Impromptu Michigan Trip

I'm lucky enough to have been raised in Mid-Michigan, and whenever I get home I sometimes revel in its understated beauty – especially this time of year when everything is so lushly green. This trip was dedicated to visiting with my incredibly lovely 93-year-old grandmother, Genevieve. The eldest of eight, my dad grew up on our family farm, where grandma still resides today.

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Sifting through dozens of old photos albums is one of my favorite things to do at The Farm. My grandfather recently passed away, so uncovering many shots of he and grandma looking happy and healthy brought a smile to my face.

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When my sister and I visit The Farm together, we spend some time down at the pond throwing back a Black Label or two. My Uncle Joe actually has a "hiding spot" located under a rock in the spring, where the beers keep cold year-round (sorry for the reveal, Joe!). This trip, the pond had been drained for a cleaning so Jen and I got to walk through it and uncovered some gorgeous agates and fossils.

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On the drive back, we stopped by one of our most-loved childhood ice cream spots, King Kone. Chocolate and vanilla twist dipped in chocolate? Yes, please!

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And of course you know I had to document some Michigan flowers. The clematis are in bloom in my folks' backyard.

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For more proof of Michigan's beauty, check out this short video that Matt made a few years ago. About 3:26 minutes in you can see footage of The Farm and my grandmother.

Triumphant Return

A lot has happened in the past nine months. A few milestones: after an incredible six-year stint, I left my full-time gig in the nonprofit arts realm, got married to the love of my life, became creative director of an up & coming hub for food and culture, and finally, moved across the country to the Napa Valley. The point is, I've been busy but starting today I'm back to regular blogging. It's been far too long! A few weeks ago, Matt and I traveled to Telluride, CO to attend our favorite film festival, Mountainfilm. Some of you may remember the in-depth post I did about this environmentally-focused festival after attending for the first time a few years back. Matt's latest short film, American Tintype, was screening at Mountainfilm, but we made sure to treat this as a vacation and truly enjoy drool-worthy views and delicious food. Now that our home base is California, we had two full days of travel by car each way and let me tell you: driving is the way to go. I'd never seen Utah or Nevada and only bits and pieces of Colorado – the landscapes in each state morph quickly but fluidly. The vast and mysterious desert, the vibrant red sandstone arches, the magical Bonneville Salt Flats, and the stunning mountain ranges...obviously, much adventuring and Instagram spamming ensued! Here's my abbreviated "best of" collection from the week.

Arches National Park in Moab, UT

Arches National Park in Moab, UT

Somewhere in the desert, Eastern Utah

Somewhere in the desert, Eastern Utah

Helper, Utah.

Helper, Utah.

Bonneville Salt Flats in Tooele County, UT   [by  Matt Morris .]

Bonneville Salt Flats in Tooele County, UT  [by Matt Morris.]

Bonneville Salt Flats, Tooele County, UT

Bonneville Salt Flats, Tooele County, UT

Colorado Countryside Horses

Colorado Countryside Horses

Telluride magic hour.

Telluride magic hour.

88 Bikes  mobile art gallery at Mountainfilm in Telluride, CO

88 Bikes mobile art gallery at Mountainfilm in Telluride, CO

W. Colorado Ave., Telluride, CO

W. Colorado Ave., Telluride, CO

Thunder Mountain Monument, Imlay NV.

Thunder Mountain Monument, Imlay NV.

Thunder Mountain Monument, Imlay NV.    

Thunder Mountain Monument, Imlay NV.

 

St. Augustine, Revisited

While editing my Upper Michigan photos, I came across dozens of photographs I took in St. Augustine a few months back. I have no idea why I never posted them! Sometimes I think I post things that I actually only thought about posting but never really did. Sometimes I have brainfarts. So here are a few of my favs...

And in case you missed it, you can check out my post about yummy eateries in St. Augustine here.