The Hike That Wasn’t

Compared to my usual, I have not had much time for exploring the great outdoors of my new home state. So when both Brian & I had a Sunday free we took advantage of the nice weather and headed out for a hike.

Having had good beginners luck with different hiking books in various states, I had picked up 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Albuquerque not long after we rolled into town. The hikes have never really been described well in the book & I have been grateful that the hikes I’ve done in it so far have been urban enough that I didn’t mind getting a little lost. However, Brian & I drove about 45 minutes out of the city for this hike and it wasn’t until we had had enough that we finally found the actual ‘trail’ we were supposed to be on. Overall, we still accomplished 3 miles of… – let’s call it a walkabout – and Kratos got to stretch his legs.DSC_8537
Needless to say, I’m taking a bike ride to Barnes & Noble’s at some point today to check out other local guide books. If you’re from the Land of Enchantment & have any guide books or trails you recommend, please share them!Smile

32nd Anniversary of The Incident of 1986

For this year’s festivities, my adventure was a bit unique – I wasn’t out skydiving or seeking my usual hit of adrenaline. I spent the weekend immersed in a new experience of documenting the love and life of a beautiful couple.

Thanks so much to all my family and friends who reminded me in a multitude of ways how lucky I am to have survived another trip around the sun. Xoxo.Photo Aug 24, 2 59 21 PMPhoto Aug 24, 3 39 35 PMPhoto Aug 24, 3 39 38 PMPhoto Aug 24, 3 46 48 PMPhoto Aug 24, 3 54 20 PMPhoto Aug 24, 4 54 09 PMPhoto Aug 24, 4 58 37 PMPhoto Aug 24, 4 59 42 PMPhoto Aug 26, 12 33 27 AM

Petroglyphs

Not far from our home lies one of the most unique parks I’ve had the chance of visiting – Petroglyphs National Monument. Being only a twenty-minute drive from where I rest my head every night, this place was high on my priority list of places to visit soon after arriving in the Duke City. Today we had the chance to head out and explore a bit of the park. I’m more than excited to get to experience more of this place as time goes on.Petroglyphs - 1Petroglyphs - 4Petroglyphs - 5Petroglyphs - 6Petroglyphs - 8Petroglyphs - 9Petroglyphs - 11Petroglyphs - 13

Moving (Wo)Man

I drug myself out of the woods late Sunday morning to head into town to pick up the 26 ft U-haul truck waiting for me in Evergreen. Thanks to the help of my in-laws and their amazing friend John, I was able to have the entire storage unit cleared out in around an hour and the excess stuff we’d had stored around the Bennett house pack up in another.IMG_2566
I set out early Monday morning. The scenery -as always- was beautiful and the drive was relaxing despite the heavy construction and the giant vehicle I was soloing. My first stop was Missoula for a quick ice cream stop with two of my favorite people. IMG_2569IMG_2591IMG_2625IMG_2575IMG_2577IMG_2580IMG_2581
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After Missoula, I spent the next 3 days taking my time traveling down to Albuquerque. With only a few hiccups along the way, I was able to take my time moving our household goods from Montana to New Mexico. One of the hiccups involved our new house not being ready for us to move into yet, so I hired a few movers for a couple of hours to help get everything out of the truck and into a storage unit. I’m about to hop an earlier flight back to Ohio for a few extra days with family before picking up Brian and driving back across the country to start the next chapter.DSC_9211DSC_9212DSC_9214DSC_9215DSC_9218DSC_9231IMG_2582IMG_2621IMG_2624IMG_2632IMG_2633IMG_2636IMG_2646

Annual Camping Trip

My mother-in-law has been telling me about the annual family camping trip since before Brian & I got married. Finding myself not working and back in the lower 48, I planned a trip out to Montana to spend the 4th of July with my husbands family. It was a blitz trip in the woods before packing up the u-Haul and relocating our household goods to our future home in New Mexico; that’s for another post…Montana - 1Montana - 2Montana - 4Montana - 6Montana - 18Montana - 17Montana - 16Montana - 15Montana - 3Montana - 14Montana - 13Montana - 12Montana - 11Montana - 10Montana - 9Montana - 8Montana - 19Montana - 20Montana - 21Montana - 22Montana - 7Montana - 23Montana - 24Montana - 25Montana - 26Montana - 27Montana - 28Montana - 29Montana - 30Montana - 42Montana - 54Montana - 53Montana - 41Montana - 40Montana - 52Montana - 51Montana - 39Montana - 38Montana - 50Montana - 49Montana - 37Montana - 36Montana - 48Montana - 47Montana - 35Montana - 34Montana - 46Montana - 45Montana - 33Montana - 32Montana - 44Montana - 43Montana - 31IMG_2556

National Zoo with Steve

The next day – after returning Emily safely back to her parents following our trip to NYC – I was up early and in the car driving once again towards another mega-metropolis.

My friend Steve and I managed to squeeze in another day of shooting together, only this time we were at the National Zoo in Washington, DC. It’s been a pleasure shooting with you Steve. I hope we get the chance to do it again someday my friend.National Zoo w Steve -3National Zoo w Steve -7National Zoo w Steve -14National Zoo w Steve -17National Zoo w Steve -18National Zoo w Steve -19National Zoo w Steve -20National Zoo w Steve -24National Zoo w Steve -27National Zoo w Steve -28National Zoo w Steve -30National Zoo w Steve -31National Zoo w Steve -39National Zoo w Steve -41National Zoo w Steve -42National Zoo w Steve -43National Zoo w Steve -44National Zoo w Steve -45National Zoo w Steve -47National Zoo w Steve -48National Zoo w Steve -49National Zoo w Steve -53National Zoo w Steve -55National Zoo w Steve -57National Zoo w Steve -59National Zoo w Steve -62