Life has been pretty busy lately, which makes for a dusty camera, and that’s just not ok. Going forward I’m going to have a at least one day a week where I get back to my adventure roots. A hippy day where I jump in the car and see where the road takes me. Until then, here are some pics I have taken to hold us all over.
I finally got to tick off some bucket list items last month. We traveled to Sedona, AZ and then up to Page, AZ.
It was of course very warm there…thank god for Hydro Flasks!
Upper Antelope is a one ended opening that you walk in and out of. Upper is known for its light beams. More than likely if you’ve seen an Antelope Canyon pic, it’s of that!
This was not a pull off the side of the road and go look over the edge kind of visit. There’s a nice walk to get to the actual Canyon, but worth every minute!
I celebrate the passing of 2016 with a post dedicated to my current tribe. We’ve had quite a year, jam packed with laughter and travel. I can’t wait to see what 2017 holds for us
First up. New Years Eve. Denver Botanical Gardens.
Brennan & Autumn 😍
Snap chat…I look way too much like Tracy!
Kristen walking on the beach in Washington
This was our first Thanksgiving all living together. This is me trying to take a nice photo, not realizing the button to my pj pants was not buttoned thus giving them a show. They are laughing at me. Like normal.
A very serious pumpkin carver here
Our beauty queen, Elise.
Photographing a wedding
Marc and I seeing The Zombies
Brennan’s bday…and apparently dress like Kristen day
Palace of fine Arts San Francisco
They were brave and drove Lombard St
Dark day… dropped my coffee. Was not happy about it. Was a crabby pants that day
We spent over an hour amongst these cypress trees with a tripod. So much fun
Floating like a boss in Lake Tahoe
They were troopers…probs did this 30 times
Oh these floating heads…
It seems like we like to touch each other’s butts. Maybe a little…
We are in Yosemite National Park
Brennan sitting amongst the giants
This also took forever. If they’d just listen and focus haha
Brainard Lake. Spent the day swimming in the lake behind us
When your friends aren’t posing as you’d like…you just make them laugh
This is silly…but I was holding all our id’s to get 4 Margaritas…and it looked like the Brady bunch
Our attempts at light painting in the living room. This word because we couldn’t get the names down
Obviously Elise understands the concept of drawing a heart and I don’t
Brennan giving some science lesson on pinecones…😴🙄
Mimosa’s with Marc
My tribe and I decided a quick easy-going getaway to California was exactly what we needed. If you know anything about us, the words easy-going really aren’t in our vocabulary. As you’ll see below…we did a few things on this trip!
Getting 5 peeps to the airport for a 7am is no easy task. We did it, even with a Starbucks run!
First up: drove across Cali to Sequoia National Park. Fun fact: Sequoia’s are wider around and Redwoods are taller. You are welcome.
So we took the General Sherman Trail down to see its namesake. None of the pictures you’ll see will even give you the full scope of how magnificent these trees are.
Next: Yosemite National Park. I would really like to come back here when 1) it’s off season 2) I have more time. Trying to navigate around the park was difficult when you had 5 opinions as to where you should go and millions of other visitors in your way. Despite all of the that we had an incredible day/night there!
We came back and did some night photography
This next picture was purely by accident. I was a second or two into a long exposure. Park rangers pulled someone over to the left of the picture and I was peeved because I thought that pic was now ruined. It actually turned out pretty cool, it looks like an infrared filter or something but it’s just the red & blue lights flashing together
We decided this day would be an all water day, so we got an earlier start and somehow managed to find a little private cove that became ours for the day.
The Cypress Tree tunnel is something I had found on instagram and have always wanted to go there. It’s not even a point of interest per say it’s off the beaten path!
We set up the tripod and spent a lot of time playing.
From there we drove on to Point Reyes
In the beginning of April, 5 friends piled into two cars and headed west. We stayed in a very interesting airb&b, which was on a farm. There were turkeys and peacocks that we got to listen to at all hours of the day and night. In fact, we developed a high pitched call of our own to communicate with them. We had a random dance party (Celtic dancers would be so jealous!), and so much laughter.
We also visited two of the most amazing National Parks I’ve ever seen. Three days of hiking, exploring, being stuck in mud, subsequently falling in mud, and lots of picture taking later, we had a fantastic trip. Here are some pictures from our adventure!
Our home for three days:
“Let’s do a sad face pic”. Not sure why I go all gangsta in the back?
As you can imagine, adventures have been had since the Oregon trip. Here’s a re-cap of what I’ve seen so far. Enjoy!
Hanging Lake. The most challenging hike I’ve ever done…because of the snow & ice. There were many moments I felt as though I might tumble off a cliff or break myself (I did fracture a tailbone…but that was nothing compared to what could’ve been!), but I’m damn proud of achieving another bucket list item.
This looks like a waterfall…but no, this was a small Avalanche I somehow managed to snap. It sounded like a train, I can’t imagine if I had been close. Glen wood Springs, Co
I bet that was a hell of a sunset down there!
FINALLY! Capturing a Moose was on my list and I found a lady Moose who was willing to pause for just a second
My tribe and I decided on a Wednesday to fly to Oregon the following Thursday. Very last minute, but exciting nonetheless. Within a couple of hours the technological wizards that we are had booked two different places to stay, a car rental, plane tickets and had developed a quasi itinerary.
Our rental car was an olive green Jeep. Could that BE anymore Pacific Northwest?!
First impressions…Oregon was so green! Colorado has green for a little bit, but certainly not in January! It was 20 degrees warmer than Colorado, so that was nice.
We stayed on the coast for two nights, and spent those two days driving Highway 101 (Pacific Coast Highway), and drinking copious amounts of coffee. We cooked dinner together, we snuggled on the couch watching Golden girls, ran from waves, we risked our lives several times by hanging a tad too close on the rocks during rough seas (sorry Mom!), we sang in the car (mostly me), we had wardrobe changes many times in the car due to being completely soaked, we daringly walked through a dark abandoned train tunnel, learned how cheese was made at the Tillamook Cheese factory, and never found Exit 19 (that one is an inside joke).
On top of all of that, I got to take pictures of some amazingly beautiful places. Enjoy 🙂
Attempting to use a selfie stick. This is the only picture taken with it: