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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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,