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Lewis Ginter Bontanical Garden http://www.chasingkaiphoto.com/blog/2017/12/lewis-ginter-bontanical-garden

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Gaylord National http://www.chasingkaiphoto.com/blog/2017/12/gaylord-national

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DC City Center http://www.chasingkaiphoto.com/blog/2017/12/dc-city-center We take city photos in the winter and are waiting patiently for our first blizzard.

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Fall Is Still Here in NOVA! http://www.chasingkaiphoto.com/blog/2017/11/fall-is-still-here-in-nova

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Meadowlark Botanical Gardens http://www.chasingkaiphoto.com/blog/2017/11/meadowlark-botanical-gardens

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Canyon Country http://www.chasingkaiphoto.com/blog/2017/11/canyon-country It's Las Vegas for the 2nd time this year but this time around Kai isn't coming. So sad! 

I wasn't sure if I was going to take any pictures without my baby but I packed the XT2 anyway just in case. This camera is so so light that it makes taking pictures so much easier. I wanted to take a scenic drive on my day off to Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon but was only able to do Zion. The rental car company located right inside the Cosmopolitan hotel makes it convenient but it doesn't open until 7AM. It was a late start but once I got on I15, it was quite an enjoyable drive with the legal speed limit topping 80mph. I'm normally a faster driver when there's no traffic but being to drive fast without going above the law felt quite liberating!

I only had enough time to trek about 2miles round trip to the Emerald Pools. Grand Canyon (over 10 years ago) was majestic in its masculine ways but Zion is equally stunning but somewhat more graceful. The Emeral Pools with a small stream running through the canyon from above to create a delicate waterfall were breathtaking. I believe it was the best time to be there because the leaves were in brilliant colors. So wishing Kai was there in some of these pictures!

 

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Happy Halloween http://www.chasingkaiphoto.com/blog/2017/10/happy-halloween We wore the same costume as last year! We are normally low key when it comes to birthdays and holidays. We like to keep these annual celebrations modest and intimate with only close friends and family. Halloween this year Kai began to understand the concept of Halloween but he didn't particularly ask to be any specific character. We were just glad that we can use the same costume again!

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Dupont State Forest http://www.chasingkaiphoto.com/blog/2017/10/dupont-state-forest Dupont State Forest this year was stunning compared to last year. We came right after a good rain so the waterfalls and the leaf colors were spectacular. We hiked to a very nice and kid friendly spot with a grand view of the Tripple Falls but too bad Kai wasn't in the mood to take pictures. Otherwise we would have blown up our Instagram page with his pictures right in front of the powerful waterfalls :)

Travel Tips:

1. The hike is fairly flat and easy enough to bring along an umbrella stroller. We got one for 20 bucks and has been roughing it on all kinds of rocky ruins from Mexico to Greece.

2. We ate here while in Ashville. They had the best pickled okra! They are normally closed on Sundays.

Team.T.K

 

 

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Natural Bridge, VA http://www.chasingkaiphoto.com/blog/2017/10/natural-bridge-va Last year when it was still easier to dress him. The pictures were focused on him and his "stylin" and were shot with the Canon 5d3/ 50mm1.2. This year, as he is growing up and gaining his own identity, I have been trying to place the focus elsewhere unless he is in the mood to take pictures. The adjustment isn't easy because as a clumsy mother, my way of bonding with him has always been taking pictures of him.   

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Blackwater Falls, WV http://www.chasingkaiphoto.com/blog/2017/10/blackwater-falls-wv

One of the most wild and wonderful places on earth! and it's NOT halfway across the continents. Blackwater Falls State Park is only a 3 hr drive from DC! The trails to both Lindy Point and Blackwater Falls are very accommodating for little ones. Having seen the wild imagery of the Meteora in Greece, I didn't expect to see much here but my jaw was dropped when the windy narrow trail opens up to a magnificent vista with vibrant autumn colors. The best thing is it didn't cost us an arm and leg to get here! 

Travel tips:

Don't expect a lot of fancy nice restaurants along the way. We were literally the only car on Interstate 81. This place is where you would go to spot UFOs!

There is only one rustic lodge inside the park. One of my coworkers stayed here and he said a bunch of ratatouilles came out to be friends with him. It was an easy day trip for us.

Try the pizza at the Smokehouse at the Blackwater Falls...yum!

 

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Summers Farm http://www.chasingkaiphoto.com/blog/2017/10/summers-farm

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Apple Picking http://www.chasingkaiphoto.com/blog/2017/10/apple-picking

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The Acropolis of Athens: The Parthenon http://www.chasingkaiphoto.com/blog/2017/9/the-acropolis-of-athens-the-parthenon Talk about a reality check: we see ourselves as educated yet we are less educated than ever. The earth has been around for billion years and has been habitable by humans for the entire duration. It makes you wonder why couldn't have extremely advanced civilizations, some perhaps achieving a higher level of sophistication than us, have spurned, wiped out, spurned, wiped out, and the process repeats more times that we could even imagine. Why couldn't millions of years ago, a race of humans, with technology superior to ours have existed, and then wiped out by a cataclysm.

