excursion: Mesa Verde National Park

The cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde are absolutely mind boggling. I vaguely remember visiting them on a school trip when I was in the 5th grade, so I jumped at the chance to visit again on the way home from Moab. 

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It was getting late in the day, and a few of the areas were closed off due to recent damage, so I didn't get to explore as much as I would have liked. All the more reason to head back that way ASAP. 

tourist: Roswell

We don't have to talk about how I'm about a year late posting this trip, right? Okay, great.

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I love knowing that Roswell is a short day trip away, but also a little sad that I don't go there more often. It's a pretty small place, but I would love to spend more time wandering around and taking in all the kitschy goodness. 

in my bag: Family Reunion

When it comes to certain things, I tend to be an overpacker. There's no use trying to deny it. I'm driving up to Nebraska/South Dakota for a week...here's all the film I think I need to fit into my bag:

  • 35mm Revolog 600nm
  • 35mm CineStill 800Tungsten
  • 35mm Ektar 100
  • 35mm Portra 160, 3 rolls
  • 35mm Ilford HP5 Plus, 2 rolls
  • 35mm Velvia 100, 2 rolls
  • 35mm Provia 100F
  • 35mm Provia 400X
  • Instax Wide, 2 packs
  • Instax Mini (as much as I end up buying)
  • 120 Portra 400, 5 rolls
  • 120 Provia 100F
  • 120 Velvia 100
  • 120 Ilford HP5 Plus
  • 120 Ektar 100

...y'all my 35mm of choice doesn't even function properly as of right now. But, I feel the need to get some good use out of it, even if it means buying out every battery store on the way. 

In other news, it's a good thing I have this week to get my bag in order. It's the tiniest bit of a mess right now. One day I'll buy a bigger one for travel - this one is the cutest, but not the most suited to my travel tendencies. 

excursion: Palo Duro Canyon

I know I've mentioned it about a thousand times before, but I can't get enough of living so close to Palo Duro Canyon. Recently, I took advantage of the cooler fall weather, and my only free Saturday this month to just wander around and enjoy the scenery. I'm already looking forward to my next excuse to head out there. 

local: TriState Fair

 

All of my feelings about the fair pale in comparison to how I feel about my new favorite dessert, fried oreos. I know it sounds like a dubious concept, but y'all, they are SO GOOD.

I was able to make it out to the fair not once, but twice this year - it was quite the social week! My first excursion was with the delightful and talented Caitie, and for the second I had the opportunity to host Shannon and Hillary-Anne on their way through town as they headed to Montana. 

tourist: Texas Travel

Let’s be honest, once we spotted a giant rest stop lit up like the Texas flag, how could we not stop??

We were greeted by decent Pokemon hunting, a “space” coffee machine and pixel reminiscent mosaic walls. All the makings of a perfect stopping place in my book. 

local: Sun Adventure Sports

Living in a small town means that typically, there isn’t more than one or two of anything. Sun Adventure Sports is one of two (and a half-ish) bike shops here in town. This year, they’ve gotten a new owner and done a bunch of sprucing up in the shop, so they needed some new images for their website - that’s where I come in! All the guys are super nice, and I had a good time wandering around taking some initial shots. I’m definitely looking forward to more serious shooting with the crew, and seeing their website come together over the next few months. 

tourist: PDC Trading Post

 

I don’t know how people exist without National/State Parks in close proximity. Or REALLY good burgers, for that matter. 

Somehow, I had never been to the Trading Post in Palo Duro Canyon. Needless to say, I grabbed myself some lunch dates and that little issue was promptly fixed. In addition to the best assortment of touristy souvenirs, they serve the best burgers and fries. As if I needed any more excuses to head out there on a regular basis…

excursion: Clarendon Camping

Milestone: Pitch an 8 person tent together with no instructions. 

Even though the tent was *slightly* large for two people, we finally got to go camping together for the first time and had a great weekend. The weather at the lake was beautiful, and Top of Texas Disc Golf hosted another awesome tournament. 

tourist: Las Vegas

For some reason, that I'm sure not mad about, Las Vegas has become an annual mother/daughter trip destination. This year, we went to celebrate mom's birthday in grand style. Billy Idol, Cirque du Soleil, and so much good food.  

Last year we learned that walking the entire length of The Strip is possible, but not advisable, and somehow still ended up doing so again this year. I've got my fingers crossed we stay at the Flamingo next year (I'm still obsessed with it), and plan to eat more than just one meal at my new favorite place, Serendipity 3

tourist: Hot Springs

We're only a few months into 2016, but I've already had the chance to travel to quite a few places. Recently, I spent a weekend in Arkansas for the first time - we hit Conway, Glenwood, AND Hot Springs. The weather was perfect, as was the company. Luckily, I've got plenty of reasons to head back there in the future. 

where you are: Casita Blu Cabins

While in Ingram, I got to experience my first Air BnB. We stayed at the most perfect little cabin directly across from the Guadalupe with a pomegranate tree in the front yard. If I ever get to retire and be a hermit, this is the kind of place I would go, but for now, I'll just settle for nice weekend getaways. 

excursion: Stonehenge II

Stonehenge II is probably the coolest, strangest thing in all of Ingram, Texas. As if a replica Stonehenge wasn't cool enough, there is also a replica Easter Island statue not too far away in the same field. 

tourist: Ingram

Ingram is the best kind of tiny town. Super close to water, weird landmarks and stellar locally owned establishments. We didn't get to explore much during the weekend we spent, but I liked what I saw despite the gloomy weather. 

quality time: Witchy Weekend

A few weekends ago, I packed up and joined some witchy babes on a trip to Ingram, Texas. We stayed in the cutest little cabin directly across the street from the Guadalupe river, and spent three days relaxing and enjoying the cool, rainy weather (thanks, hurricane Patricia).