The Grand Canyon

I’m quickly becoming a lover of everything dealing with The National Parks.
Eddie & I were able to visit Acadia National Park last year and it was breath taking and in that moment I knew I wanted to see more, do more, and explore more.
When Maria & I were figuring out our stops for the cross country road trip we both decided that visiting the Grand Canyon was a non-negotiable. Like most who hadn’t visited the canyon I poured over images and my mind filled with wonder that something so vast and detailed was formed over so many years and within our own borders. We were able to make the drive up to Williams Arizona and stayed at the La Quinta there since we had Tobi and needed a safe place to keep him and rest for the night. After unloading the car we got back on the road and made the hour drive to the south entrance of the canyon where we showed my National Park Pass and then hit the road up to the crest. With it being the winter season and us getting there after lunch time the crowds were minimal and we were able to really soak everything in.

I think we ended up standing on the edge for a solid hour just staring out at all of the vastness that is the Grand Canyon.
It really is Grand.
We then took a small stroll to see a few different angles before hoping back in the car and heading back to the hotel.
I do wish we had been able to have more time to hike and explore and really make a trip out of it but knowing we were getting back on the road early the next day made it impossible to plan out anything more than just sitting and staring at the majesty of it all. Awesome enough, Eddie & I only live 8 hours away so making a weekend trip back isn’t out of the question!

To be honest as I sat at the foot of the Canyon and absorbed the details I was quickly made aware of how small I am.
Later that night I found myself reflecting on life and the value we bring to it; the ability we have to make waves and spur movements and change lives. This national monument is one of the most stunning things I’ve ever seen; it’s vast and intrinsic and full of wonder and yet there it stands. Yes it has the ability to make an impact on a life, and it will change and erode slowly over time yet people flock to see it, to marvel at it, and to cross it off of a bucket list. I wonder what my life would look like if I put as much enthusiasm as I had to see the Grand Canyon into my relationships with others, into my business, into my marriage, into my family, into…everything. I can only imagine the change that would ripple out and turn into a whole new current.


Quick Facts

Where we stayed: La Quinta Inn & Suites – Williams, Arizona (about one hour away from the south entrance to the canyon)

Outfit Details: My sweatshirt% / Leggings / Hiking shoes (similar) / Sandals% / Headband

Time of Year: January – This made for a chill in the air and lots of wind! There was till snow on parts of the canyon which we weren’t really expecting. So if you’re planning to visit during this time make sure your bring layers and the right kind of footwear!


Little Long Pond – Acadia National Park

We found Little Long Pond on one of our random drives through Bar Harbor.
It was around sunset and super windy so we decided to come back the next day to walk the grounds and I am so glad that we did. There are a few different walking paths in the area and they are all surrounded by beautiful scenery; and can we talk about how peaceful it is?! It is so incredibly quiet.

Eddie & I were able to walk around chatting all about the things we are dreaming about, the upcoming few months, and what we hope to see unfold in the next year. It was probably one of my favorite walks that we did while in Maine; it was just calm and fulfilling. I also asked Eddie to take a ton of pictures while I galavanted around haha #BlogHusbandLife.

I loved traveling to Acadia and if we could go back again I would be so happy.
This will conclude my recap from Acadia and if you want to read a little bit more about our adventures click here.

take a hike tee | mountain time tee | polka dot black leggings


Exeter, NH | Laney & Lu Cafe


Exploring is something that is embedded deep within my heart.
It was a wild feeling as a child, it was caged and locked away as a teenager, and now as an adult I am consistently feeling the tug to just go.
Do you ever feel like that? Like you just want to get in your car and drive and see all the places along the way?
That is how I ended up in Exeter and inside darling little Laney & Lu Cafe.
The minute I walked in it felt like a warm hug.
I stared up at the large beautiful menu and was tempted to say, oh hello, one of everything please; but first impressions and all of that. 😉
I ended up getting a veggie/hummus wrap and the most decadent turmeric late i have ever had!

