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Took a Little Trip

This weekend I went for a little drive.

About a month ago, you might remember that I helped decorate for my friend's bridal shower.  Well, last weekend she tied the knot, and this weekend we celebrated with a reception.  But since the reception was held three hours away from my home, I decided to make the most of the driving time by snapping a few shots of the Arizona landscape.  

Well, let me clarify...I decided to make a few stops along the way to take some shots of the Arizona landscape.  (Trust me, I'm not coordinated enough to drive and photograph at the same time!)

It's probably not anything that makes you want to jump on a plane to come and visit, but in so many ways I find the desert beautiful.  Especially during the monsoon season when the clouds start to roll in and shade us all from the scorching sun.  I couldn't help but take some pictures of the blue sky, and those fluffy clouds!

This trip took me back to the place where I grew up.  I'm from a pretty small town that is largely a farming and ranching community.  When you live in the city, you forget that there are places out there where neighbors are miles away, and "traffic" includes tractors.

I found it nice to be surrounded by open land, looking out with a clear view of the mountains and the sky.   

And just when you think you've got the landscape figured out, a giant arises in the distance, and as you get closer, you see the layers of earth that have been carved and sculpted for millions of years.

It makes you think about how short life is, and how important it is to make the most out of the time you are given.

I mean, it's not like I had an epiphany, but I appreciated the opportunity to observe my surroundings, and look at scenes I'd seen before from an outsiders perspective.  

What about you?  Has anyone else taken a little trip that made you want to stop and take photos, even if it was on a road you've traveled 1000 times?  This blog has inspired me to capture more moments of my life that I know will make me smile when I look back.  I'm beginning to realize that this is the coolest journal I've ever kept!


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