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Peru was vibrant and ranged in climate from snow to scorching heat in the Amazon. It was delightful in every aspect – from our hike at Machu Picchu to our the Textiles in Chinchurro I will never forget this trip or the culture.

To see images from Rainbow Mountain or the Amazon head on over to the other look books.

Our Trek: 

Day 1:  Fly into Lima. Grab a Taxi. Pray to God we made it to our hotel in Miraflores in one piece. (Driver was  insane! But really they all are.)

Day 2: In Miraflores – explore the ocean and coastline of Lima. Go to Lacomar and eat above the water at a nice restaurant. Walk to the Lighthouse. Explore the city. Take an evening walk by the waterfront.

Day 3: Started at 5am as we went back to the Lima Airport and flew to Cusco. Meet our private guide and head to Ollantaytambo. While driving, stop at Chinchurro to see how textiles were made by the locals. Another few hours on the road to Ollantaytambo and check in to our hotel- grab lunch then head over to Pumamarka Ruins. (GORGEOUS and not filled with any tourists) Explore the city and grab dinner.

Day 4: Start at 7am. Visit the Incan Fortress in the town that we had been looking at on the hillside by our hotel. Go to the Salt Mines via a back road and see views of all the Sacred Valley. Head to Moray and learn about the Incan Farming tactics. Back to Ollantaytambo for the night.

Day 5: Start at 5am and head to the train station. Take a train and a bus to Machu Picchu.  Hike around the city of Machu Picchu then enter the trail for Huana Picchu and the Moon Temple. A long steep climb of a million stairs up to the top at 10,000 ft. Stairs back down to the valley for the Moon Temple in a cave and then the same long climb up to Machu Picchu city. Bus back to the town- grab food and catch the train back to Ollantaytambo.

Day 6: Easy morning. Head to Cusco at 11am with a stop at the Pisac ruins (again EMPTY and gorgeous) and the Pisac market. Once in Cusco head to Hotel- Illa Cusco. Walk around and explore the city (very touristy) but we had the BEST food of our entire trip and finally a Pisco Sour.

Day 7: Starts at 2 am. Check out of Hotel and get picked up by our guide for the Rainbow Mountain Hike. Long bumpy ride to Rainbow Mountain, start our hike in the snow as the sun starts to rise. First group (6 of us hikers) to the top with a stunning view and elevation of 17,000 feet. Decend the mountain, meet a llama again, and generally feel like a total badass. Back to Cusco City main square for a few hours, grabbed some food and took a Taxi to our overnight bus.

Day 8: Overnight bus to the Amazon (Puerto Maldonado). Wake up in a hot, stuffy space, feeling less than rested or well. Wait at the bus station for driver from our lodge. Head to the port. Take a boat to our lodge on the Amazon. Check in. Start sweating- only to find out you will never stop while in the jungle. Afternoon boat to the Island of the Monkeys and return by dusk for some dinner. Do a night boat ride to see the Camen.

Day 9: Leave at 4:30am by boat to see the parrots who come in droves to lick minerals from this rock wall. Return for breakfast. Leave again by boat to hike Lake Sandoval. Then get in a rutted canoe in a swamp in order to get out to the lake. See SOOOO much stunning wildlife. Return to lodge and eat dinner. Do a night walk to see the insane creatures out there like Tarantula and feel a little more respect for the jungle.

Day 10: Breakfast and time to pack up. Boat ride back to the port. Bus ride to the airport. Get on a plane to Lima.

Day 11: ORIGINAL PLAN: Get to Lima and have a 12 hour layover. Go past security and pay to get into a lounge so we can shower, get some sleep, and free Wi-Fi. NEW PLAN: Get to Lima. Realize they will not let us past security until the day of our flight at 2am…meaning we have 10 hours the sleep on a concrete floor in a hallway with many other smelly passengers like us. Luxury was not happening.

Day 12: Get into Toronto Canada. 6 hour layover. Feel blessed to brush teeth, wash face and use toilet paper. Change in the bathroom with a pit wipe and watch my sweat drenched hair finally dry after 3 days in the Amazon.

Day 13: Arrive home (Portland). Shower. Crash.


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We ended our trip to Peru with some time in the Amazon. To say it was hot is an understatement. The humidity was around 90% so we stayed a moderate degree of damp while there.

Despite this and the bugs and how everything can kill you- haha! The nature was stunning. The colors were vibrant and the animals were wild and alive.

Our hike to Lake Sandoval was my favorite part of the Amazon as it was filled with wildlife and exotic species.

To get to our Lodge on the Amazon we took an overnight bus from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado. A van to the Port and a canoe to the Lodge. Once there our main travel was by canoe or by foot.




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I was able to fly out to Montana and check off one of the parks on my bucket list: Glacier National Park. It was as gorgeous as I imagined and I was able to hike it with my best friend.

We took the scenic route and stopped at all the Montana attractions along the way. The weather was perfect, the scenery was breathtaking. I can say I would happily go back and keep exploring the beauty of this park.

