The Truth Is…

14 Aug

There is a lot about traveling that isn’t glamorous.  For me, it generally involves sitting in a car or a plane for too long, eating too much trail mix and peanut butter crackers, and public restrooms….ewwwww….

In the end, though, the memories and self-discovery that comes with pushing the boundaries of our comfort zone and experiencing other people and cultures far outweighs any cramped legs and turnpike tolls.  I did the cost-benefit analysis and traveling came out on top!

A Quiet Road

A Quiet Road

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” — Andre Gide

The next few weeks will involve a fair amount of travel.  I’m going to Pennsylvania for a brief visit this weekend (Chambersburg area…any photo stop suggestions are welcome!) and then Chicago over Labor Day (suggestions also welcome!) to visit some photo-friends.  We’re going to photo-walk the heck out of the Windy City. 🙂

While I hope to come away with some nice photos to share with you, more importantly, I hope to come away with some good memories.  In the end, all we really have is our experiences.  They have molded us, for better or worse, into the person we are today.

Every day I wake up and feel fortunate for the opportunities I have, for my ability to work hard, and for the life experiences I’ve collected and for the memories I’ve made exploring.  As long as I am able, I intend to continue traveling.  In my world, it represents more than just a great landscape photo.  It’s also a reminder to embrace tolerance and acceptance, to appreciate both what I have and what other people have taught me, and to experience life.

It is also my sincere hope that every one of you has the opportunity to push your own comfort zones, to appreciate the good in someone or something different, to enrich your own lives with diversity and acceptance.  For those times when you can’t though…well, I’ll try to put together a few images from the places I’ve seen to tide you over until you can get there yourself. 😉

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7 Responses to “The Truth Is…”

  1. bestkeralatravel August 14, 2012 at 7:52 am #

    nice dear

  2. Jeremy August 14, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    Chicago is AWESOME! You have to visit Millennium Park, that’s where the “bean” is. An architectural boat tour is also very cool and awesome. Navy pier has fireworks every Wednesday at night, and a huge ferris wheel. There is a huge fountain near the lake, a great zoo that is free, too. Michigan Ave is full of people and high-end shops. The observation deck of the Willis tower is best visited during a week day, but worth it anytime: make sure you get out into one of the glass cubes that stick out the side 🙂 The Field Museum is great (Sue loves to pose for photos). But above all, get a legit Chicago style hot-dog and real deep dish pizza!

    You can spend a couple weeks there an not get it all in, there is so much! Oh, Devon St is a huge multi-curtural area; you will feel like you are in another country as many people still wear the traditional clothing from their home country (you can even buy a sari there!)

    [I’ve been several times and have great friends there. Wish I could join you!!]

    • seeingspotsphoto August 14, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

      Dude! All of these tips are awesome! Thank you so much for the advice!! =)

  3. melmannphoto August 14, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

    For me sometimes just the travel is therapeutic, almost doesn’t matter if I get to my destination.

    The Art Institute on Michigan Ave. in Chicago has a great collection of Impressionists – definitely worth the time to take a look.

    • seeingspotsphoto August 14, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

      I agree 100%! Sometimes it’s so nice just to get away.

      Thank you for the advice! I appreciate it!

  4. 12thsonoflama August 16, 2012 at 5:14 am #

    Agreed Chicago is awesome for photos – so enjoy your time in the city over Labor Day.

    A few of my favorite spots (not mentioned by Jeremy) but agree with his as well.

    1) Navy Pier – not the touristy parts of Navy Pier but find the first parking garage on the east side of the Ferris Wheel (closer to the lake) and go up to the very top just before sunset. One of the only places to get a sunset shot of the skyline without being on a boat but then you have the motion of the water to contend with.

    2) The Bean in Millennium Park is really cool but if you don’t go early in the morning – preferably around or before sunrise you will be mobbed with people getting in your shot and leaving hand prints all over the bean and spoiling the reflection. This is close to Buckingham Fountain too and you can take photos of that in the early morning light as well – although I’m not sure if it will be going off every few minutes where the water shoots high into the sky early in the morning.

    3) The Loveable Losers – yes the Cubs are terrible but they will be playing the Giants that weekend and if you are in Chicago and want to get some good pictures that friends/family will recognize – Wrigley Field is the place to be. Tickets are the cheapest they’ve been in years because the Cubs are essentially a minor league club. Avoid the bleachers unless you are looking to drink a ton of beer – otherwise the weekend crowds there can get obnoxious (and tickets are rarely discounted)

    4) Trump Tower is the newest addition to the skyline and a very cool looking building – I’d recommend getting some shots of that from the Chicago Riverwalk

    5) The Hancock Tower – it is further north than the Willis Tower but a little shorter. However, it has better views of the other skyscrapers in the city. You really can’t go wrong with this or the Willis. Just be ready to wait, and wait, and wait in line if you are only there on the weekend. It can be BRUTAL

    6) The University of Chicago campus – could be Harry Potter with all the old gothic looking buildings and churches. It’s out of the downtown area but if you have wheels and can get down there its pretty cool

    For deep dish pizza (another food must) I have to suggest Pequad’s pizza. It’s where all the ‘locals’ eat that isn’t very well known. A couple others that are well respected – Gino’s East, Lou Malanati’s and the Art of Pizza. Avoid Uno’s and Duo’s downtown. They used to be good but are now chains and quality has suffered dramatically. IMO.

    Enjoy your visit!

    • seeingspotsphoto August 17, 2012 at 4:55 pm #

      Wow! Thank you so much! Those are great tips, especially the pizza! I really love trying new places, particularly local restaurants. I’ll try to check out of one the deep dish places! =)

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