Petrified Forest National Park!

Hello there! It's Liana, and I'm stoked to be sharing some images taken at Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona! On my drive home from the canyon, I knew I had to stop and cross the last National Park in AZ off my list. Petrified Forest is the perfect drive-through park! From the Rainbow Forest Museum and Visitor Center to the Painted Desert Visitor Center lies 26 miles of gorgeous landscapes, and plenty of places to stop along the way! I wish I would have had more time to actually hike some of the paved paths, but I know that I will be back to do so at some point in my life! 

Just to give a little history of the park, it was established in 1906 to protect one of the world's largest and most colorful deposits of petrified wood. The fossil record contained in this geologic layer gives a closer look at the late Triassic Period. This color sediment, also known as the Painted Desert, spans the 28-mile journey through the park. --- Just a heads up, this was printed on my stickers I purchased at the park; not trying to get in trouble for plagiarizing! Check out the photos below! :) 

Saguaro National Park!

Good evening friends! Liana here, continuing my blogging about my travels to Tucson a couple of weeeks ago! Today's post is about my adventure in Saguaro National Park, which is actually divided by the city of Tucson. Mindy, Chelsea and I visited the east side of the park, which is the one they live closest too! Fun fact, Mindy's mom (basically my second mom!) married her husband in the park! Can you say goals?! 

Anyway, entrance into the park is cheaper than most, with a car being $15, and each individual person is only $5! We started off by walking along the 8-mile loop drive in the park. After about 2 miles, we turned back around and hopped in the car to hit our destination for sunset! We decided to drive to Douglas Spring Trailhead, which has a lot of great trails running from it. Sunset was coming fast, so we didn't hike too far on the trail, but we did get some amazing photos, and Mindy and Chelsea found a new hiking path! Check out all the fun photos below! :)

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A Big Move!

Hello everyone! It's Liana, checking in with a short, sweet, and to-the-point blog post. Many of you who read the blog, follow our page, and like our posts on Instagram, are good friends or family and have seen this announcement. However, for those of you who don't know, or aren't my friend on facebook, here we go! (well, after a little bit of backstory!)

Back at the beginning of November, I was looking for something new. This year has been rough, especially career wise (not talking about K&L Photography!). I work several jobs to make ends meet, and I wasn't feeling very challenged/fulfilled with them. As many of you know, I love to travel, and the National Parks hold a special place in my heart. I regularly check Xanterra's website (a hospitality company that operates out of several national parks) for anything that I may be qualified for. Well, a posting from October was up for the Grand Canyon, a retail associate (full time, with benefits). I thought, "Well, what the hell. Let's go ahead and apply and see what happens." So I went ahead and applied! A week later, I received an email for a phone interview. After that interview, I waited a week to hear back. The Monday before Thanksgiving, I received the job offer! Of course, I weighed this for a while, and spoke to Katie about it before moving forward with the acceptance email. 

All in all, what does this mean? This means that in January, I will be moving to The Grand Canyon for six months! Why only six months you ask? Well, because I have a lot of family and friends back here, and of course my lovely puppies! I can't leave them for too long. I decided that six months was the perfect amount of time to decide if this is something that I would consider doing full-time. I'm very excited to start this adventure, and you can bet there will be a lot of posts involving my travels! Don't worry though, this is not going to take away from the business. Katie and I will still be running the business, blogging every week, and taking photo sessions! Please wish me well with this new adventure!

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Happy 101st Birthday, NPS!

Hey guys! Liana here tonight, and I'm thrilled to share these photos with you! Last year, I decided to go on vacation and visit a few of the national parks in honor of their 100th birthday! I visited Rocky Mountain National Park, Yellowstone, and Glacier National Park! It was a whirlwind of a vacation, with each day starting early and ending late, but it was definitely worth it! Being reconnected with nature, not having cell service (so thankful for that!), it was a truly great feeling. I can't wait to visit more in the following years!

The first park we visited was Rocky Mountain, which was stunning! I loved hiking the trails, seeing the mountains, and of course all the wildlife! While in Colorado, a stop was made at the famous (infamous?) Stanley Hotel for breakfast. SO. WORTH. IT. It was awesome to visit this iconic hotel and have one of the best breakfasts I've ever had. 

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The next destination was Yellowstone, which is massive. I wish I had more time to spend there, so I could truly hike it! It's a great place, and the first place where I ever successfully set up a tent and camped! (It was a big deal, still is honestly lol) I loved being that much closer to nature, and the plus side is I never once saw any dangerous wildlife! Well, unless you count buffalo/bison, but that's only if you get too close to them. It was an amazing stop on the road trip, and I will definitely return!

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The last stop on the tour was Glacier National Park, which sits just below Canada. This small but expansive park doesn't have too many roads, but there are plenty of trails to take! It's a gorgeous location, with the clearest water I've ever seen. This was by far my favorite park, and one that I can't wait to get back to. The mountains, the glaciers, the lakes, everything about it was absolutely perfect. 

I hope you all enjoyed visiting this blog tonight! I encourage everyone to get out and explore the parks. There's a park for everyone, you just have to find it first! :)