Our last two days of driving weren't too eventful. We were both pretty beat up from the rest of our drive so we decided to just head straight to our destination. I did enjoy my first In-N-Out Burger though, so I guess that means it wasn't too boring. We spent most of the last two days driving through nothingness lightening to 1984 as a book on tape. After leaving San Jose we stayed in southern Oregon and the next day we arrived in Vancouver! Mt. Shasta was really pretty at sunset! I didn't take too many pictures the last few days, but I think I might have to do an iPhone pic post of all our silly candid moments. Thanks for coming on this journey with us! We can't wait to see what life as in store for us back in the PNW!!
When you see cars pulled over, you join them. Originally I was going to run off by myself and take a few pictures but, before I got too far away from the car I could hear how big and awesome the waterfall was so I made Stephen get out and come with me. There wasn't a real path to get to the waterfall so we jumped all over, climbing rocks and finding our own way. It was in that moment I thought to myself, this is what I have been missing! I love to be outside, I love to hike and climb and explore, and I love to be out of breath doing those things. That moment is what made the move feel right. We also stopped at McWay Falls and the Bixby bridge before calling our campground to upgrade to a cabin. It had been non-stop rain all day, it was so bad that it was even raining in the car! Poor Remy and Albert were soaked! (The straps that held the bag on top of the car just let all the water seep right in.)
After checking into our camp site we drove about an hour more into San Jose to have dinner with one of Stephen's good friends Jose. He recommended a cute French restaurant in this really cool shopping area. It was too bad it was already so late, I would have loved to walk around more and hang out longer! I hope we can come back soon, hopefully to watch some hockey ;). We drove back pretty late and that was just another great thing about sleeping in a cabin, lights! Even though it was nice that night, it was even nicer to let everything dry out before our last day of driving.
I can't believe I am almost done sharing about this trip! Guess that means we need to go on another one soon! ;)
Call us crazy (if you hadn't before, moving across the country with a zoo and all) but, we drove up the California coast on HWY 1 in one day. It is definitely a multi day trip! There were soooo many amazing places to stop!! It was sort of a good thing that it was raining the whole time we were there 'cause otherwise I would have wanted to stop 1,000x's more. But, because we did end up stoping about a million times anyway to take pictures I'm breaking this up into two posts. So much pretty! Also, sea lions are soooo cute! I'm glad they were hanging out when we stumbled across their lookout point.
Stay tuned for part 2 of HWY 1 and the end of our trip!
What an eventful day this was!! The plan was to book it from Phoenix to LA to be able to explore and hang out for as long as possible. Just after crossing the Arizona California boarder we drove through a tiny town and planned on stopping for gas in the next one. Well turns out, there was no next one! We had about 11 miles left on the gas range so we pulled over to where we thought there would be gas, but I don't think that place had been operational since the 1950's!! We stopped and asked about the next closest station and the answer was either 25 miles ahead of us or about 32 behind us! I was certain we were about to be stranded in the middle of the desert with a dog, cat and a rabbit.
So, we continued on our journey praying that somehow we would make it to the next gas station. Stephen got behind a semi to help reduce the wind to hopefully prolong our tank. I had the gps loaded up for the gas station ahead and watched the miles tick by. We got to a point where Stephen felt comfortable running to the gas station and running back if we were to break down. "It would only take me 3 hours!" He said at one point. I was definitely freaking out! Eventually the gps starting saying 3 miles, 2 miles, 1 mile, 1/2 a mile. And then by nothing short of a miracle we were pulling into the gas station! We got gas, got everyone some water and then continued to sunny LA.
We got to Venice around 2pm and we met up with Ashley to get coffee, wander around and eat dinner. It was such a beautiful day and getting to walk around and hang out felt sooo nice. As we were walking to dinner we encountered Remy's most terrifying object, skateboards! We have no idea why he is so scared of them, but nonetheless if one skates past him he immediately tucks his tail and tries his hardest to run home. We were only a few blocks from the restaurant so Stephen ended up picking Remy up and carrying him the rest of the way. As you can see from the picture below, it solved all of Remy's problems. The looks we got walking in to the restaurant were hilarious! Everyone chucked seeing a 50lb dog being carried to his seat.
I'm finally getting back around to some posts that have been sitting in my drafts folder for far too long! During my creative shoot with Christy and May we got to do some normal sister pictures. It's so awesome that they enjoy and get to share these experiences together.
There is just something about New Mexico that I just connect with. It's where them southwest vibes really hit you full on, and I love it! The blue of the sky and the richness of the red dirt. There are so many cool places to explore in this beautiful state but unfortunately not many are off the highway I've been on. Oh well, guess that means a return trip will be in order!
This was my first time visiting southern Arizona and let me just say WOW! One minute we are just driving through the woods and the next we are at the top of a mountain with these amazing views and snow! And then we turn around a hill to see the next hills covered in huge cacti, I was screaming like a crazy person watching it all fly by us from the drivers seat. My plant lady heart might have exploded lol. We made it to Phoenix pretty early in the afternoon and it was really nice to shower, get dressed and have dinner with Taylor.
I was not about to drive through Texas and not stop in Waco to see the iconic silos from one of my favorite TV shows Fixer Upper. The Magnolia shop was as cute as could be expected! I was and wasn't surprised with how crowed it was, it's quite the attraction. I was browsing around getting my shopping on and this large line starts forming, what was this line for you might ask? Only to meet Chip Gaines! So awesome!! He was so nice and chatted with everyone in line. Apparently seeing either Chip or Joanna at the shop is a very rare occurrence considering all of the projects they have going on so it was an extra special treat.
Also, what is Texas without a few pictures of cows?!
I am so excited to share Kim and Jason's pictures! I had the wonderful honor of capturing part of their love story at their rehearsal dinner. The Station House in St. Petersburg, FL is absolutely amazing!! As soon as I saw the room with all the gold mirrors I knew we had to steal away some time and get up there. Kim & Jason have been together for quite a while, but the way they look at each other is still so fresh and full of love! I am so happy for them and wish them a lifetime full of love and happiness :)
I love taking pictures. Whether it is of people, animals or landscapes I am always running around trying to get the best shot. Just ask my husband, I am always annoying him with pictures ;).