crested butte.

on july 21st, [J] & I set off on a sixteen day vacation road trip across the country.

that same day we explored the state of south dakota.

and happened to get engaged.

set up camp during a hail storm in devils tower, WY.

received a history lesson at little bighorn battlefield, before embarking on the most amazing drive to yellowstone.

then there were two of my favorites night at yellowstone national park.

a weekend with friends in salt lake city.

our last night of camping // in estes park, CO.

and a gorgeous hike just outside of denver, CO.

we were happy to unite with [J]’s family for the remainder of our trip. which happened to take place four hours west of denver. in the small town of gunnison, CO. we were there to attend a wedding.

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crested butte // LLinaBC.com

mt. princeton [of the collegiate peaks].

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wedding attire.

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loved the place cards + vintage keys.

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that dance floor was callin’ my name.

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crested butte // LLinaBC.com

before heading back to denver, we had to make a special trip to crested butte, CO.

a quaint, beautiful town perfectly planted at the base of a mountain range.

it was my favorite.

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crested butte // LLinaBC.com

rocking my white + turquoise spike capwell necklace.

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crested butte // LLinaBC.com

we showed up just in time for an art fair.

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crested butte // LLinaBC.com

crested butte // LLinaBC.com

a storm was on the horizon ..

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crested butte // LLinaBC.com

crested butte // LLinaBC.com

this sunset.

we woke up the next morning, sad to say goodbye to our trip. but happy to be heading back home.

not before snapping a few shots of the beautiful sunflower field behind our hotel. looking out towards downtown denver.

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[*editor’s note: it was 6AM. and I had not yet had my coffee. or the opportunity desire to meet any make up].

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until next time denver, colorado.

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go on a road trip. go see the beautiful things that are only mere hours away. it’s amazing what is out there. and what you may find.

happy tuesday.

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history buff.

just in case you’re not sick of hearing about [J] & I’s trip yet ..

on day one, we drove from des moines to mount rushmore. making a couple stops along the way. {read more}. then, that night we got engaged. no big deal. {read more}. on day two, we left south dakota & headed to wyoming to set up camp at the base of devils tower. which we explored on day three {read more}.

after hiking around devils tower, we got in the car and continued our road trip to montana.

and set up camp. just in time to watch the sunset.

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LLontheBIGroad day 4 // LLinaBC.com

the next morning it was breakfast over the fire, as usual.

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and off we went to the little bighorn battlefield.

which is incredibly amazing. and oh so important to our country’s history.

the reader’s digest version: it took place in june 25-26, 1876. and was the U.S. army battling against the native american tribes, who were resisting pressure from the government to relocate to reservations.

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history buff // LLinaBC.com

the memorial of “custer’s last stand”.

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the native american memorial.

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after some inspiring history, it was time to get back on the road ..

destination: yellowstone national park.

but what we didn’t expect ..was to have some of thee most beautiful scenery along the way.

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sweet little towns, tucked in the valleys of massive mountains.

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and winding roads, going up the side of said mountains. [I drove].

but with thee most breathtaking scenery.

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around each turn, we said “it can’t get any prettier than this” ..so we’d park the car, get out, and snap a couple photos. but without fail ..it always got better.

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history buff // LLinaBC.com

history buff // LLinaBC.com

friends.

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history buff // LLinaBC.com

history buff // LLinaBC.com

and without question, one of the most entertaining parts of our trip ..just so happened to be when there was an “open range”. and road signs would say “caution: animals on the road”. and you would come around the corner, and see this ..

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history buff // LLinaBC.com

I guess when you’re driving hours & hours across the country, it doesn’t take much to entertain you. just beautiful scenery & cows on the road.

cannot wait to share our time at yellowstone. next week.

are you sick of trip recaps yet?

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happy wednesday.

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the day the hail came.

on the second day of our road trip across the country, [J] & I headed from south dakota to wyoming. destination: devils tower. 

just seeing it off in the distance made us excited to be spending our overnight there.

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we got there just in time to set up our campsite ..

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and then a storm rolled in ..

a hail storm!

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so we watched from inside our tent. with a couple of beers.

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once it stopped, it was dinner [& s’mores time].

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devils tower, WY // LLinaBC.com

devils tower, WY // LLinaBC.com

devils tower, WY // LLinaBC.com

devils tower, WY // LLinaBC.com

devils tower, WY // LLinaBC.com

the next morning, we went for a hike around the base.

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devils tower, WY // LLinaBC.com

the native american myth of how devils tower came to be.

devils tower, WY // LLinaBC.com

devils tower, WY // LLinaBC.com

devils tower, WY // LLinaBC.com

devils tower, WY // LLinaBC.com

devils tower, WY // LLinaBC.com

devils tower, WY // LLinaBC.com

the biggest lesson [J] & I learned on our trip: regardless of how “boring” the rest of the country thinks a state is ..it’s guaranteed to be gorgeous. being from iowa, you’d think I would know that. there is so much beauty in this country!

next stop: montana!

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happy monday all.

[J] & I are headed to the iowa state fair today. it’s only my second time ever. and I’m probably guaranteed to eat 25+ fried/on-a-stick items.

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