Sunday, December 2, 2018

From Turkeys to Santas

We spent Thanksgiving with our son and daughter-in-law in the Washington, DC area. Our daughter was able to fly in as well, so it was nice to have everyone together. As it is supposedly one of the busiest flying days of the year, I am always amazed when we walk into Lambert Airport the day before Thanksgiving and see this:

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport
So much for having TSA pre-check! No one really needed it, though I did hear the East Terminal, which houses Southwest Airlines, was quite busy.

We spent most of our time eating, visiting and playing card games. We did drive an hour northwest of the city to visit a 55+ community just out of idle curiosity. The kids came along with the enticement of visiting a couple of wineries in the area afterwards. The Shenandoah Valley is certainly beautiful.

Shenandoah Valley
While we did not get the 60 plus degree weather out there that they had in St. Louis while we were gone, Sunday was quite pretty so we headed into DC to see the Burning Man exhibit at the Renwick Gallery. It was quite fascinating, as was the other artwork in the museum.

Renwick Gallery
After visiting the gallery, we took advantage of the weather to walk around the mall area. Lots of people were out and about, and it is always a thrill to me for see some of our national landmarks and monuments.

Washington, DC
Fortunately we had scheduled our flight home on Monday, so the snowy conditions in the midwest on Sunday only impacted our flight slightly. We left DC only a half an hour late Monday night.

Santas on the Loose
Yesterday was Santas on the Loose, a 5k run in Webster Groves that benefits the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery Center. For the 3rd year in a row I was one of the event photographers. It is always fun to see the way that people dress up for the run, and of course the little kids who run the 100 yard dash are adorable as well.

Normally there are quite a few dogs, and I enjoy photographing them in their outfits. This year I only saw one dog running with its owner. As the temperature was in the mid 50s when the race began, you certainly couldn't blame it on the weather.

I've gone through my 1,100 plus photos and culled out the best to send to the race organizer.  Time to relax for the rest of this dreary Sunday.

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