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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.

My 7 Super Travel Shots

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Today, I’m participating in Hostelbooker’s 7 Super Shots game. Here’s how it works: I was tagged by Wandering Educators (thank you!), and now I get the chance to share my seven favorite travel photos for each of the pre-determined categories. Then, I have the opportunity to tag five other bloggers who I think will have some spectacular travel photos to share.

Let’s take a walk down memory lane:

A Photo That Takes My Breath Away:

Hyatt Regency--Maui. Spa

When we went to Maui a couple years ago, I took a little time to myself and went to the spa for a pedicure. The view was incredible from the open-air relaxation room at the Hyatt Regency.

A Photo That Makes Me Dream:

Open Road, West Texas

I love the idea of road trips. I mean, I love the road trips themselves, but it’s the idea of them that really inspires me. This photo was taken in West Texas, on a very lonely road. Many parts of West Texas are so untravelled that you can drive for many miles without seeing another car. Something about all that open space really fascinates me, and I love the memories this photo brings back.

A Photo That Makes Me Think:

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington

My daughter and niece were very respectful as we watched the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery. I think they understood that this was a time and place for quiet voices, and I was really proud of them. Because my daughter is a military brat, we’ve had to explain some concepts to her that other kids her age might not be familiar with. We’ve talked about deployment, terrorism, and the people who want to cause others harm. We’ve even talked about death a little, mostly in the context of family members who have passed away. It can be challenging to find a balance between honesty and protection; I hope we’re doing things right.

A Photo That Makes Me Smile:

Two girls at in the Smokies. TN.

We’re fortunate to be able to go on the occasional girls getaway with other mom/daughter friends. Last summer, my daughter and I went to Great Smoky Mountain National Park with our good friends from Ohio. I love this photo of the girls laughing, probably at the expense of their mothers.

A Photo That Makes My Mouth Water:

Ubuntu restaurant. Napa, CA

The vegetarian restaurant Ubuntu in Napa features some very unusual dishes. This beautiful salad, complete with edible flowers, was as delicious as it was beatuiful.

A Photo That Tells a Story:


See those people on the lift in front of me? Those were my friends and I should have been on the lift with them. But somehow I totally messed things up when I was trying to get on the lift, and I ended up on a four-person lift all by myself. Nothing screams “beginner” like the chick in the rented helmet who can’t properly board the lift. Oops.

A Photo I’m Proud of:

Bright (A flower at the SA Botanical Garden)

I love this photo of a vibrant flower at the San Antonio Botanical Garden.

I can’t wait to see seven travel photos from these fantastic bloggers:

Go Explore Nature
Family and Life in Las Vegas
Oh Mah Deehness!
I Backpack Canada

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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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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