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.
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
Mossbrae Falls, Dunsmuir, CA
Portland put the waterfall photography bug in us, so we couldn't resist finding some amazing waterfalls that Keith's cousin photographed up in (true) northern California. And impressive they were - especially the mysterious, elusive Mossbrae Falls.
Sunset at Grand Canyon, AZ
DAY 1: San Jose, CA to Mojave Desert, CA
DAY 2: Mojave Desert, CA to Grand Canyon, AZ
DAY 3: Grand Canyon, AZ
DAY 4: Grand Canyon, AZ to Antelope Canyon, AZ to Lake Powell, UT
DAY 5: Lake Powell, UT to Zion National Park, UT
DAY 5: Lake Powell, UT to Bryce National Park, UT
DAY 6: Bryce National Park, UT to Zion National Park, UT
DAY 7: Zion National Park, UT to Bakersfield, CA
DAY 8: Bakersfield, CA to San Jose, CA
Day 1: San Jose, CA to Redding, CA
Day 2: Redding, CA to Bend, OR
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