Have you ever dreamed of living south of the border? We have. And we are going to do it! Although we've vacationed in Mexico many times, we only recently visited the Merida area, where we want to live. This blog is about that trip, about our plans and preparations to move, and eventually, about LIVING THERE. We can't wait!
So we are going on a two week road trip through the western USA, starting next week. We are visiting Santa Fe, the southern rim of the Grand Canyon, driving over the Golden Gate Bridge, stopping in Mendocino, staying in a Victorian Inn in Ferndale, CA., visiting friends in Willow Creek, CA, then driving up into Idaho to visit Ketchum where Hemingway spent the last two years of his life, where he killed himself and is buried. From there, well drive through Salt Lake City, and stop to see the lake, then drive over the Royal Gorge Bridge and then down to Taos for a couple days on the way home. That's almost 80 hours of driving with a few days here and there to catch up with ourselves and rest in very cool places.
I had never heard of the Taos hum until an Australia friend asked about it (Thanks Stace Irving), but I guess we'll have to check that out.
I didn't know all my lenses for my new EOS 80D when I went to Mexico, so I played around with them a little tonight to get ready for this road trip. First, I bought some dinosaurs to take some fun pictures with. Can you imagine them at the Grand Canyon? And they are poseable!!!
So I am experimenting with all my lenses and my dinosaurs to know how to use my camera better on this trip. Here are my results:
Regular lens all the way in
Regular lens zoomed all the way out
Regular lens with telephoto in
Regular lens with telephoto zoomed out
Zoom lens all the way zoomed out
Zoom lens all the way in
Regular lens with wide angle zoomed out
Regular lens with wide angle zoomed in
So what do you think? I think we are going to have FUN and come back with awesome photos and videos!!
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