Archive for July, 2008

Floyd Fest 2008

July 30, 2008

Even though we still have lots to do before we’re ready to leave, last week we managed to drive down to southwestern Virginia for a long weekend at the Floyd folk festival. We went with some friends that Jonathan knows through work, and we had a fantastic time — three days of kick-ass music and dancing in the lush Virginia hills, lots of adorable children running around, naps on lawns to the sounds of banjo picking, and Becky’s first time sleeping in a tent in this decade. (Good preparation for the camping we’re planning on doing in New Zealand!)

Sharon caught this picture of us lazing around towards the end of the festival, and it pretty well sums up the weekend. And the Blue Ridge mountains are just beautiful.

Jonathan and Becky at Floyd Fest, July 2008

Jonathan and Becky at Floyd Fest, July 2008

And thus we begin

July 18, 2008

Hello from Becky and Jonathan! In preparation for our upcoming trip to New Zealand, we’re starting a blog to share photos we take over the next five or six months.

A rough overview of our itinerary, for the uninitiated:

August 10th, we leave DC, and road-trip across the country on a northern route. We’ll get to Oregon about two weeks later, see some family, then…

August 29th, fly out of Portland. We’ll arrive in New Zealand three days later, with a night in San Francisco en route. (We lose August 31st all together.)

From September 1st to December 17th, we’ll live, work, and travel in New Zealand. We’ll be in Wellington primarily, but we plan to buy a car and trek around as much of the country as possible.

December 17th, we fly back to the US, arriving nine hours before we leave. (Then the earth implodes.) We’ll spend Christmas with Becky’s family, then head back across the country on a more meandering southerly route.

We return to DC sometime at the end of January ’09. (The apartment is sublet through January 20, so we’re shooting for getting back sometime in the week following.)

Right now we’re trying to work, pack, and tie up loose ends all while planning this exciting trip. (At least the visa/immigration stuff is finally done.) Jonathan’s dad is not only letting us use his basement as storage for the time we’re away; he’s also sent us lilies from his garden which are making the apartment smell heavenly. They’re beautiful, which is why they’re the inaugural picture in our photo blog.

lilies from Jonathan's dad

lilies from Jonathan's dad