Sheri, Hannah & I went on our first real trip in the "new" car we got back at the beginning of this year. One of the nicest things about having it is (in addition to my getting much better gas economy), being able to go places more than 20 minutes away and be reasonably confident the vehicle in question will make it there and back. Since our good friend Ginger couldn't make it down for Trogland 7 this year (much to our disappointment), we decided to work out a time to go visit them up in the DC area.
The trip was tremendously fun. Ginger & William are great hosts, and it was so much fun to hang out with them. We hadn't really done a lot with Ginger in several years and it was great to really have some time to catch up. Also, William is a great guy - I really wish I knew him better. Hannah and Liam seemed to get along pretty well and were really cute playing together. William has decreed that, on our next meeting, there shall be more games.
In addition to some relaxing, we went to Udvar-Hazy and the National Zoo. I, of course, I had a great time taking pictures at both locations. I was particularly impressed with my camera's performance at Udvar-Hazy in terms of high ISO (was shooting at 1600 for most of it) and the 28-135mm IS kit lens I was using (generally at the 28mm due to the size of subject material). That thing may be consumer-grade, but it has given me some impressive results (if not completely consistently). At the zoo, I was using my new 300mm telephoto. I'm not sure how high I rate that zoo in terms of how good it is for photography, but we only got to about 60% of it and several of the enclosures were possessed of animals that weren't exactly cooperative - so maybe i don't have adequate data to make that sort of call. Still, it was a lot of fun and I did get a few really nice shots.
I really love taking people to Udvar-Hazy. I mean, *they have a real space shuttle*!!