Colca Canyon

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Such an amazing part of my trip!  I may have to return one day and make the hike to the bottom of Colca Canyon.  And maybe stop in that one small town again to get dressed up like the locals.  All I know is I sure wouldn’t mind seeing the condors fly again…pictures can’t do it justice.

The last couple are from a random bathroom stop in the middle of nowhere, and they capture what may have been the most beautiful sight of the trip.  Just goes to show that the best travel moments are hidden where you least expect.  In places not even the best guide book will talk about.

Arequipa & Chivay

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Between Arequipa and Chivay, we hit the highest elevation of our trip (over 14,000 feet!).  One of my favorite memories happened in Chivay, where we met a little girl named Nicole.  She was so clever and curious about my camera.  I taught her some of the basics of how to use it, and could feel her own excitement as she snapped at least a hundred pictures, smiling huge the whole time.  I may have to dedicate a post to her outtakes.  I will never forget our brief but amazing interaction.

Lima, Peru

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I’m alive and in Portland!  And will be slowly updating this blog with all my photos from the past month and a half.  Which includes the rest of Peru, my road trip from Dallas to Portland, and my time here since move-in.  It’s been crazy and busy and frustrating and stressful and wonderful!

The above photos are from my time in Lima.  The highlights for me were El Parque del Amor, the beach, and the folk dancing.  Not my favorite stop on the tour (okay, probably my least favorite, no offense Lima!), but it still had its moments.

More to come 🙂

Filming Colorado

Here’s a little video to sum up the Colorado trip. Hopefully you can see what an amazing adventure it was! I am much more excited to make my way to Oregon and live near equally amazing scenery. I love Texas, but there’s nothing like the mountains and the trees and the lakes and the coasts in the North West.

Great Sand Dunes National Park

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Our final stop, and a great way to spend the morning before a long drive home.  Walking up the sand dunes was so surreal, especially with the mountains in the backdrop.  I can only imagine what the view from the top might be like…one day!

 I couldn’t be happier with how this spontaneous trip turned out.  It’s got me even more excited for the road trip up to Portland, and all the possibilities that lie there.  I’ve been taking a lot more video footage and am hoping to put something together covering the trip before I leave for Peru!