Arkansas disc golf is a whole new world, y’all. All of the trees and greenery here make it way more fun to shoot (and play, I’m sure). I hadn’t planned on shooting anything when we headed out to random draw doubles, but I was easily persuaded by the DSDGA crew.
One of the perks of being REALLY bad at getting film developed in a timely fashion is getting to re-live fun adventures way after the fact. Case in point: disposable camera goodness from that time Elizabeth met me in Lubbock and we had the most random assortment of tourist adventures, including pretzels bigger than our faces.
Cadillac Ranch is always one of the first places I take friends when they visit Amarillo. It’s admittedly a little underwhelming, but it’s still an experience. So when MD, one of my favorite humans came to visit last summer, off we went.
I have the hardest time keeping up with tourist posts. They should be so easy, because that's definitely when I take the most photos. Alas, so many scans, so little posts.
I honestly don't remember when or where in Oklahoma these were taken, I just know they exist.
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.
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.
Last November during our trip up to Portland, we took a day to visit some water at Cape Lookout. Cold beaches beat warm beaches any day.
We got out there just in time to watch the tide come up and a storm roll in - needless to say it was the best. We got thoroughly (and happily) soaked and sand covered before heading to a tiny pub to warm up.
For most people, Emporia is just a cute little town to drive through. But, if disc golf is big in your life, it's a cute little town you HAVE TO drive through on the way to South Dakota so you can tell your husband you saw the magical place where his favorite discs come from. Either way, if you ever find yourself there, stop by Commercial Street Diner and get yourself some stellar breakfast.
We don't have to talk about how I'm about a year late posting this trip, right? Okay, great.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.