Tuesday, December 31, 2013

While we were in the Sierras camping over Thanksgiving weekend, we had the chance to test out our new hammock aka "The Roo".  Created by Kammok, these hammocks can easily be carried in a pack and are ideal for camping in the woods.  The Roo isn't only made for one.  It can hold up to two people comfortably and is perfect if you want to fall asleep watching the stars with that special someone.  Kammok doesn't only make awesome gear; with every Roo sold, they donate a treated mosquito net or provide health education to a family in Africa to fight Malaria.  To find out more about the Roo and what Kammok is doing check out their site here.

DATE: November 2013
LOCATION: Eastern Sierras, California

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

I'm off to the Sierras for Thanksgiving weekend.  
Every time I go camping, I like to pack early 
and get all my gear together. It's one of
 my favorite things to do.

People often ask me what I bring when I camp.
I've captured a couple winter outfits,
some essential gear, and a
 map of the area.

Questions regarding camping? Email me.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks are hot spots during the summer, but are just as beautiful during the fall and winter months.  I spent two Thanksgiving weekends here over the last few years and this was the perfect little getaway.  These parks offer good hiking trails, stunning vista views, and a chance to get up close and personal with some of the world's largest trees.  Since most campgrounds are closed during this time of year, book a rustic cabin in Grant Grove and you'll get a warmer, more comfortable experience in the woods.

LOCATION: Sequoia + Kings Canyon National Park
DATE: November 2008 + November 2009

Friday, November 22, 2013

I grew up in the country.  Many days were spent in the fields and woods behind my house.  Often times, I'd go alone searching for arrowheads and pretending I was Huck Finn.  My little restless spirit needed to explore, to see the world, and to remember that whenever I felt stuck, I could find peace in the beauty of nature.  Even as an adult, I continue to have that restless spirit and instead of escaping to the woods behind my parents house, I have California to explore.

LOCATION: Malibu Creek State Park & Mt. Baldy, CA
DATE: November 2013

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

We all know how fun it is to travel the world and part of the fun is finding cool and unique souvenirs to bring back home.  Unfortunately, there are times when we lack the time or money to do the traveling, but find ourselves wishing we could decorate our homes with these unique finds. Lucky for us, we have Giselle Hernandez, owner of Someware Goods, to do the finding for us.  To shop Someware go here

Monday, November 11, 2013

 On my way up to Mt. Baldy, I found a grove of Sycamore trees and beneath them, piles of yellow leaves.  It's hard to find the colors of fall in southern California, so when you do, you feel like the luckiest person in the world.  I couldn't help but feel like I was blending in with my surroundings.  This is the perfect time to pull out those earth toned sweaters, tights, and boots. I know my closet is full of them and I am excited that its that time of year again.

DATE: October 2013

Friday, November 8, 2013

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DATE: October 2013

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

It's too bad we couldn't spend hours driving through the Painted Desert.  We were bound and determined to reach Phoenix by evening and all we could do was drive.  I urged Isaac to stop at the side of the road so I could snap a few photos of these pastel formations.  If someone dropped me off in the middle of the desert, I'd be too busy snapping away to realize no one else was around.  I'd be happy to get lost here for a day (or a couple hours, lets be real).

LOCATION: The Painted Desert, Arizona
DATE: September 2013

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

I've always wanted to go to Horseshoe Bend.  I've wanted to be that person that sits at the edge of the rock with their feet dangling over, high off of adrenaline,  with nothing to lose.  But when I finally visited, I  walked to the edge and was completely paralyzed by fear.  I couldn't do it.  I'll blame it on the fact that Maggie could have pulled me over, or the fact that there was loose sand beneath my feet.  I could have taken the plunge into the Colorado at any time!  So I stayed back and took this photo as quickly as I could.  I'm finally okay with being honest about my fear of heights.

LOCATION: Horseshoe Bend, AZ
DATE: September 2013

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

I'm a sucker for the night sky.  I could sit for  hours and watch it rotate above me.  I'm so intrigued by space — the stars, the planets, and the galaxies that exist even though I can't grasp their existence.  It is such a mystery that it sometimes scares me, but I'm hypnotized by the beauty of it all.  I don't think I'll ever stop wanting to learn about space, nor do I think I'll ever stop photographing it.

Can you point out any constellations?

LOCATION: Lake Powell, Utah
DATE: September 2013 

Monday, October 28, 2013

I took so many pictures at Lake Powell.  It's hard not to when the light changes everything around you. During high noon, the colors are very muted and cool and as the sun sets, its very warm and contrasty.  I guess this is true everywhere, but at the lake its extreme.  It was fun watching the colors change from orange to pink to red to purple.  This was on of my favorite summer nights.

LOCATION: Lake Powell, UT
DATE: September 2013

Thursday, October 24, 2013

After leaving Zion, we headed to Lake Powell.  We spent the day playing with Maggie; trying to teach her to not run after birds (which she failed) and how to swim (which she also failed). I was the only one who took advantage of the water.  There was no easing in to this lake —the water was like bath water.  

LOCATION: Lake Powell, Utah
DATE: September 2013