With a small budget and an itch to travel and take photos, My friend Jo and I headed east during Christmas. As a photographer, I love exploring small towns and finding people, spaces, and moments that I can capture on film. Since our trip was specifically meant for photo-taking, I felt like I could linger longer or stop at places I usually would pass by. Several of these photos were taken when we decided to halt mid car drive and get out along the side of the highway to photograph a cow, or a person, or a dilapidated house. I definitely want to take the time to do trips like this throughout the year, where I can focus on honing my skills as an observer and photographer.