! I am certain Katie will give you the what for!! 🙂


    • I was pleased with the phone too. And this time Katie came home quite happily and only barked at us for a few minutes before exploring the house to make sure all the rooms were still there and then flopping on her pillows for a nap. She obviously is getting used to this whole camp thing and has forgiven us for her summer of not adventures.


  10. It’s true what they say — it’s not the camera, it’s the photographer. Your pictures are wonderful. That’s a lot of travel!

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