Let me tell you something, I am a joy to travel with. Not only do I have to carry around this 50+ pound backpack with cameras and lenses, as well as a satchel with a computer and a tripod slung alongside, but when I do get to leave most of this stuff at the hotel then I like to stop a lot to take photographs.
In 2007, when I first got this backpack (which has a nifty clasp on the back to hold a tripod) and was taking bags out of the trunk at the airport at 6:30 in the morning, I swung around and nailed my girlfriend Sara in the face with the tripod. We were headed to a large family gathering in Mexico. At least it was only a minor black eye.
(Between you and me, she totally ran into my tripod with her face.) It was 6:30 in the morning, can you blame her? Needless to say I now carry the tripod at my side for safety reasons.
So we're off to the airport in a few hours for a 2 week trip to Italy, with stops in Pisa, Florence, Siena, Greve (for a 4 day wedding extravaganza), Montalcino, Ferrara and Venice.
I hope to create posts daily with photos from the trip, but the frequency of the postings will be determined by when I can find internet connection.
Anyway, here's to no black eyes on the trip. Sara's the maid of honor so that would be kinda bad.