Travelers can check and recheck attraction hours, research every possible route, call several times to make sure pets are allowed, and prepare for every possible touring scenario. But all travelers know that despite massive preparations, something is bound to go wrong. It has been my experience that when travel plans sour, we end up enjoying the sweetest traveling moments.
Jason and I have been taking the pets on a February road trip to the Columbia River delta for years. This year, the pet friendly motel we always stay in changed owners and was no longer as pet friendly, the craft beer festival we always attend sold out before we got our tickets, and the forecast during our trip was for days and days of huge winds and inches of rain. I wasn't going to let a lack of somewhere to stay, something to do and a risk of an entire trip of soaking wet dogs stop me from getting some much needed time away. So despite soured plans, we ended up in a fantastic hotel, with an amazing view of the stormy weather, and Jason and I enjoyed beer tasting at some craft breweries we had never been to before. It doesn't get any sweeter than that!
"Your artistic interpretation this week should be inspired by something sweet. A great chance to play with macro photography."
I haven't played with macro photography since I was a teenager. Once again, a photo challenge comes through to remind me of an extremely fun way to take photographs that I had forgotten all about! Being inspired by something sweet was easy too. On our trip, Jason and I tried a braggot for the first time. It was not only deliciously sweet but because it is made with local honey, it was served in a bee adorned glass. Plus, February is stout month and while not all stouts are sweet, the bubbles of dark stouts make for some fabulous macro photographs.
Photography plans are like travel plans and don't always turn out despite our best intentions and ideas. This was so true for our annual Columbia River delta road trip and the photos I had planned to take. Yet everything turned out! In the end, attitude is everything. I can take any sour situation and make it sweet. And this attitude makes me a great traveler and a pretty good photographer too.