Our home state for almost 10 years, we thought we knew if fairly well. We made new discoveries as we deviated from our original plan so that we could stay in Yosemite for an extra week with friends and then we drove west to the ocean simply because we missed the waves and beauty of it. The first leg of our trip was a beautiful goodbye to this gorgeous state.
We fell hard for Oregon with its wide plains and playas, wild ocean coastline, peaceful mountain lakes and hidden waterfalls.
Our time here was spent making fast friends with Camp Trend thanks to Instagram, long evening hangs with our family, winding our way through mountain passes and chasing the night sky.
There is a reason for its overwhelming popularity; every turn was incredibly beautiful. We spent August exploring Squamish, Banff and Jasper with our friend Matt from Camp Illustrated - best travel buddy ever.
With wildfires chasing us out of Canada, we continued to see the effects of a very dry summer in Northern Montana. This truly is the Big Sky State; a wild and inspiring place that we'd like to spend more time in.
Deep yellow hillsides hit right against the big, bright blue skies in Wyoming. Camping in the shadow of the Tetons, buffalo and elk nearby, winding rivers; everything makes you feel small here.
We made it our mission to camp underneath the gold Aspen leaves as we started to feel the chill on the wind. We had our first bear sighting, Laura hiked her first 14er and we started to realize we were nearing the end of our trip.
Ancient is the only way to describe the feeling of Utah. Valleys gleam in the morning sunrise like faraway city windows, gigantic weather-worn arches are the norm and you can be winding along roads when a flash flood turns the desert cliffs into chocolate milk waterfalls.
A few personal favorite photos including Matt SUPing a fallen log down a river in Canada, the miles and kilometers of hiking and the many, many deep sighs from Dani.
Washington, BC & Alberta
Montana, Wyoming, Colorado & Utah