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Lightning Quick Day Trip to Boston

We really were on a short time schedule, with the pre-wedding celebration in the afternoon, but we headed out to Boston, 45 minutes away, to see what we could squeeze in. Even though the four energy drinks were still buzzing in my blood.

7615WelcomeToMA

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Hydroplaning All The Way To New England

Road trips aren’t necessarily my favorite, not when we’re driving for more than two hours, but heading north isn’t as bad because of the scenery from the road. As opposed to driving south. We were headed to Massachusetts for one of Nduku’s friend’s pre-wedding celebration.

The plan was to leave before rush hour started, but Nduku got stuck waiting for a rental car to become available. Note to self: never rent from Dollar. And we ended up with a Ford Focus. Not the worst car in the world, but little did we know we were headed into a monsoon and the Focus wasn’t quite the best car for it.

Until then, though, we had pleasant weather. We made it through Baltimore enjoying the usual view from the highway. There’s skyscrapers, the boats in the harbors and ports, the sports stadiums and the tunnel taking us under the bay.

Exit to Inner Harbor, Baltimore MD

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Work Takes Me To West Virginia for the First Time, Probably the Last Time, Too

I travel from time to time for work. Visiting college campuses, mostly within a few hours drive from the office. Most of the schools being in Virginia. But this time, for the first time, I visited West Virginia.

You hear all the stereotypes of the campus, the people in West Virginia and so forth, but I had no idea what to expect. I figured no different from any other college campus that attracts people from more than just the college. West Virginia University has several tens of thousands of students, and because the out-of-state tuition is sometimes lower than some states’ in-state tuition, they get a lot of people from a lot of places.

As soon as bossman and I drove onto the campus, though, one of the students walking by gave us the finger. Welcome to West Virginia.

Anyway, it was a business trip, a day trip at that, so we didn’t venture off the campus. No sightseeing. No detours or scenic routes, though the normal routes were pretty scenic for people who live in the city. But, I did fire off this one photo of the basketball arena.

WVU Basketball Arena

Something tells me, unless it’s for work, I won’t be coming back to Morgantown, West Virginia.

48 Hour Day Trip to Houston For a Wedding

One of the lady’s friends from high school was getting married in Houston, so we hopped on a plane and headed out to the Lone Star State. It was a really quick, hit-and-run, day trip kind of trip. We did a lot of driving around, marveling at how spread out Houston is. And how we spent more time on highways than anything else to get around.

Welcome To Houston Texas

We flew into George Bush Intercontinental Airport, wondering if it was different from an international airport. We took the shuttle to where the rental cars are. We spent much more time there than we wanted to because the lady’s driver’s license number has already in the system for someone else. Apparently, some states use the same numbering system and the car rental’s system couldn’t sort by state. Backwards.

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Mapping Our Walking Tour of Manhattan

The lady and I were in New York this weekend, visiting Ingrid, one of Nduku’s friends. We were fortunate to stay at Ingrid’s Bed & Breakfast in Brooklyn — a pleasant surprise since I thought we were sleeping on the sofa — staying in the “Purple Room.”

Since Najwa was back in DC at a going away party for her buddy DJ, Nduku and I had a chance to do some walking. I’m walk we did!

We started in Brooklyn, walking a couple of miles from a Bed & Breakfast we were staying, down Broadway in Brooklyn, to Myrtle Avenue subway station. I couldn’t convince Nduku to walk all the way to Manhattan which was only another five miles.

What I couldn’t include in the route is all the walking we did at the 9/11 Memorial, in and out of stores, the backtracking because of the crowds, the number of times we turned around on a street because we saw something more interesting on another street, the walking in and out of the subway system going down one set of steps to find out we were on the wrong side so we had to go to the other side [MTA needs elevators!] and so on and so forth.

We probably did more than 10 miles, all in one day, all possible because Najwa was at a going away party back in Washington, DC.

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Revisiting Richmond’s Slavery History Before Headed to Training Camp

When I unloaded from Megabus in Richmond on the way the Redskins training camp, I was greeted with this huge mural. Interesting. There was a sign, explaining the area where I was.

Slave Auction Site

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Day Trip to North Beach

Every summer we’ll take a day trip to the ocean [or in this case the bay]. For this year’s 4th of July, we went to North Beach, just north of Chesapeake Beach in Maryland. Last time Najwa was in the area she was just a little bump on Nduku’s figure.

Najwa at North Beach, MD

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Taking a Day Trip to Luray Caverns in the Shenandoah Mountains

Usually the ladies and I would head to the beach for the holidays, but the weather wasn’t cooperating. So we headed underground, making a day trip to Luray Caverns in the Shenandoah Mountains.

On the lawn there’s a construction of the word LOVE made of wood. Nothing quite as world renowned as the one in Philadelphia, but quite popular as everyone was taking pictures with it.

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The Mountains of Salt Lake City

A co-worker and I went to Utah to recruit at Career Week at Neumont University. We didn’t have as much time as we would’ve liked to explore Salt Lake City, but no matter what you do, you can’t ignore the mountains.

 

Celebrating Najwa’s 2nd Birthday in Charlotte, NC

The ladies and I journeyed down to my cousin’s pad in Charlotte to celebrate Najwa’s second birthday.

Celebrating Najwa's 2nd Birthday in Charlotte

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