take a hike.

after 10 days of traveling the country [6 of which were spent sleeping in a tent] ..[J] & I made it to denver, colorado.

it’s always been a “home away from home” for me. a lot of my family lives there. and I’ve been out to visit more times than I can count. I cherish every moment spent there. it’s so beautiful. maybe one day, I’ll pack [J] up in a truck & move there.

now that I’ve thoroughly frightened my fiance this is how we spent our time in denver ..

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this is why you throw away your garbage when camping..

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if you leave it, bears will find it. and be a great photo opportunity & an AMAZING animal sighting for us. [ but that’s besides the point].

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we hiked up to devil’s head fire lookout.

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with my parents + their sweet, little puppy.

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who was over the hike almost instantly!

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the views could not have been more gorgeous.

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because I’m easily amused ..

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after the hike, we were all exhausted. but especially ..

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the parent’s pooch.

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then there was a backyard cookout.

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and thee most amazing sunset ..

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I may have left a piece of my heart there ..

we’ll be back soon.

happy tuesday.

and remember ..

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spilling the beans.

I am so happy this day is here, because I cannot keep my mouth shut any longer ..

I put up two ‘clues’ on {instagram} over the weekend. here are three more ..

then I’m spilling the beans!

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[J] & I both purchased a pair of what I call “all-purpose” shoes. {merrell’s barefoot trail gloves}.

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we got hydration backpacks.

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and then there was friday afternoon ..when I tried to pitch a tent in our living room. fail. our apartment is not big enough, my tent-building skills are just fine.

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you’d think that last clue really exposed the announcement. yes, we’re taking a trip. and we will be camping. but there’s more to it ..

we’re calling it ..

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inspired by a trip my parent’s took me on as a child. our need strong desire for a vacation. love of road trips. want to spend time together. and chance to see some of our country’s greatest sites.

we’ll be gone for 16 days!!!!

we’re hitting mount rushmore. little bighorn battlefield. the badlands. devils tower. yellowstone. salt lake city, UT. estes park & denver, CO. just to name a few. we will not be camping the entire time, only about half ..[that’s enough for me]. I haven’t been camping since age 10-ish. so [J] & I are in for an adventure.

in regards to the blog ..

my mom says camping is more ‘civilized’ these days, but I’m not convinced and/or taking any chances..so I’m leaving you in the hands of some of my favorite bloggers who will keep you entertained distracted while I’m gone. they’re amazing! and have some fun things up their sleeves. I do plan to write a couple posts ..most definitely “the week in photos” [on friday’s]. and probably a few others. basically, there will be a new post up each day. so you won’t even notice I’m gone!

besides the fact that we’ll be busy fighting off bears, scratching mosquito bites, and using a campfire as our oven ..[J] & I are making a conscious effort to disconnect. at least for the first 6 days of our trip, no social media. [I may sneak an instagram here & there].

I’ll have my camera with me at all times. and will recap the entire trip when we return.

let the last minute preparations begin ..

happy monday!

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