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Our favorite Colorado Hikes of 2021

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In my opinion, there are few things in life more awe-inspiring than standing on top of a mountain or on the shoreline of a high alpine lake. High altitude environments, where the climate is so unforgiving and oxygen so little that trees no longer are able to grow, have an enigmatic quality to them. If you time your hike just right, standing on a 13,000′ peak can feel like paradise. The sky...

Our summer working & RV-ing around Colorado

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It feels like a big statement to say that this was the best summer of my life…but I think it might have been. We make a living photographing destination weddings throughout the Colorado Rockies. In summers past, we would photograph 1-2 weddings every weekend for 18 weekends straight. During the week we would edit and manage the business. We never saw our friends, we very rarely went...

7 weeks getting to know our property on Colorado’s Western Slope

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It was mid-April when we made our way back to our property. We hadn’t been since late October when we closed escrow and spent two quick celebratory weeks before migrating south for the winter. We were eager to get back, to get to know the area and the property itself more, and to see if this place would be everything we hoped it would be. Spoiler alert: It was. What we were hoping for was a...

How to Not have fun RVing

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{Photo of the day: The first light to hit the buttes as seen from bed.} We managed to get a pretty sweet campsite here at Valley of the Gods.  We had an okay spot for the first two days we were here but when the guy left the site we’re at now, we jumped on it and moved the mile or so down the road to snag it.  We’re perched up on a hill, at the base of Rooster Butte, with panoramic...

How we plan our travel days

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{Photo of the day: Arriving at Valley of the Gods.} It’s been about 10 months now since we sold our house and began living and traveling full-time in our RV.  As many of you may already know, this isn’t our first time, it’s actually our 3rd.  All the previous experience has culminated in a wealth of knowledge that is making our travels more enjoyable than they’ve ever been. ...

All the weird & random things that happened in Ajo

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I actually kept a list. By the time the third weird/random thing happened I decided it was time to keep tabs. It started with the night we genuinely thought the world might be ending. I’d stepped outside for a moment when a wildly bright light in the sky quickly caught my eye. Bright enough it was casting shadows. Yet it seemed to be quite a ways away. We spotted a smoke trail behind it and...

This is winter in the desert

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In January we spent two glorious weeks at Kofa National Wildlife Refuge. It would have been great all on its own but the fact that Claire & Brandon came to share a week with us made it that much better. Our lifestyles so easily and seamlessly blend when we’re all together. And the ways in which we bring ingredients together to make decadent meals without ANY pre-planning…well, it...

Havasu

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Our winter travels through Arizona always include a stop in my hometown of Lake Havasu City. Thanks to COVID, this year was a little different. In an effort to keep everyone healthy we decided to not go inside anyone’s homes. Luckily the weather was gorgeous for nearly the entirety of our four week stay so we spent most of our time outdoors enjoying the sunshine and safely socializing with...

An acknowledgment, a recap and a tribute

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As I was about to begin telling you about the most delightful week that we just had camping with our friends in the desert, the contrast of my week compared to all the pain and heartache being felt around the world right now hit me upside the head, as it often does lately. Our current lifestyle, living and traveling in an RV, has been treating us so well that it almost feels as though we’ve...

Our new travel style: Living life two weeks at a time

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Yesterday we concluded our 14 day stay outside of Hurricane, Utah.  We moved 2 hours south to Lake Mead, Nevada where we plan to once again take advantage of the maximum allowed stay of 14 days.   This is our third time living on the road full-time since 2013.  Each time with a different truck/trailer combo and each time with a different style of travel.  And if there’s...

Michele

Hi, I'm Michele, a nomadic wedding photographer and lover of the great outdoors. I live on the road full-time and document my adventures daily. This is my personal blog where I share and record my thoughts on living simply and intentionally with less stress and more joy. Check out my wedding and portrait photography at http://www.oncwest.com

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