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Capitol Reef National Park

How’s it going?

As usual, my summer is cruising. July is looking hectic (and fun!), so before I get too far ahead of myself I want to rewind to the beginning of May. I spent a weekend exploring Capitol Reef National Park in Utah with a couple of good friends. Capitol Reef is relatively isolated, and doesn’t get near as much attention as some of the other Utah Parks. We hiked in and slept under the open (billion star) sky the first night, and the second, we camped just outside the park so that we could enjoy a campfire and walk in for sunrise on some of the ‘temples’ in the Park. Lots of laughs, chips and whiskey were shared on this trip…

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Three sets of animal tracks in the mud. It’s not every day…

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We slept right there…

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Some of the best hikes I have experienced are in Utah. There are always fun challenges, like “chimneying” down walls in a slot canyon, walking through water, or hopping over giant boulders (or going under them).

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Just driving through the Park. The vehicle in the top photo here was partially buried by what appeared to be a flood at some point.

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Ah, Cathedral Valley. A MUST-SEE when visiting this Park.

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An unexpected attraction in the Park (there were several of these, including a massive sinkhole), was Glass Mountain. This 15 foot mountain is made of large selenite (gypsum) crystals… From Wikipedia, “Gypsum was deposited as sea water evaporated 165 million years ago and then buried under other sediments. The gypsum migrated upwards through fractures in the sediments forming layers and, very rarely, domes like the Glass Mountain. There is only one exposed selenite plug within the park and one other just outside which has been reduced to ground level by collectors.” Oh my gosh, it was so cool.

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Camp vibes.

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Sunrise on Temple of the Moon and Temple of the Sun. Worth it.

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Desert roads heading back to I70…

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New Mexico | Part One

We spent our first day around Kingston, New Mexico, hiking the local trails.

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Then we headed south to Las Cruces and spent some time with more friends there. It was a rainy, foggy couple of days. We hiked around the base of the Organ Mountains which were dreamy with the fog, and watched the creek fill with water.

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Finally the rainy weather burned off and we took the highway that cut through the Organ Mountains, headed for White Sands National Monument. I suppose you can guess what Part Two will contain…

Happy weekend!
Emily

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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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Bouncing around Belize

Photos from Belize.

All I can say is: this country exceeded my expectations. The culture was immense and beautiful. The people were wonderful and diverse. The food was super tasty, especially the stew beef, garnaches, panades, coconut rice, Johnny cakes, seafood, ice cream, and just about anything else you find on a menu…don’t forget the Marie Sharp’s hot sauce. Rainy season…shmainy season–the weather was beautiful with some cooling showers and powerful thunderstorms during the night. Oh, and there’s not much to do there…unless you like snorkeling, diving, spelunking, exploring ancient Mayan ruins, relaxing in a hammock, fishing, birding, eating, high-fiving kiddos, hiking, or kayaking (river and ocean).

Cheers (clink from my Belikin beer) and enjoy!

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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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