As I sat at the small window seating by myself chomping away this lady sat down waiting on her food to be finished.
I struck up a conversation and while I don’t remember everything we talked about I do know that it was really refreshing.
I love talking to strangers and yet I don’t step out and do it often enough.
I’m not sure if it’s because the older I get the less trusting I get (I hate that!), or if it simply because our society is just doing this huge shift away from communicating with strangers. She was kind, compassionate, and had a really sweet laugh. She was informative about the food I selected and said this was one of her favorite cafes and she comes by to grab something after her yoga class. We may have talked about life details and what not, but for a girl starved for social interaction it was perfect. I do remember that she asked what I was taking all of the pictures for – and for the first time in my life I said, a little timidly, I’m a lifestyle blogger and photographer and I am out exploring today. It was just one of those moments – one of those steps of faith moments where I realized my life has really gone through a shift and things are different. And here I am – in the north east sitting in this small little cafe talking to a stranger about healthy food and pictures and blogging.
What a beautiful moment.
I hope to have more of them; to continue to explore and talk to strangers.
To hear stories and laughter and forge connections, even if only for a few minutes.
The world needs more of those moments, wouldn’t you agree?


adventure | camping

earlier in the month i got out of town for a weekend for some much needed camping with friends.
we wen’t to a friend’s land and set up tents, built fires, roasted smores, ate delicious food, shot guns, played kanjam, and were total goofballs.
it was so nice to unplug, listen to crickets, laugh, and do nothing of importance.
oh, which by the way, i WON KANJAM!!!
yup. they’ve been camping for like 6 years, no one has won, and BAM amy won!
i’m just that good 😉 *brushes dirt off of shoulder*

excuse the no makeup, over-sized sweatshirts, and overall roughness.
i don’t do cute camping.

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(^winning shot)

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how do you do camping?

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adventure…

i was talking to a friend the other day about being adventurous.

ad·ven·tur·ous
adˈvenCHərəs,əd-/

willing to take risks or to try out new methods, ideas, or experiences

am I adventurous?
not always – but i’m willing to be.
that’s what I was telling him, i’m always willing to try new things – in fact I want to try new things.
i want to go backpacking through the mountains, hiking trails, paddle boarding, jump on an impromptu road trip, think outside of the box (i already do that ha).
i want to be adventurous.


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i want to get my hands dirty.
show off bruised knees and scratched palms.
jump in freezing rivers.
and test my limits.
i want to be adventurous.


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i want to soak in the sun rays and be knee deep in a wheat field.
i want my shoulders to be soar from paddeling.
chase fireflies at night.
count the stars.
tell stories around a blazing fire.
feel the breeze touch the sweat on the back of my neck.
i want to be adventurous.


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i want to hear the coyotes call and experience a cold night in the woods.
to carry my life in one backpack for a few days.
to be disconnected from the world.
to leave my problems at the edge of the forest and connect with God without distraction.
i want to chop wood and do manual labor.
i want to have meaningful conversations in the still of the night.
i want to be adventurous.


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i have this desire to dig my toes into the sand.
watch the waves as the sun sets.
even though I’ve done it a thousand times – i desire to do it a thousand more.
i want to be adventurous.


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my heart yearns for adventure.
craves it.
relishes in the idea and action of it.
my heart has the unquenchable desire to be apart of some epic story where i play a role.
and yet i pass by adventure.
i deny my heart the experience of what it craves.
because of fear – or worry – or lack of funds.
…i make up excuses to not do the things i want to do.


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so here’s to being adventurous.
to setting new limits.
climbing new mountains.
creating memories.
to embarking on a new path in our journey with God.
strengthening the foundation – and learning more about ourselves.
i want to be adventurous.
do you?

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Etsy Crushes…{9}

I mentioned last week that this weeks’ crushes would be themed, well i wasn’t kidding.
let’s go on an adventure. 

If you’ve posted any etsy crushes lately – link up. 

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