I just got back from two weeks on the road–camping across the south and stopping in places like Louisville, Memphis, Shreveport, Dallas, El Paso, Las Cruces, White Sands, Phoenix, Joshua Tree, and Palm Springs.
It was a trip. I got a lot of reading, knitting, and sun in. It was magical. My field bag kept me company. And you can see snaps here.
Last weekend, Sean and I had a quick trip to Italy for my closest friends’ wedding. Mackenzie + Matteo are perfect for one another, and our trip, a whirlwind.
We visited Padova and Roma and it was magical. You can see snaps from our trip here.
Roanhorse Canyon, Navajo Nation, norther New Mexico–Sean’s grandma’s land. It’s the most perfect camping spot and the only one we got to hit up this summer as part of our cross country journey from Phoenix to Boston, where we are now together, putting our house together.
Summer, why do you ever have to leave? See more snaps from our trip here.
After a successful 2014 trip to Catalina State Park in Oro Valley, Arizona, Sean and I decided to venture back to the beautiful campground and hiking spot for another go around last week. It’s a gorgeous spot. Plenty of trails (which allow dogs, hurrah!) and campground facilities, all the while making you feel remote and alone at your campsite.
We pitched tent on Friday early evening and settled into a relaxing evening of margaritas and snacks. A black widow scare later and breakfast the next morning, we set out on our first hike of the weekend. Little did we know, a dog would come out of no where and maul our poor pooch Jack, forcing us to scamper down the mountain and to an emergency clinic. Jack is lucky to be alive; we are lucky to have him, and a few hours of surgery later, we were packing up our campsite and returning to Phoenix.
I don’t know how I feel about ever going back to Catalina. It held such fond memories, but now, all I can think about is that dog, ripping Jack’s throat, and the panic that ensued. For me, living in Boston, an escape to 85 degree Phoenix was plenty enough. All I wanted was sun and warmth, cocktails like Sean’s famous Moscow Mules in the copper mugs I bought him last year…. and of course cacti. I got all of those things.
It was pretty ratty flying around Thanksgiving. The hoards of people. But, at least there’s plane ride reading. I read Terms of Endearment over the break. It was a pretty depressing novel; haven’t seen the movie. You should read some Larry McMurtry in your lifetime, though. You won’t regret it.
I spent Thanksgiving with my guy Sean and his family in sunny Phoenix. These saguaro never get old. Right?
This summer, I spent most of my time on various amazing, life changing trips. Nights in a moon roofed tent, days hiking in canyons and swimming in secluded lakes. If I could go back and start them all over again, I would. If you want to see some snaps from my jaunt through the southwest, pictures are here but have yet to be organized. Oh, and we did that whole east coast, Tennessee, and Smoky Mountain thing, too.
Can we please go back to summer vacation?
Nothing more spectacular; northern Arizona.
Epic storm at Wrigley Field, Chicago, July 2012.
Sean, Wrigley Field storm watching, Chicago, July 2o12.
For more photos of our trip, here.
…of my first summer trip, to Phoenix.
See snaps from the trip and other travel here.