Welp, here are some tiny snippets from my Florida vacation! We spent most of our trip in Cocoa Beach spending time hanging out on the beaches, visiting the pier, and taking frequent visits to Ron Johns Surf Shop. The first day there we drove up to a restaurant on the water where my mom met us with half of our family, who had no idea that we were coming. It was such a surprise and I will never forget the look on my grandparents faces when they saw us all jumping out of the car in the parking lot. The last two days we stayed in Orlando and went to the happiest place on earth, Disney World! The last time I was there I was maybe 9 or 10 years old, and while this time around was a completely different experience, it was just as magical. My favorite part was the electric parade, fireworks, and light-show that they did on the castle. It was so beautiful and magical and perfectly embodied everything that Disney is to me. Have you ever been to Disney World? Disney Land? I would love to explore some of the other parks, as we only spent time in Magic Kingdom. Until next time, Florida!
I’m going on a last minute trip to the beach this week! On Thursday we are packing up the car and heading to Florida to visit family and spend some quality time lounging by the ocean. I’ve been craving a visit to the sea so hard lately and the opportunity couldn’t have come at a better moment. It’s been cold and rainy (what?) around here, so I am excited to get out in the sun for a while! Not to mention, I love the ocean. I was hanging out with some friends the other day and about 95% of the group confessed to being terrified of the sea. I was so surprised! It can be nerve wracking sometimes thinking about how deep and far it goes and all of the creatures that call it home, but that doesn’t stop me from getting in that salt water. How about you guys? Are you sea, lake, river, or pool people?
A few days ago I went to explore an abandoned greenhouse in Denton with some friends. It was eerie and empty but absolutely beautiful. We had some leftover smoke bombs from Fourth of July, so of course we set them off in the greenery. I’ve been working really hard on some pieces for the shop and I have a little surprise in store for next week. I hope everyone is having a good weekend!
I don’t know if I have adequately expressed my love for Iceland, but it is on my top five list of countries to visit. One of my friends recently traveled there and came home with the best stories and even better photos. The country is breathtakingly beautiful and contains so many different landscapes and ecosystems, not to mention some pretty great bands call Iceland home. Have you seen the documentary, Made in Iceland, by Klara Haren? That film was my first major exposure to the land and I was instantly in love. Who wants to take a trip with me?
Maras Salt Flats. Salineras, Peru.
photo by: Rodrigo Vieira Soares
Dyrhólaey. South Iceland.
photo by: T. Buchtele
Southern Oregon Coast.
photo by: Maryanne Gobble
The hauntingly beautiful Crescent House is one of several pavilions that took place in the annual “Fugitive Structures” series held this year by the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation in Paddington, Sydney, Australia. Designed by Andrew Burns, the pavilion is aimed at engaging a wider audience with architectural thinking. At the intersection of two large arches a viewer can stand in the center of the pavilion and find themselves in the middle of two volumes of open space. The darkness of the space is complemented by a constellation of light that introduces the viewer to the wonder of the night sky, in the middle of the day. The curved walls of the pavilion are composed of burned yaki-sugi planks that recall the wild bush fires that take place on the continent. I can only imagine how beautiful and engaging an experience at this structure must be like.
Whalers Bay, Antarctica.
photo by: Oliver Dodd
This March I ventured through some of the most beautiful national parks with my friends Carli and Nina. All in all we traveled to Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Dixie National Forrest, and Arches National Park. We also spent a bit of time in Moab while at Arches, and man oh man, that town is awesome. The pictures above were taken at Zion National Park and Arches National Park. I can safely say these two were my favorite stops and I would give anything to spend a little more time at both of them. They were absolutely stunning and every view took the breath right out of me. We tent camped most of the trip, but had to make some compromises a few nights due to extreme cold and snowy conditions. At Zion we decided to hike as much of The Narrows as we could without gear, and let me tell you, that water was cold. Either way, I envy the landscape all of you Utahans get to experience on a daily basis, because it is drop dead gorgeous.