Catching Up - Week 14-21 2017

I have failed.  Simple, to the point and honest.  I was not able to complete more then 7 weeks of continuous updates for the 52 week challenge and now have fallen completely behind.  How often does this also happen in our every day lives not just with our hobbies.  We start with a drive to accomplish something and various factors creep in and next thing you know you are over your head trying to catch up.  I am not going to try and catch up at this point but I will continue to use the 52 week challenge ideas to capture them this year just may not be on the week as planned. 

So now I just adapt and find how I want to share my art and for that I will bring you along on our adventures as we explore the Northeast as recent transplants.

The last couple of trips are just me and my wife wanting to get out and explore the area and see some of the beauty that Northern Virginia has to offer.  We started off close to home by checking out Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna.

 Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

 Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

After walking around the gardens which are beautiful we were a bit hungry so decided to give Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken a try and it did not disappoint.  I know what your thinking, Fried chicken at a doughnut place but you would be surprised! 

 Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken

Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken

Next we head out west towards the Shenandoah National park to check out the Luray Caverns which was discovered in 1878 by 5 locals.  When we arrived we noticed an abundance of tour buses and quickly realized the crowd we were in for.  Even though the crowd had numbers the employees moved everyone through quickly and the wait really was not that bad.  

 Wife at Luray Caverns

Wife at Luray Caverns

 Reflections in Luray Caverns

Reflections in Luray Caverns

Following that Memorial day was right around the corner so we decided to find another botanical garden to check out in the area, might as well get those steps in while you check out some beauty in nature!  This lead us to Brookside Gardens in Maryland and it was equally as impressive as Meadowlark and even had a butterfly exhibit!  We did not check it out this trip but will be planning a trip back soon and it will be on the agenda!  For Memorial day we headed out to Burke Lake park as the fog had rolled in pretty thick so wanted to see how the sunrise would pop off, it didn't, but we got in a good walk and some fun pictures!

 Brookside Gardens - Bee!

Brookside Gardens - Bee!

 Brookside Gardens - always hope for a better sky but the view was still great

Brookside Gardens - always hope for a better sky but the view was still great

 Brookside Gardens

Brookside Gardens

 Burke Lake Park, Fog and Yoga, why not?

Burke Lake Park, Fog and Yoga, why not?

 Burke Lake Park - Family day at the lake

Burke Lake Park - Family day at the lake

We have a few trips planned in the next couple of months but will do my best not to wait months before updating again.