Our Trail:

Day 1:
  • Arrive on Sunday evening to Missoula MT
  • Check into Hotel-
  • Head out to eat at the Tamarack which has a killer Hummus Plate and grab a drink.
  • Get some rest for our road trip in the morning
Day 2:
  • Early morning- go get breakfast
  • Head to Lincoln and go to the Lincoln Sculpture Park.
  • Go to Phillipsburg for Sapphire Mining, the Candy Store, and some late lunch.
  • Next stop- Hamilton and climb a waterfall on the way.
  • Stay the night with my friends parents- enjoy the good food, company and views from the hot tub. Stay up too late for our early morning- who could expect anything else?
Day 3:
  • Go to Glacier National Park and spend the day taking in the glorious nature.
  • Hike Avalanche Trail at the Park
  • Drive the 53 mile “Go To the Sun Road” in the park and stop continuously for the breathtaking views and wildlife.
  • Head back to West Glacier to purchase dinner, charge our phones and buy a T-Shirt.
  • Drive to our Cabin in the middle of no where – 47 minutes into the park. Booked it on Air BnB.
Day 4:
  • Get up and head into Glacier for a hike along Lake McDonald
  • Say Goodbye to Glacier and take photo by the sign
  • Go to the National Bison Range and see Bison- plus views of the Mission Mountains.
  • Drive to The Garden of 1,000 Buddhas
Day 5:
  • Sleep in since checkout is at 12.
  • Tour the University Fine Art building and amazing pottery room – ranked in the top 15 in the nation
  • Head into Missoula for  a look at the city and shops
  • Head to the airport and I say goodbye to my dearest friend to fly home.


Lincoln Sculpture Park

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This summer was packed full of travel. This is why my posts have been few and far between. I also decided to change focus and work on making my own work. I needed a break from teaching and the “How To” kind of work.

We kicked off our adventure with a road trip to Crater Lake National Park in Oregon.

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Our Path:

Day 1
  •  Drive to Winston Oregon (a slight detour) and check out the Wildlife Safari that works with endangered species and has a significant presence in the global conservation mission. Most animals roam free within the 600 acre park.
  • Head to our Air BnB Home in Chiloquin and check in- get settled
  • Panic because we did not buy our tickets early for the hike on Wizard Island (You need to do this)
  • Go to Crater Lake Rim Village and see the lake for the first time.
  • Buy the two tickets for the boat tour and hike of Wizard Island. This is the volcano inside a volcano and so worth it! In the future I would have just skipped the boat tour and only done the hike.
  • Dinner at Annie’s Cafe in the Park (Vegan burger option) One of only two places to eat in the area.
Day 2

Note: After Day 1, all other meals we had packed and did not eat out again.

  • Head back into the park. Take obligatory photo by the entrance sign.
  • Wait in line to get into the park.
  • Take East Rim Drive halfway around the lake with GORGEOUS views and get to the trail for the boat docks.
  • Hike 1.1 miles straight down into the Caldera at Cleetwood Cove and get to the docks. NOTE: You need to check in for the hike at the TOP of the trail ranger station with your receipt from the tickets. Thankfully, they were kind and did not make us go back up the hill.
  • Take boat tour around lake- stop for 3 hours at Wizard Island and hike straight up to the top and back to the bay. Panoramic views. Everyone who loves to hike should do it. Back on boat for the remaining 2 hours of the tour around the entire lake.
  • Hike back up the 1.1 mile caldera cliff.
  • Take the rest of the drive around the rim and stop at Cloudcap Overlook to watch the sunset
Day 3:
  • Easy morning. Pack up and start the drive back home.


Winston Safari

Crater Lake National Park

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I have recently had a few questions asking me what gear I use for phone photography. This is all of the general gear I throw in my backpack in various combinations depending on the shoot or occasion.

The entire idea with me starting this blog was to talk about how to photograph and travel in a very minimal way without giving up the quality of the capture. (Plus a few sprinklings of conversations on art of course!)

Each item here is a purposeful choice and added weight for my bag. If I were to throw everything listed here in a bag it weighs not even 10lbs. However, I typically only take part or pieces for local hikes and outings; while traveling it all goes with me.

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Hello Friends!

This is the last of the Colorado videos! I cannot wait until my next trip to share even more with you. Garden of the Gods is located right outside of Colorado Springs and offers hiking for the beginner to the advanced.

We arrived in the afternoon and had that gorgeous evening lighting that allowed the rock formations to truly shine in that bright orangey red. I love textures and was so inspired by the dessert surfaces here. Reminded me of my summers in Arizona growing up.

Enjoy friends!

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Hello! Go on the road with me and my phone to Multnomah Falls OR and see what I photograph. While a typically tourist filled area, my partner had only seen it as a kid and did not remember everything. We went on a Friday evening after work for the best light.

This is my very first “On the Road” post. I have had a vision for this idea for awhile and I am stoked to finally bring it to life. Go with me on adventures, see my gear, and what I take while there. In the future I plan to incorporate more “How To’s” into these videos. Watch to the end for some before & after transformation of photos.

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