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A Week in the Life: Instagram Travel

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Late June and early July have been a whirlwind. A picture is worth a thousand words, and my most recent Instagram photos tell the story of what I’ve been up to lately.

As readers of this blog already know, I recently returned from a trip to Kauai and Oahu. I was mesmerized by all of the beautiful flowers on Kauai.

Flower in Kauai

Flower in Kauai

I also created my first Instagram video, showing the view from our hotel room in Honolulu (we stayed at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort).

Once we returned home to Las Vegas, we were met with insanely high temperatures. We’re talking highs in the 110s. It was quite a change from the weather in Hawaii, but we didn’t let that stop us from enjoying some July 4th fireworks.

July 4th, 2013

Despite the fact that I’d just returned from a vacation and had plenty of work to keep me busy at home, I headed to Kingman, Arizona over the holiday weekend to check out some Route 66 sites.

Roadside adventures in Kingman, AZ

For a look at Instagram photos from other travelers, stop by Skimbaco Lifestyle for Instagram Travel Thursday. You can find me on Instagram at wandering_off.

Time to “Focus on Nevada”

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Focus on Nevada at Alios Gallery

Take a look at this month’s issue of Desert Companion, and you’ll see the winners and finalists of the Focus on Nevada photo contest. The photos represent diverse views of Nevada, from the Strip to rural areas like Rhyolite and Echo Canyon. If there is one common theme among the photographs, it is that Nevada really is beautiful.

You can use this link to view the photos or you can pick up the June 2013 issue of Desert Companion when you’re out and about in Southern Nevada.

Two of my photos were chosen as honorable mentions in the smartphone category. (You can find them on page 67 of the digital version, but you really should take the time to peruse the professional and semi-professional categories first.) It was pretty cool seeing my photos in the magazine and on the gallery wall at Alios Gallery for the Focus on Nevada event. I’ve been inspired to re-install the Instagram app on my iPhone.

The Color Palette of the Desert

Calico Basin, Las Vegas.

Those of you who have lived in Las Vegas for years will probably roll your eyes at me, but I can’t help it. I am so fascinated by the landscape here: the desert, the mountains, and the colorful rocks that make the perfect subjects for my amateur photography.

So, in honor of my obsession with our western scenery, I decided the blog needed a make-over. I wanted a theme that captures that desert vibe. Hence, the new look of Wandering Off! I hope you like it. This is a WordPress theme called Liquorice by Nudge Design.

I also wanted to share this photo from the weekend. We took a walk at Calico Basin, along the little boardwalk loop that you can find near the picnic pavilions. It’s a short stroll, but a pleasant one, and it’s a very manageable length for young kids.

Thank you for reading Wandering Off!

San Francisco Travel Photos

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California Plant Burger at The Plant Cafe. San Francisco.Plant Cafe. San Francisco.San Francisco.Ready to go!Getting ready to leave for Alcatraz.Approaching Alcatraz. Golden Gate Bridge to left.
About to get off the boat at Alcatraz.Alcatraz sign. San Francisco.Alcatraz. Officer's Building.The Cutoff. Alcatraz.Main Corridor at Alcatraz.Prisoner's Cell at Alcatraz.
Isolation at Alcatraz.Wasabi bowl at Pacific Catch. Tofu.My very first pisco sour. Pacific Catch. San Francisco.Little appetizer at Pacific Catch. Yum!Me in San Francsico.
Cauliflower ravioli dish at Flour + Water. San Francisco.Dessert at Flour + Water. San Francisco. The de Young Museum.View from de Young Museum tower. San Francisco.View from de Young Museum tower. San Francisco.

San Francisco, a set on Flickr.

We just returned from a grown-ups only trip to San Francisco. As much as we love travelling with our daughter, it was nice to get away on our own. Momma needs a break sometimes!

The highlights of the trip were a visit to Alcatraz, lunch near Golden Gate Park, and dinner at the very popular Flour + Water. I’ll be writing more about these in the coming days. For now, enjoy a peek at some of our photos from the trip.

Around Town

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An instagram summary of my weekend:

Sea World San Antonio. Azul

Guenther House. San Antonio, TX

Reflection in the river. San Antonio, TX

The river at work. San Antonio, TX

San Antonio, TX. By the river.

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