adventure lies in arizona where i came face to face with the desert and all of it's beauty .

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adventure lies in arizona where i came face to face with the desert and all of it's beauty .

in april, my guy and i traveled to arizona.

neither of us had seen the grand canyon nor had i ever been to az. we landed in vegas the first night and stayed there only to wake up a few hours later and road trip to the grand canyon. it's majestic and dreamy and everything i could've hoped for. we made a few stops around the canyon, then were back on the road to phoenix.

we arrived at our mid-century modern airbnb a few hours later. the landscaping and architecture were unbelievable. the home was designed by local architect, michael munniger and is located in the historic cheery lynn neighborhood. the hosts were super friendly and even made us gin + tonics one night by the pool. if you are interested, here is the link . 

we drove to tuscon one afternoon for a makers bazaar where i met the owner of one of my favorite shops, fine life co (hi, emily!) we also stopped in a shop called, bon - ate delicious tacos, stopped by desert vintage, drank cold brew at cartel and shot around a colorful housing district.

while in phoenix, we visited a few shops - hub, growop boutique, we ate amazing crepes at the 'crepe bar', hiked around gates pass and the botanical gardens, had the best pizza of our lives at cibo (also the most romantic night of our visit - ate pizza and homemade linguine while surrounded by twinkle lights and italian music) visited camelback flower shop and met up with sweet friends whom i know through instagram - so happy to build on these friendships. one of these gals, tish asked ben and i if she could make some photographs of the two of us. it was fun adventuring around tempe's colorful neighborhoods. check out tish's work here .

here are some moments and memories we made - feel free to check out some iphone6 photos that we took using the hashtag #arizonainapril

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adventure lies in gothic, co where the enders' family cabin sits mountainside. this is 'finding gothic.'

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adventure lies in gothic, co where the enders' family cabin sits mountainside. this is 'finding gothic.'

back in may, some friends and i made our way west to gothic, co to film a documentary. my friend, tyler's family owns a cabin which was built in the summer of '77 in the quaint town of gothic. once we saw the sunrise at 5am, we made it to the cabin where we started settling in, taking in our surroundings and breathing in that crisp colorado air. we then hiked through the valley, saw plenty of fawns, and enjoyed each others company. the next day, we made our way into the town of crested butte where we rode horses through the aspens, hiked through national forests and did a little relaxing in the colorful town of crested butte.

on our way back to kansas, we stopped and shot on a few open roads with those amazing tones you dream of. we then entered the great sand dunes national park and reservation. one of the most picturesque places i've ever seen.

i am so grateful to have talented friends who are as eager to adventure as i am and thankful for this time spent in such a beautiful place. be sure to check out the documentary which was filmed by andrew shepherd and austin goldberg, edited by nathan eaton, featuring myself, tyler enders and chante gossett.

+ http://summerhousefilms.com/findinggothic/

+ a short 'gothic' preview made by andrew shepherd.
https://vimeo.com/135387660

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