Our Thanksgiving Adventures In Moab, Utah and Western Colorado

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Our Thanksgiving Adventures In Moab

For those of you who don’t know, this holiday season has been a bit rough on us. In between all of the photography-related stuff we’ve been working on, we’ve been thrown some unfortunate curveballs. After a couple weeks away from home for weddings and workshops, I flew back home to Colorado on November 16th. To celebrate the closing of a hectic fall season, Ed and I had plans to drive to Badlands National Park early the next morning and enjoy some time out in nature. But our plans were cut short when our car was hit out in the countryside of Wyoming, just as we were about halfway to our destination. The trunk was filled to the brim with camping gear and our pups were hanging out in the back seat. One moment we’re making a right turn, and the next we’re being pushed off of the road by the car behind us.

Let’s just say we were a lot luckier than our car was. This car, which we had just bought back in March, was totaled. Our adventure-mobile. The car that had been with us on over 25,000 miles worth of adventures just this year. Gone. We watched as our favorite little vehicle was towed away, the backside mostly destroyed, except for the National Park stickers that littered the space below the back window.

We were shaken up, I won’t lie. We somehow got home that night, thanks to some amazing people that helped us when we had nowhere else to turn (let’s just say insurance said they couldn’t get a rental car to us until one or two days later, and we were stranded by the side of the road in the middle of nowhere in 8 degree snowy Wyoming weather). After that, though, the thought of being in a car sounded terrifying. The whole ride from Wyoming to Colorado in the back of Ed’s uncle’s truck, I was sitting there, heart racing, wondering if something would happen. It was a long day and I tried getting some sleep in the back seat, but with every turn we took, my fear shook me awake.

We’d had plans to go to Moab, Utah for Thanksgiving, but with every passing moment, Ed and I realized that this wouldn’t be possible…until it hit me. This was Thanksgiving. And we were ALIVE. We were so lucky that we didn’t look as bad as our car did, and rather than viewing at this situation as a negative, we should have been using this as an example of why it’s so important to always keep pushing and adventuring and doing what fuels your soul. And for us, that involved getting outside. So we talked about it and decided that we wouldn’t allow this situation to ruin our Utah plans. We would find a way to make it out into the high desert.

And we did. And boy did we have the most incredible time. We feasted our eyes on some of the coolest views we’d ever witnessed. We hiked up to some of the craziest overlooks. We danced under the desert moon. We watched the sun rise. And we watched it set. Our boots collected so much sand and red dirt that they basically changed colors. Sure, we drove like snails the whole way out there, peering over our shoulder countless times before every lane change and turn. But we made it out there to our destination, and that’s all that really mattered. Deep down, we knew nothing was more fulfilling to us than chasing adventure, and no accident was going to get in the way of us doing just that. So in honor of facing our fears and not letting them dominate us, I’ve shared some of the photos from our Moab trip. Despite all of the madness of the past month, all I see when I look at these photos is joy. We found our way to the place where we truly needed to be: out in the wild.

couple sitting on the edge of a canyon cliff with their two dogs
couple standing on the edge of a canyon cliff with their two dogs
giant canyon in western Colorado
running down a dirt road in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado
empty dirt road stretching out to the horizon in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado
vast canyons in the high desert of Moab Utah
people sitting on the edge of a cliff in the high desert of Moab Utah
couple kissing at sunset in Moab Utah
couple wrapped up in a Pendleton blanket in the desert of Moab Utah
engagement photo of a couple in the desert of Moab Utah during dusk
night time adventurous engagement photos of a couple in Moab Utah with a full moon
full sky of stars in the red desert of Moab Utah
couple kissing at sunrise in Moab Utah
Moab Utah desert at sunrise in the fall
engaged couple adventuring through the desert of Moab Utah
engaged couple kissing on the edge of a cliff at sunset in Moab Utah
engaged couple admiring sunset at the edge of a cliff with their two dogs by their side
sunset over the Colorado River in the desert of Moab Utah
sunset over the Colorado River in the desert of Moab Utah
sunset over the Colorado River in the desert of Moab Utah
sunset over the Colorado River in the desert of Moab Utah
sunset over the Colorado River in the desert of Moab Utah
sunset over the Colorado River in the desert of Moab Utah
sunset over the Colorado River in the desert of Moab Utah
sunset over the Colorado River in the desert of Moab Utah
sunset over the Colorado River in the desert of Moab Utah
sunset over the Colorado River in the desert of Moab Utah
sunset over the Colorado River in the desert of Moab Utah

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Sure, we pride ourselves in taking killer photos of killer people in killer places, but we’re firm believers that your adventure wedding photographer should be so much more than that. They should be a resource and guide to you during the whole adventure elopement planning process. So if that sounds like your vibe, we’d love to chat with you about your dream adventure elopement.

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