Ever since my dad moved to New Hampshire a number of years ago, I’ve gotten to spend the first few days of each year waking up to the beautiful forests and mountains of the Granite State. This year, we started the trip out with a minimal amount of snow and got to enjoy a fresh powdery storm to welcome the new year.
Seattle is one of my favorite cities in the US. I think it’s because it’s so different from Los Angeles and there’s this innate thing inside of us that constantly craves the opposite of what we have. The moody, rainy, lush environment of Seattle makes me want to photograph everything. The light is soft and gentle, much unlike the harsh and contrasty light of Southern California.
I’d already been to Seattle once before and conquered the touristy sights of Pike Place and the Space Needle. This time, we were in store for a full weekend of on-again-off-again rain, so we enjoyed some strolls through the woods mixed in with cozy bird-watching from inside. Oh, and I saw my first Bald Eagle! That was a treat.
At the top of the snow season in 2019, Jesse and I took a weekend trip up to Mount Hood for some snowshoeing. Of course, what trip to Oregon would be complete without a little bit of waterfall chasing?
We got in late on a Thursday night, then woke up early on Friday and drove along the Columbia River Gorge, hitting up as many waterfalls as possible. The classic moody PNW vibes were in full swing to my photographic excitement.
For our first wedding anniversary, Jesse and I headed up to Cambria, CA – a small town along the coast en route to Big Sur. I’d never been – maybe just drove through many many years ago before I had any real grasp on California geography.
Most people know of Cambria as a place to stay while visiting Hearst Castle. It’s true, it is! But Cambria itself is a quaint little town with the most dreamy California shoreline ripe for those quintessential “romantic walks along the beach”.
It’s that time of year again where the internet explodes with reflections, resolutions, and promises to turn into a new person! I’m totally guilty of all of that.
In recent years, I’ve found that beginning the year with target hikes / travels / adventures helps me to actually do those things so I can keep an eye out for flight deals, permit lotteries, or even gear sales. Then, I can begin with itinerary planning and prepping – sometimes that involves starting a workout regimen and sometimes that involves pinning everything I see on Pinterest.
There are so many things I want to do and see, it’s genuinely difficult to choose just 3. But these 3 have been at the forefront of my mind for the past two years. Without further ado…
I’m not completely in-the-know with how the weather has been across the globe, but one thing’s for sure: we had one heck of a winter on the western side of the United States last year. I mean, it snowed in Los Angeles.
We tried something a little different this year and decided to take on snowshoeing. Most people forego the shoes and try to get by with bare boots or micro-spikes out of convenience, but I have to say that those folks are seriously missing out.
We went into planning the trip with an idealistic mindset: we would do all these wonderful hikes, visit alpine lakes, maybe even do some backpacking.