Road Trip!

A photo-essay of our recent summer road trip!

Tim and I had a week off and decided to hop about -- we started in Lancaster, PA - my hometown - to visit my father and show Tim the place where I grew up. Corn would become our friend, as nearly every road we drove was lined with it!

 My dad lives near TONS of corn -- delicious!

My dad lives near TONS of corn -- delicious!

 Awesome late night fire in the backyard fire pit!

Awesome late night fire in the backyard fire pit!

We then hopped in the car for our longest day of driving -- eight hours out through PA, Ohio, and on to Michigan to see his mother and step-dad. They had these beautiful morning glories blooming outside of the house!

Tim's mom took us around downtown Ann Arbor and onto the Michigan campus. I loved the academic feel the town had - so many cute bookshops and coffee spots!

 Tim and his mom spin the street art!

Tim and his mom spin the street art!

 Beautiful wall art throughout downtown Ann Arbor.

Beautiful wall art throughout downtown Ann Arbor.

No vacation is complete without a good book! Luckily for us, the awesome independent Literati Bookstore came to the rescue! I picked up Longbourn by Jo Baker, a wonderful companion to Pride & Prejudice, but from the servants' point of view. Think Downton Abbey meets Jane Austen with a touch of thriller thrown in. 

 Literati Bookstore -- Ann Arbor, MI

Literati Bookstore -- Ann Arbor, MI

There's a BEAUTIFUL old theatre downtown called The Michigan. Built in 1928, the theater operated as a vaudeville and movie house. It's had ups and downs throughout the years but today it's standing strong and providing a diverse film program to Ann Arbor. We caught a screening of Philip Seymour Hoffman's A MOST WANTED MAN. I would definitely recommend it!

We snuck a peek at the Michigan Law Library -- um, can we say Hogwarts?! So beautiful!

Tons of murals and wall art all over the city.

 Every empty space is a canvas.

Every empty space is a canvas.

We learned some useful tips from the neighborhood kids:

We stopped by the park and Tim tried to teach me how to throw a boomerang... I was less than successful.. Only partially because I was distracted by the cute wildlife!

It was great spending the day exploring. Definitely a city we will return to!

I was struck by this piece of art on our way out. An expression of outrage. A call to arms.

 Ann Arbor, MI

Ann Arbor, MI

We watched Chelsea take home their first win of the season and then we bid adieu to family and the delicious home-cooking! We headed north to Canada and The Stratford Festival

 Surprisingly the Festival is not in Shakespeare, but this sign was just irresistible.

Surprisingly the Festival is not in Shakespeare, but this sign was just irresistible.

Tim and I are both Shakespearean actors so it was only natural that we would include this beautiful venue in our trip. We caught an evening performance of KING JOHN, directed by the charming Tim Carroll, whom I had the pleasure of working with when I was at NYU. What a crazy play! It was fitting that Carroll didn't place any 'concept' onto the production, as the piece is complicated enough on its own. Bellies full and minds racing, we talked about the play all the way back to our AirBnB where we slept the sleep of the content.

 Beautiful swans outside the Festival

Beautiful swans outside the Festival

The next day we were off to Niagra Falls! I had never been and was pleasantly surprised .. Truly a natural beauty. 

This is what 34 million gallons of water a minute looks like:

We did the Journey Behind the Falls, which allows you to get closer and go around and under the water. You can't see much other than a lot of white mist but it's still pretty incredible.

 Tim gazing out at the water.

Tim gazing out at the water.

 Carvings on the wall down by the Falls.

Carvings on the wall down by the Falls.

After successfully passing through the border back into the US, we drove to Lake Honeoye (one of the Fingerlakes) to spend the night in this adorable little log cabin that Tim found on AirBnB!

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When we woke up, we took the paddleboat out and read by the lake until it started to rain.

Then we hopped in the car and drove back to Lancaster for one last visit with my dad. The next day I was due on set in Philly to shoot the indie feature CAFE ARTIST. It was great to have something to dive right into after our trip!

 Our "Cafe" for the film.

Our "Cafe" for the film.

 A screenshot of one of my scenes. Channeling my inner corporate exec!

A screenshot of one of my scenes. Channeling my inner corporate exec!

But vacation didn't really end until after the beautiful wedding of Tim's friends Keri & Raf. We had a great time tearing up the dance floor and celebrating love!

 Wishes on the wall.

Wishes on the wall.

 In front of the Wishing Tree :)

In front of the Wishing Tree :)

Now it's back to work! With two portrait sessions and a headshot session done this week, it's right back into the swing of things! Another shoot in the morning! So happy to be working with such amazing clients. 

'Til next time,

Lauren