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Wild Patagonia

Happy Hump Day!

I’ve been working on a guest-blog this week for a super rad new company coming to the market, Revel Gear, a company bringing solar-powered lights to the backcountry camping scene. Anyway, in writing the blog, I was reminded of this photo, and the story behind it…from November, 2014…

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One of my favorite adventure tales recounts the time that Aaron and I traveled to Patagonia (Argentine side). We were there in the Spring, and therefore spent the first few days in the town of El Chalten, playing many hands of cards, waiting for the rainy weather to pass to hopefully get out and catch some views of the amazing mountains we came to see. We fell victim to the area’s weather forecaster, Wind Guru, and were convinced that if we extended our time down there we might have a shot at taking in some of the scenery.

Approaching our final days in El Chalten, there was a break in the weather in the forecast, so we packed our stuff and hiked in toward Fitz Roy. We were about 2 miles from our camp, when the sideways rain began. The wind in Patagonia is no joke! We arrived at camp, set up our tent in the rain, and made a rock wall on the outside of the tent to help protect us from the wind. Then we settled in for the next 16 hours while the weather whipped around outside (if you want to get to know someone really well…). Thanks to our awesome Marmot tent, we stayed nice and dry and enjoyed some tasty dehydrated lasagna made by a gal in Bariloche.

Around 5 in the morning, I woke up and it was quiet. I unzipped the tent and something bright orange was glowing through the trees…it was Fitz Roy. I shook Aaron, hurriedly got dressed, grabbed my camera gear and headed out to a clearing. We witnessed a burning sunrise on some of the most impressive granite walls I have ever seen. It might have been the cold air biting at my face, but I was teary with a wide range of emotions.

Truly, this is still one of the most epic moments of my life.

Taking advantage of the good weather, we hustled back to camp, grabbed our day packs and headed up to Laguna de los Tres below Fitz Roy. The clouds were already moving swiftly around the peaks, but there was still sun, and it felt so good. After a short time at the lake, we headed down to camp and packed our things and headed out. The peak was in the clouds by the time we were back on the trail, and stayed that way until we headed out of town.

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Stay tuned for the entire blog when it comes out at the end of the month.

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2016 in Review

2016 was full of fun adventures! Here are some of the highlights…

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In February, my work took me to Tucson, Arizona. I went out and explored Saguaro National Park every day, and ate lots of great ethic food (Tucson is teeming with great restaurants).

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I wrapped up work in Tucson, then headed to Phoenix where I picked up a couple of my girlfriends at the airport. We headed north, spent the night at the trailhead, then descended into Havasu canyon. We spent 3 days exploring the glorious waters of Havasu and only encountered a handful of people down there…February is definitely a great time to visit this area.

More photos from this trip on my blog.

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We also celebrated Alaina’s birthday in the canyon…complete with a candle in the oatmeal!

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We visited family in Sanibel, Florida at the end of February, and I got to watch my nephew play in the ocean.

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In honor of International Women’s Day in March, the women of City Star Brewing (the brewery I work for), collaborated on a special beer…a tart cherry Gose.

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Later in March, I did maternity photos for this beautiful mama. Her son, Jackson, is already growing up to be an adventure stud!

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In April, my sister, my nephew and I went camping in Moab and Fruita. We pushed the limits of a baby in the car, learned that sweet ukulele tunes go a long way and stopping for a hike up to Hanging Lake is always a good idea.

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In May I got engaged! Aaron I went camping in the San Rafael Swell area of Utah, and he popped the question. We camped at a spot overlooking the Little Grand Canyon and watched the moon rise (do you see it?). Also pictured here is our sweet truck-camping rig…because I’m really proud of it.

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In June I captured this wonderful couple’s wedding…and almost passed out over excitement at the light that came over the wedding. Really though, look at that light!

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At the end of June, I road-tripped to Weiser, Idaho for a music festival. I drove back with one of my best friends and discovered Stanley, Idaho. There are few places I have seen with such incredible beauty. Stanley holds a special place in my heart (you would know based on the number of souvenirs I brought back from there).

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On the drive back from Idaho, Anna and I stopped at Craters of the Moon National Park…that place is crazy and weird…and I love it.

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…then we spent the night in Grand Teton National Park. We found some peace by a river before heading home.

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In July, Aaron and I spent a few days backpacking around Mount Zirkel Wilderness in Colorado. Lots of fishing and hiking was involved (of course!) and we got to eat our first homemade, freeze-dried backpacker meals! They were delicious…though the eggs still need some work.

More photos from this trip on my blog.

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At the beginning of August I photographed a wedding in Philadelphia…in a planetarium. Need I say more?

More photos from this wedding on my blog.

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In August, Aaron and I went backpacking in the Wind River Range in Wyoming. I hope these photos can somewhat depict the beauty of this area, because I can’t put it into words. We are already planning our return to this area in 2017, but probably to tie the knot this time.

More photos from this trip on my blog.

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Aaron and I spent 2 weeks traveling around Belize and Guatemala in September. We did plenty of jungle exploration and found a new interest…caving!

More photos from this trip on my blog.

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Fall in Colorado. Here’s a shot from just below Long’s Peak.

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In October, one my best friends and I celebrated our birthdays with a good old fashioned road trip to Utah. We ate lots of bacon and an entire cake…but we hiked a lot. Ideal, in my book.

More photos from this trip on my blog.

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In November I hiked to Ouzel Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park…and found a pot of gold!

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Later in November I witnessed the Supermoon rising beyond some corn fields in Berthoud, Colorado.

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After Thanksgiving, we visited some friends in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. This photo was taken in the morning, when it was burning cold and incredibly foggy…and dreamy.

Most of these photos were shot for personal projects, though I also had a number of amazing clients that I had the pleasure of working with over the year. With two trips already in the works for January, 2017 is gearing up to be an even more adventurous, exciting year!

Happy New Year, everyone!
Emily

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Birthdays, Utah Style!

Amber is a good friend of mine. She is always up for getting out of town and seeking out adventure. Our birthdays were just a few days apart in October so we decided to head west to Utah for the weekend. We hit Moab and headed south to the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park.

Utah is unique, weird and awesome. I absolutely love going there (this was my third trip this year!), and every trip I find myself smiling and shaking my head, “this is so crazy”.

Enjoy the snaps!

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Havasu

If the turquoise blue waters of Havasu Creek don’t knock your socks off, the size of Mooney Falls will (nearly 200 feet tall). The twinkling waters flow at a temperature of 70 degrees year-round, which is welcoming, even to a backpacker visiting in February. Be sure to check this place out for yourself and see how insane these falls are that flow into the Grand Canyon.

Arizona sure holds some amazing places.

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Ah, skiing.

Crisp mountain air, it’s the best.

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