Five Shots: Off the Grid & Family

Where have I been? Like millions of other people, summertime is for adventures and catching up with family. I have been working hard at revisions for my second novel and forbade myself to blog until they were completed. Additionally, my summer days have been full of grandchildren, reunions, and glamping. Yes, Jim and I are glampers. Too old and spoiled to sleep in tents and on the ground, not a fan of RVs or its parks, so we bought a teardrop camper. It feels like a crime that we have lived in AZ for seven years, and we’ve rarely been to our neighboring states. All those National Parks waiting for us. All those lakes to fish and kayak. Here are some shots of our first glamping experience, a three-night trip to Eastern Arizona to the Mogollon Rim and the White Mountains.

Rim Glamping
Cindy Watching the Sun Set
Kayaking Woods Canyon Lake
Blue Heron
Lake Hawley
Kayaking on Lake Hawley
Campsite at Lake Hawley
Chipmunk
Herefords at Hawley Lake
Horse and Wild Iris
Monsoon Coming
Clouds over Hawley Lake

Grands and Children and Siblings and an Uncle and Mom. Hope you are getting your fill of family and adventure this summer!

 

Next week, off to London & Scotland. 🙂 

 

5 Shots: Kauai Day Two

Traveling is relative. If you live in the southwest or western part of the United States, it’s logical to vacation on this side of the hemisphere. Heading to Mexico or the Hawaiin Islands is direct and affordable, then say, flying east and traveling to Europe. Like most people, I enjoy taking photographs of wherever I go. I’m sticking to five shots and picking from the hundreds of pictures the best ones from each day. Which one do you like best? 

1. Rooster

I learned in the 1850s a hurricane came to Kauai and destroyed a chicken farm. The result of the chicken scattering is the island has feral chickens and roosters running around like pigeons. There are no predators on the island. Or snakes. I thought the roosters were fun to watch and gave the island a quirky quality to it.

2. Sunrise
3. Valley

We drove up to the north end of the island. Kaui is diverse. On this side of the island, 400 inches of rainfall give Kauai that botanical, paradise reputation. On the Westside, only 15 inches fall a year. I was surprised to see cactus growing and dry hills. The island appeals to naturalists and adventurists. Biking, hiking, surfing, golfing, kayaking, and fishing are enjoyed with enthusiasm. I liked how rural the island felt.

4. Horses
5. Sun is setting

5 Shots: Storm Brewing in Sycamore Canyon

Family has come to visit which means a trip up to the plateau for vista views, music, and Jim’s famous foil dinners. No one should visit Arizona without an evening out in the wilderness for an authentic experience of the Southwest. It’s our favorite way to entertain guests. Which shot do you like best?

1. Sycamore Wilderness
2. Wilderness Road
3. Foil dinner around the campfire
4. Rain is coming
5. A hole in the sunset
6. Downpour in Sedona

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