Last Saturday morning, Mark and I joined Jeff Revell's Georgetown photowalk. It was one of the more than 1100 photowalks that made up the 3rd Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk. About 31,000 photographers registered for Saturday's walks. And, of course, in Northern Virginia, we had the hottest day this year, with ridiculous humidity to add to the oppressiveness. Just because we have no common sense, we did another one in Warrenton, Va., Saturday evening. What makes people do this? Why, it's fun, of course. If you have no clue what we're talking about, we just explained the photowalk in a recent blog.
We started the morning in Georgetown, arriving early as usual, and snapping a few shots as we waited for the rest of the group to meet at the rally point. There were about 35 walkers in our group. We even had Kathy, our buddy from the Reinventing a Boomer blog, join us while she was visiting her son; he came along, too.
We took a group photo and began our walk along the old Chesapeake and Ohio canal. President John Quincy Adams ceremoniously began digging on 4 July 1828, and it was finally completed in 1850. In Georgetown, you can take a short ride on the canal boat, still.
We walked up M Street, with cameras snapping away in countless directions, making the tourists and locals wonder what was up. You can see the group's photostream here. There are almost 200 photos there now, and photographers can add more until this weekend.
After cooling off in a local establishment with some lovely stout, I went home for a cold shower, so I could be ready for the Warrenton evening walk. The town of Warrenton is the county seat of Fauquier County and a town full of history from its 1810 incorporation. We had a smaller group of about 20 folks, but had just as much fun. For this walk, Mark and I limited ourselves to only one lens, the 105mm. Besides constraining our views, it also meant we didn't carry any heavy bags. There was still plenty of heat and humidity to drain my reserves, but I managed to get a few more shots. The walk ended at the ice cream stand (it was packed with overheated folks). You can look at the Warrenton photostream here.
It was a long hot day, but I'd do it again next year. Mark and I have participated in all three of the Worldwide Photowalks, and my only complaint is that Scott Kelby needs to move the date to a month that isn't so hot. Or, maybe, I need to join a walk in Alaska next year. Anyone up for a roadtrip?