Having seen quite a few ruins in different countries in the world, The Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu in Peru, Chichen Itza in Mexico, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, etc., and now the Acropolis Parthenon, I would have to say these ancient structures all possess a single mystery. One that defies modern technology and logic. Could these ruins be evidence of a long-lost civilization? We will just never know. The earth has simply been around far too long, and we (as our current society), have been around for only a mere spec of its existence.

 

The Parthenon

                             

Temple of Zeus

                

Our Last Night in Athens: Syntagma Square

             

It was definitely a great journey with lots of wonderful memories. Although we won't be back anytime soon but if we do come back, these islands will be on itinerary: Mykonos, Crete, and Corfu. 

Αντίο, Greece!

Team.T.K

 

Bonus: Our itinerary 

3 nights in Athens: visit Plaka neighborhood and market, Monastikari Square, Acropolis Parthenon, Temple of Zeus.

Fly to Santorini

3 nights in Santorini: visit Black Sandy Beach, Perissa beach, Kamari beach, Fira townFirastefani town, Oia town, Ammoudi Bay.

Ferry to Naxos

3 nights in Naxos: visit Apiranthos town, Apollonas beach and fishing village, Agios Prokopios beach, Kastro, Mikri Vigla beach, Portara

Ferry to Athens

1 night in Athens

1 night, 2-day tour to Kalambaka to see the Meteora

1 night in Athens: visit Syntagma Square

 

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Meteora - Kalambaka, Greece http://www.chasingkaiphoto.com/blog/2017/9/meteora---kalambaka-greece When you take 2.6K pictures of a 2-week trip and you have no idea how to even start editing so you just start working backward. The Meteora Monasteries was the last leg of our itin and it was one with the fewest pictures of all (96). We took a 2-day tour (the only tour we signed up for while in Greece) via public train, bus and car. Much to our luck, the train broke down 1/2 way through the trip. The 5-hr train ride turned to 8-hr. Good thing is that we still made it before sunset so I was able to capture these precious moments and bring them home!

This place is beyond what I have read about and more. It is the true meaning of William Blake's famous quote: "Great things are done when men and mountains meet". I would prefer he said "humans" instead of "men" but let's leave that for a rainy day. The Meteora is nothing but mesmerizing, mystical and just simply inspiring. The human's capability is mind blowing just because they want to fulfill their desire to reach the Divine. 

Travel Tips:

1. Do not sign up for any tour to visit the Meteora. Rent a car instead. The roads are paved and so easy to drive. Public transportation isn't reliable especially when you travel with small children. I would rent a car and drive to Poseidon to catch the sunrise then drive to Kalambaka. Check in to a hotel to rest then catch the sunset on the Meteora Monasteries. Drive to Delphi the next morning then back to Athens.

2. Do get a private driver when you are in Kalambaka. The paths up to Monasteries are paved but with high and steep inclination and very windy. The locals know where to stop for great photo spots too.

3. Do sign up for a tour in Kalambaka if photography isn't the only thing you're interested in. They will take you inside churches and monasteries. Could be interesting if you're interested in religion.

4. We stayed here in Kalambaka. It was part of the tour package but it was a nice hotel. For a 3-star hotel, it was more than what we expected.

 

 

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So Long Naxos http://www.chasingkaiphoto.com/blog/2017/9/so-long-naxos Our time on Naxos was well spent chasing the sun and the moon. Thanks for the breathtaking meditating sceneries, the mouth watering grilled seabass, the warm hospitality and most of all, thanks for allowing me to add your amazing light to my collection. 

Leaving the Naxos posts with the most iconic imagery of the Greek island, Portara - Temple of Apollo. So long Naxos!

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Naxos, Greece - Every Vacation Day is a Gift http://www.chasingkaiphoto.com/blog/2017/9/apiranthos-naxos We arrived in Naxos in the afternoon from Santorini by a fairly decent 2hr ferry ride. We booked VIP and only had to pay 1/2 for Kai's seat but we got almost the entire VIP section of the Super Runner to ourselves plus a private restroom and the grand view of the Aegean sea from the front deck of the ferry.

Naxos is considered the largest of the Cyclades but we were able to loop around the whole island in just about a day by car with frequent stops at various cafes, beaches, and any photo sights. Driving on Naxos felt quite therapeutic after the madness on Santorini. It's not wise IMHO to rely 100% on Google Maps. It often takes you off the main highway and you will end up at some deserted areas with no signs of civilization or someone's backyard and you better hope and pray the homeowner isn't a Republican :-).

 

Apiranthos

                 

Agios Prokopios

Kastro Castle

     

Mikri Vigla

Aegean Sea

1. To book your ferry: FerryHopper

2. To book your car: NaxosRentACar. We got a brand spanking new Nissan Micra, which was much more reliable than the one we got on Santorini.

As always, thanks for reading and don't forget to check out my handmade collection at Team.T.K.

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