Tag: ‘Travel’



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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Boston 2012

Friday, November 16th, 2012

My favorite time every year is when I have to travel to Boston. This year, thanks to Hurricane Sandy, it almost didn’t happen. This trip was chaotic and incredibly stressful. I didn’t get a chance to do a photo tour this time but I got to take a few shots from the plane and a couple of shots walking around the town. It was halloween night and the moon was as spooky as ever.

The sky and the sunset felt the need to make up for the lack of photo ops I had in Boston and showed off like never before. The colors in between the clouds were amazing, and like always, took my breath away. Happy Friday!







San Francisco, BFF’s & iPhones

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Summers are usually a busy work time for me, so being able to combine a work trip with some great friends and play time was more than I could ask for.

I’ve known these ladies since the early 90’s. We worked together for over 5 years in our younger days and had not spent some quality time without little ones fighting for our attention in a long time. It was a blast, I had the time of my life. I laughed so hard it felt like I worked out my abs to the Ab Ripper X! I feel blessed to be able to call these amazing women my friends. BFF’s make the world go round and make for great pictures too.

Seems like more and more my iPhone is my go to camera when I can’t have my Canon attached to my hip. Behold, the trip that tightened up my abs. 🙂

 

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