Riviera Maya Adventures!

This March our family made our first international trip together as a family, flying to the Riviera Maya in Mexico for a week. It was an incredible time of being in the water with manatees & swimming with sea turtles, exploring ancient Mayan ruins & swimming in a handful of the thousands of cenotes that [...]

Pacific Northwest Trip

Day 1 Colorado to Idaho Leaving not too long after midnight on Memorial Day, to help the kids pass the many hours in the back seat by sleeping a good deal of it, we left on our 4,000 mile road trip to the Olympic Peninsula. 15 hours of driving on Day 1 brought us to […]

Road-trip to the Pacific Northwest!

Summer is coming up & as soon as school’s out, we’ll head out on our next family adventure. We’ve done the research, mapped our route, & booked campgrounds. We’ll be heading out to the Pacific Northwest on an estimated 3,500 mile road trip, driving along the coast from the Olympic Peninsula in Washington down to [...]

Our Oahu Adventure

Hawaii is heavenly! The vibrancy of life & color is a feast for the eyes & soul!  The hues of blue … the blue skies … the varying blues of the warm Hawaiian waters … Elvis Presley’s “Blue Hawaii” definitely came to mind. The thick, lush, deep emerald green of the gorgeous vegetation, the variety of blooming flowers […]

My Top 10 photos from 2016

So there's this Podcast that I often listen to about photography (Improve Photography Podcast) and they recently had an episode about the importance of annual self evaluation. He encouraged the community of listeners to take the time this month to select our favorite shots of the current year as a Top 10. Culling thru hundreds [...]

The magical island of Kauai

When you go to a tropical paradise smack dab in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the most remote chain of islands in the world, & don't actually spend any time laying out relaxing on any beaches because you're too busy exploring from dawn until dark, feasting all of your senses on island goodness ... [...]

Our Adventure to Crystal Mill Colorado Photography

After nearly 18 years in Colorado, we thought we’d better go see the iconic Crystal Mill, especially since we’d purchased a 4-wheel drive truck in the last year & were eager to put it to the test. Both the location & our vehicle did not disappoint, although the drive was pretty hair-raising & I had to remember to breathe every once in a while, especially as we noticed a truck that had rolled down a cliff at some point in history. I would not recommend doing this, if you aren’t a confident 4 x 4 driver.

With a light dusting of the first snow of the season & the fall colors at their peak, the scene could not have been more picturesque.

The structure, built in 1892-93, is not actually a mill, but it was the control room for the hydroelectric power generated from that dam that used to be there. The power was used by the mill for the saws and lights.  Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985, it is reputed to be one of the two most widely photographed locations in Colorado, along with Maroon Lake/Maroon Bells.