• Sedona - Red Rocks
    Photography,  Travel

    Photo Challenge: Place in the World

    Happy Friday! It may almost be the weekend, but it’s actually the start of a very busy week (or two or three) for me. I have 3 weddings to go to in the span of 4 weekends plus lots of wedding related events and other social events to go to during the weeks. Oh yeah and regular/work/personal things to get done. Hopefully I don’t completely burn out! But let me take one thing at a time so as to keep myself from going crazy – starting with today’s photo challenge response. The Daily Post’s photo challenge last week was “Place in the World“. I decided to use a photo from…

  • Sedona - Lightning
    Photography,  Travel

    Photo Challenge: Danger!

    Happy Friday! This week has been weird. I feel like I didn’t know what day of the week it was all week. Anyone else feel out of sorts this week? Last week’s photo challenge from The Daily Post was “Danger!” and the example was pretty funny. I thought about what photos I had that might be good for the challenge and I finally settled on one. Now, two things to preface this photo. 1) This was actually a video and I screenshot it for the purposes of this photo challenge. 2) It was taken by my brother and not me although I was sitting right next to him when he took…

  • Verde Canyon Railroad
    Photography,  Travel

    Photo Challenge: Spare

    When I saw that this week’s photo challenge was “Spare“, I started thinking about whether I had an old photo to use. Because the example used for the photo challenge from The Daily Post was a desert vista it made me think of my trip to Arizona last summer. I started browsing through my photos from my trip and lo and behold I came across photos from my day trip on the Verde Canyon Railroad that worked perfectly for the challenge. Most of the hills and expansive landscape around us consisted of dry and arid land with the red rocks peeking through. Yet, in the center of this canyon lives…

  • Wupatki
    Photography,  Travel

    Photo Challenge: Landscape

    Friday at last! This week has felt ridiculously long. I feel like my spring break was ages ago! For this week’s photo challenge, “Landscape“, I chose a photo (or two) from my vacation last year in Arizona. I went to Sedona, Arizona last year and on my day trip to the Grand Canyon we made some little stops. One of the stops was to Wupatki, a national monument between the Painted Desert and the ponderosa highlands of Northern Arizona. At Wupatki, you can see settlement sites of the Ancient Pueblo Native Americans. It was truly fascinating and as amazing as the landscape is to look at today, imagine what the…

  • Photography,  Travel

    Photo Challenge: Change

    I’m happy to say that Friday came quick this week and I’m not going to complain about that! So as with every Friday, I’m sharing my response to The Daily Post’s weekly Photo Challenge. This past week’s challenge was “Change”. I was completely inspired by the photo they chose to use as an example, which was a photo of the mountains at Denali National Park. The expansive range form their own weather systems and as they explain it can look stormy at one peak while another peak is basking in the sunlight. This reminded me of the red rocks in Sedona, Arizona and how I could see so far across…

  • Photography,  Travel

    Photo Challenge: Half and Half

    The Daily Post’s latest photo challenge, “Half and Half”, is something I’ve never thought of before – at least not consciously. It challenged participants to share a photo, or take a photo, that has two distinctive halves. It could be literal or symbolic, and believe me I was tempted to use a photo of the newlyweds from last week’s wedding I went to, but decided against it. Instead, I’ve decided to share a photo from a few weeks ago taken in Sedona, Arizona. In the foreground, there are miles of flat, dry, land and in the background are giant rock formations and red rock. Not only is the terrain different…

  • Fashion,  Food,  Life,  Travel

    Last Day in Sedona

    Yesterday was my last real day in Sedona. When this post goes live, I’ll be on a plane heading home for the night before heading back out. The day was relaxing and a nice way to end this vacation. I started out the morning with an hour long massage at the hotel spa. It was glorious. I absolutely love getting massages, but I usually only get them once, maybe twice a year if I’m lucky. Usually I only get them when I’m away on vacation and I’m staying at a resort that offers spa services. It’s a little treat to myself.   I made my way over to the spa on…

  • Photography,  Travel

    Photo Challenge: Muse

    The latest photo challenge from The Daily Post challenged participants to share a subject that they keep coming back to, in other words a subject that is a sort of “Muse” to them. One thing or things that I think I never get tired of photographing are sunsets and sunrises. I mean, the sun rises and sets every day so what’s so special about it? But for some reason, I just love them, especially when I’m away. Apparently, I think sunrises and sunsets are different from back home! But I think they are different because you’re in a different environment and different landscape. This past week I’ve been in Sedona,…

  • Fashion,  Looks,  Travel

    Verde Canyon

    Today’s my last real day in Sedona; I fly back home tomorrow morning and I’m right back out on the road bright and early Saturday morning for an out-of-town (more like out of the country – I’m going to Canada) wedding. So today is all about relaxing and taking it easy, doing some last minute gift buying etc. But before I undoubtedly tell you all about that tomorrow, let me recap yesterday. Yesterday, I went on a train ride through Verde Canyon via the Verde Canyon Railroad. The depot is in Clarkdale, which is about 45 minutes from Sedona. The quarter-mile long train takes you on a 40 mile (round…

  • Fashion,  Food,  Looks,  Travel

    Day Trip: Grand Canyon

    Yesterday was a long day consisting of a day trip to the Grand Canyon. It wasn’t my first time there, but the last time I went 2 years ago with a friend, we went (also on a day trip) from Las Vegas, so I believe I went to the other side of the canyon. Most of us have seen pictures of this natural wonder, but when you see it with your own eyes it is a sight to behold. Seeing it for a second time didn’t diminish the awe I felt at all. Here’s a fun fact for you – did you know that the Grand Canyon is the size of…