This last year was a year of growth, many trials, smiles, and changes. I decided in January 15' to set down my camera more often, to try and take in the views with my eyes vs my lens, and to enjoy the moment without any clicks separating each breath I took. The moments I did pick up my camera I tried to create something worthwhile and when I chose not to I sought to imprint the beautiful moments of life on my heart and mind vs. a digital file or social media. This was one of 5 photos I took in Moab, Utah during the GGBY Festival in November and it is my favorite from the trip. This year I'll be bringing my camera along more often, I hope it's a year of more growth and that it's filled with new inspiration, opportunities, and creativity.
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Every so often I volunteer up at The Dog Yard in Breckenridge, CO, otherwise known as Snowcaps Dog Sledding. I love helping out in any way that I can but most often I end up snuggling all the little guys that aren't old enough to run yet. This means puppies, yep, the cutest fluffballs you've ever seen romping through snow. There are around 160 gorgeous Siberian Huskies that live at The Dog Yard. Each year the crew retires a few, adopting the older guys out and introducing a new group of pups to the team. This Spring the crew had prepped a group of ladies in heat but it ended with them all not pregnant. They tried again in the Fall, this time successful, or shall I say too successful? They ended up with 24 new pups as one girl, Drea, ran loose and got a little frisky out in the yard. This meant extra puppies and all the more kisses and licks to go around. On one of my free days I made the drive up to play, cuddle, and snap a few photos of yard friends and fluffy faces.
Moab, Utah, this place never ceases to amaze me. Every so often I travel West to play in the desert with some wonderful people and I always find myself on adventures like the ones you'll see below. The Monkey's were the ones who introduced me to Highlining, Basejumping, Climbing, Insane Ropeswinging, and more. The activities each are involved in are so complex and diverse, the list seems to go on and on. One fact remains the same though and that is that each desert dwelling friend absolutely loves living life. These pictures were from one of those trips West of the Rockies where we spent the day in the sun laughing, rigging, walking lines, scaring ourselves by jumping off of 400 foot cliffs, and hugging one another as the sun set low on the horizon.
I drove up the pass from Denver to spend the night camping in the mountains with friends. We hiked up at midnight, climbed in the light of the full moon, and gathered around the fire to stay warm. We caught up on life, talked about Jesus, and laughed about how strange our paths are weaved into this tapestry of humanity. There are some days that I awake, uncertain of what life may hold for me. I'm extremely thankful for these moments with friends when fear of the unknown is banished and I'm filled with encouragement and love. Nights like these remind you when you're doubting that you matter, especially to Him who keeps the Universe stable.
This is a continuation post from my instagram account @micahemily on which I posted a 3 part photo series of @caleb_the_human and I's wintery hike at Hanging Lake in Western Colorado. These are the full frame photos whereas the instagram account shows a preview of them cropped. I've added a few fun photos as well as some landscape to this post because I can't get enough of this gorgeous hike and I think you'll enjoy them too!
Back to more Central America photos. On this part of the trip we began to trek inland and ended up on the Pacific side before catching a flight home. The little boy in the photos towards the end was the hostel cooks son in Nicaragua. When we arrived he was sleeping on a yoga mat and as we signed in he began to stir. He started stretching and threw himself into a few yoga poses. We watched him curiously until he stopped and wanted to play. He would walk around, steal our noses, and throw them out into the jungle! We couldn't stop laughing and smiling with him as he played tricks and giggled. More friends, more hostels, more oceans, hope you enjoy!
This last spring I had the opportunity to go sailing from Mexico to Guatemala with two of my cousins and a friend. When I arrived they revealed that they had had a terrible trip sailing in from Cuba and that they wouldn't be moving from Isla Mujeres, Mexico, for three solid weeks. With only a month and a half to travel my cousins and I spent the next two days trying to make a decision. On the third day we took off to backpack, ride chicken busses, stay in hostels, and take advice from locals and other travelers. What a fun and crazy trip that ensued. After all was said and done we had traveled through Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, skipped El Salvador and Honduras via an extremely long bus ride, spent some time in Nicaragua, and finished our trek in Costa Rica. We met amazing characters from all parts of the globe, ate the most amazing food, swam in the bluest of oceans, slacklined across beaches, rode bikes to cenotes, and even crashed a birthday party on the beach. Here are a few of my favorite photos from the trip. To be continued in a second post.
Elopement at Hanging Lake? Yes, please. Hanging Lake is my all time favorite place to take friends and family who visit. The hike to get to the hidden gem is fairly mild and fun, plus you're surrounded by waterfalls and foliage the entire way up. This area never gets old and I'm always in awe of the beauty surrounding it. I might add that it's also the most perfect setting to get eloped in. This adventurous couple hiked up early, spent time getting ready in the woods, and proclaimed their vows under a waterfall in a secluded nook made from tree roots growing around towering rocks. After the ceremony and with no time constraints we were able to scour the area and take as many photos as we desired. Alli and Sean were up to get creative, even if it meant crossing streams and stepping onto precarious logs that were slick with moss. When we finally came down from the lake we regrouped in Glenwood Springs for an afternoon appetizer and drinks before they were whisked away to a romantic dinner and the end of a beautiful day.