A Quick Step in New Mexico

I live in a beautiful place. This, I know.

Sometimes, it’s nice to get out there an see other beautiful places- so when I had the opportunity to join my aunt for an outing to New Mexico for a quick there and back, I couldn’t say no.

We spend time in Albuquerque and Sante Fe and wished we had more time to explore more of the wilds in the area. Nevertheless, we spent as much time enjoying the New Mexican lifestyle as possible.

We visited the Petroglyph National Monument before heading up to Sante Fe.  It was a beautiful early winter weekend with plenty of sunshine. These PNW girls were in desperate need of some Vitamin D, albeit a crisp day.

The food was great, art game was strong, and I had to resist every urge to buy turquoise and leather everything. Next time, it is out to venture in the mountains and hot springs.

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Olympic National Park- Staircase

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I’ve been trying to get out and play as much as possible lately.  This last weekend’s adventure with Mary Jo Photography brought us to Olympic National Park, Staircase Trail.

If you are wanting to see lush, green moss and some of the tallest trees in the west, GO. If you are from the Northwest and haven’t made it to the Olympic Peninsula, GO! If this is your backyard like it is mine, WE ARE SO LUCKY.

The Staircase Loop Trail is a little over 2 miles, which easily turns into 5 miles for us with all of our wanderings. It is fairly easy and there were many families out enjoying the cold, crisp day.

We took to the trail with cameras and tripods in hand.  One of the things I love about adventuring with Mary, is the no rush vibe we get when we see a spot that HAS to be photographed.  These outings are a perfect opportunity to hone our skills with no pressure and the ability to really set up a shot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taylor- Puyallup High School Class of 2016

 

I’ve been lucky to photograph some really fun Seniors this year! Taylor was no exception.  This gal knew how to take her photo session at Opera Alley in Tacoma to a new level. Lots of fun, some laughter, and natural beauty was shining through for the whole session. I wish Taylor nothing but the best on her year ahead!

 

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Mt. Rainier- Sunrise and Beyond

I’ve gotten in this new habit of taking an afternoon off from the 9-5 to go adventure off in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. With so many destinations within a few hours’ drive, it seems wasteful not to.  It transforms a day from a morning of meetings to an afternoon of outdoor bliss.  This time, I took to the mountain with my favorite adventure and photography friend Mary Jo.    We decided on a simple hike to the Fremont Fire Lookout.  What was supposed to be a casual 5 mile hike, proved to be more difficult for us than expected. Lots of breaks for “photos” and conversation made the trip much easier.  Once we reached our destination, we celebrated with a libation and a lot of photo taking.  Back down was much easier, with many stops to take in the gorgeous Mountain Sunset and wildlife.  It may have been dark when we got back to the car, but we both agreed it was worth the adventure.

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Lower Lewis Falls

It was time for a vacation around our house last week.  We have been working machines for the last few months and it was time to pack up and check out for a bit.  We took to Lower Lewis River Falls with our favorite camping companions for our annual camping trip to enjoy the fire glow, camp meals, beautiful scenery, and of course fun & laughter.  The weather was kind, the water was crisp, and the views were unforgettable.lowerfalls2 LowerFalls1 lowerfalls11 lowerfalls3 lowerfalls4 lowerfalls7 lowerfalls8 lowerfalls5 lowerfalls10 lowerfalls6 lowerfalls9

A new addition…

I’ve taken photos for this dear family several times in the past- it helps that we’ve known each other for a decade.  When Krista advised me a photo session would be in order to help announce a new addition, I jumped at the idea!  She’ll be a lucky mom to another beautiful baby boy and surrounded by her guys- Chris and Jake!  We used the Sugar Beet Factory as our backdrop and had a lot of fun.  Jake will be an amazing big brother, I just know it.  Congratulations to you all!

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Where the Water Falls

After several weeks of hard work with my day job, I needed to take a few days off to disconnect from the everyday and get some extra adventuring in.   I took to the Columbia River Gorge with my favorite companion and her2 year old (also my favorite) for a day of hiking.

We decided on Wahkeena Falls to get our PNW fix, knowing that half the vertical hike was paved.  This made it “easier” with a little one strapped to my dear friend’s back.  With several switchbacks and several goldfish crackers, we made it to Fairy Falls.  The water was pristine and the moss and ferns were the most beautiful shades of green.  All I could say the entire way up was, “This place is magic- and we live here”.   What could have been made into a large loop hike, we made our finale the falls and made our way back down the trail, since hiking with a little one can be tricky. A quick zip to the Eastwind Drive In for a bite and HUGE ice cream cones for all and we were feeling like the day was the perfect amount of adventure and friendship.

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