Tag: ‘Nature’



Final 2016 Road Trip

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

I think we can all agree that 2016 was one mean year. 2016 was horrible to me with a nice little twist at the end. After battling colon cancer most of the year, I was ready to put an end to this chapter with one epic road trip.  And I did exactly that.

I’ve been wanting to see Monument Valley in Utah for a while now and this was the perfect opportunity to get away. I wanted to end the year by seeing beautiful places out of cell and internet range. I wanted to take it all in.  I packed up my car in what ended up being the coldest week of the year since winter began and hit the road without any concrete plans.  I drove all day from California to Utah and parked overnight at the visitor center like a good little nomad. First time I ever slept in my car on a road trip. I wanted to be there for the sunrise, even if it was 25 degrees that night. Thankfully I didn’t freeze to death and waking up to the amazing view was worth it.

After spending most of the day at Monument Valley I really wanted to catch the sunset at Horseshoe Bend in Page, AZ.  I was there earlier this year but it was so hot that I cut that experience short. Being only two hours away, it was the perfect time to revisit. I got there just in time to find a spot on the edge and watch the sun go down. What a wonderful experience. Majestic!  I sat there and watched until the sun was completely gone. Then I sat there and watched everyone else sharing in this experience.

Once the sun went down I decided to drive down to Sedona, AZ. I found a campsite just south of town and camped for the night. In the morning I headed into Sedona looking for the Chapel of the Holy Cross. I found this place on Instagram and have been wanting to see it every since. Breathtaking doesn’t begin to describe it. I decided to finish my time in Sedona with a hike at Red Rock State Park and eventually began making my way home.  This trip exceeded my expectations. It was the culmination of so many things I’ve learned about myself this year. I am strong, I am a fighter and I am not done packing up my car and driving towards pretty places.  My hope is that 2017 will be kinder and full of new adventures. Happy New Year!

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California 395 Roadtrip

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

The last 3 months were killing me. For those of you who don’t know, I’ve been going through chemo since July and have been confined to my room and my four walls. If my road trip pictures are any indication of what I like to do, you have to understand how difficult having to be home was for me. And not just the being home, but the state I was in. I felt like I was dying. No longer living. Trying to survive.

I poured over pictures of past trips and lived vicariously through all the travels of people that I’ve come to know over the last few years hoping and praying that road trips would be part of my life again. The second my doctor said I was done with chemo the dreams of being able to get on the road again became more attainable. And the first chance I got to get away, I did.

The BFF called and said she had a permit to go hike the Subway in Zion, Utah so we decided to pack up the car and head out of town. Unfortunately, Utah fell through so we quickly scrambled for plan B and headed north on the 15 to the 395. What amazing treasures can be found off the 395. There is so much beauty to be seen if you get in your car, grab a map, and just drive. We stopped at Fossil Falls, Alabama Hills, dined in Lone Pine, camped at Tuttle Creek campground and then headed towards Big Pine Lakes for a mountain hike. This is the most exercise I’ve had in 6 months so to say that climbing that mountain was challenging is an understatement. We hiked for 4 hours and finally made it to the First Lake. What an amazing treat on the eyes after pushing through miles and miles. I am hooked. I want to do it again. I want to see more beautiful places. I want to live!

Here are a few pictures from every stop along the way. Enjoy!

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Kiara & Kiel

Saturday, December 5th, 2015

I had the opportunity to meet Kiara earlier this year when we worked together for her website. I simply fell in love with her and jumped at the opportunity to work with her again.

Kiara and Kiel met two and a half years ago.  He was wearing a beanie, she wore this white, lacey dress. Clearly, he fell in love with her, too. A week ago he asked her to marry him and she said YES!

Celebrating their love outdoors was nothing short of magical. Congratulations on your engagement! ❤️

Solstice Canyon, Malibu
Solstice Canyon, Malibu
Solstice Canyon, Malibu
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Sunrise

Friday, March 29th, 2013

One of the things I love about Spring is the way the light begins to shift in the morning. The sun begins to rise from behind the mountains casting the most glorious rays of light across this little road I travel to take my daughter to school. There is a lonely tree in the middle of a field and, when Spring arrives, it takes my breath away every morning. This is one of my favorite pictures I took last week, it captures exactly what I described.

Wishing you a great weekend and a Happy Easter!

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Spring is here

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

I have never been so happy for Spring to arrive. I always talk about how spoiled we are in southern California but this year we actually had a winter, we even got snow!  The winter months seemed to drag on for ever and let me tell you about the mood… not pretty.  The last two years have been filled with challenges and health issues and this year started off the same. Surgeries, downtime and way too much time to spend online doing absolutely nothing.

The weather has finally started to warm up, flip flops have made their way back into our lives and all is right with the world again.  I was out driving around the other day and noticed the trees and fields blooming, such a beautiful sight.  I love the longer days and the energy that comes along with it.  Evening walks with the kids surrounded by new life is just what I need to get this year back on track.  Remember to take the time to stop and look at all the beauty taking place around you.

 

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