What better way to celebrate our one year anniversary than to visit Middle Earth? As an avid Lord of the Rings fan, I immediately jumped on the opportunity to ride on horses to Isengard and drink ale at The Green Dragon. Though a short trip, it was certainly a wonderful adventure to remember.
When we found a flight deal for London, we immediately jumped on it and booked our flights for a week in the UK. But as we started planning, we realized that we weren't really city people - instead, we really wanted to go out and see the wild landscapes of the UK. So we quickly booked flights from London to Edinburgh, and took an epic adventure to the Isle of Skye. It was our first time taking a campervan, so it was certainly a learning curve, but it was so worth it! Check out our blog post with our self-portraits as well as our fun adventure shoot with Rachel and Tonie!
Here's our itinerary below, and the Google Maps directions if you want them!
Cholla Cactus Garden, Joshua Tree National Park, CA
"Isn't it going to be cold?" everyone asked.
"Not compared to the negative degrees we camped through last year in Arizona and Utah," we constantly replied.
As our new winter break tradition (in our efforts to combat high flight prices while still using vacation time to adventure somewhere new), we decided to take a road trip through the desert landscapes of California and Nevada. With our gear packed and our handy Pulse remote in hand, we caught the sunrises, sunsets, and cloudy days in between, while exploring my newfound love for couples photography and his newfound hobby for videography. Everyone always asks us, "Do you just have a third wheel photographer with you everywhere you go?" Nope - just our Pulse remote that allows us to not only take photos from our phone, but also set timelapses...long exposures...and more! So with our car piled high with equipment, we drove down for a week to take in that Southern California sunshine.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA
With the day off this weekend, we found cheap flights from San Jose to Boston on JetBlue and set off for the weekend! Keith had never been to the East Cost before, so it was a first for him. With a long list of places to go, we had a mix of foodie adventures, beautiful gardens, and historical sights to see.
On the Road to Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, CA
With our national park annual pass in hand expiring in October, we knew we had to make a trip back to Yosemite. We had a good idea of what we wanted to shoot this time, having already traversed many of the main Yosemite photography spots. So this time, we went out to find unique views of this treasured park! With our new Pulse - which allowed us to remotely control our camera from our tripod - in hand and our new Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens, we were super excited to share these photos!
Bluffs Trail, Montana De Oro State Park, Los Osos, CA
Friday rolls around, and we have yet to have a plan for the weekend. As a firm believer in not wasting precious weekends, I spontaneously suggested going to SLO. I had never been there, and knew there were quite a few photography spots, so off we left at 4 AM in the morning on Saturday to catch the sunrise!
Since it was such a last minute trip, we had to backtrack a few times and changed our plans here and there (including driving around to 3 different campgrounds!) We eventually found last minute camping sites at El Chorro Regional Park, which luckily was also only $25. No great views, but convenient last minute place to just sleep for the night.
The View from Our Airbnb in Cortez Hill
This Labor Day weekend, we decided to road trip with our friends to spend a weekend in San Diego! I had not been in the city since I was little, and Keith had never been at all. So we packed our bags and headed down I-5 at 4 AM in the morning.
Day 1: San Jose to San Diego
Panoramic Point, King's Canyon National Park
What would you get up at 4am for? The latest camping trip that Lynn and I took (the first of our married lives!) was to Sequoia and King's Canyon National Park. So why 4am? Well, we have realized there is about a three hour window of great lighting in both the pre-sun hours and right before it sets. Once the harsh sunlight hits the canyon walls, (good) photography is impossible. Saturday and Sunday saw us waking up long before our normal alarms so we could wake up and start chasing the sun.
Skydeck, Chicago, Illinois
As one of my first moment's of adulting, I got the opportunity to have my first work trip sponsored by San Jose State to attend the National Career Development Association Conference! Of course, I had to take advantage of such a great opportunity to travel, so off to Chicago we went!
As cliche and touristy as it sounds, we wanted to hit up the SkyDeck because I found an awesome photo of it on Instagram. So we took the elevator up 103 floors and watched the city fall beneath us as we gazed out the windows. What a view. Downside of visiting tourist stops - it took us quite a few tries (and a lot of patience) to wait out the crowds until we could get one of the windows to take our shot. And it was worth it!
Tegalalang Rice Terrace, Ubud, Bali
DAY 1: San Francisco, CA to Kuta, Bali
DAY 2: Kuta, Bali
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