kingscanyonNP

Last week I took off on a little get-away to the west coast! My first stop was San Diego, to take part in a friend’s BEAUTIFUL wedding. After a weekend spent on the beach, catching up with friends, and celebrating a marriage, I headed  north into the Sierra Mountains. I met up with our good friend Abby, for several days of hiking, tromping around mountain streams, and sleeping under the stars. We visited three national parks – Kings Canyon National Park, Sequoia National Park, and we spent four days backpacking in Yosemite. It was fantastic. All of it. So beautiful. We felt really tiny walking among the 2500+ year old giant sequoia trees, and we couldn’t get enough of the view down into Yosemite Valley from the top of El Capitan. I’ve never seen so many stars in a night sky as I did from our backcountry campsites, and we wore blisters on our feet carrying our 40 pound packs up and down switchbacks over miles and miles.

But, it was so worth it.

I get asked all the time, “what inspires you?” and “where do you get your ideas?” Those are really big questions, and there are many answers, but I can say without a doubt that it’s in places like this, far away from the busy nature of our daily lives, deep in the heart of a beautiful place, that I feel most relaxed and come away feeling completely re-charged. I guess you could say that I like solitude. I did my best to soak it all in, so that I can draw from it later.

Here are a few things we saw…and, don’t be surprised if some of this shows up in my work sometime down the road!

indian rock

sequoias

halfdome

afterlight

afterlight-2

snowcreek

pinecone

yosemitetent

indian rock

giants

halfdome3

pacificsunset

What inspires YOU? Where do you like to go, and what kinds of things help you find that feeling of being full and re-charged?

P.S.

To Abby…Thanks for being the best adventure-seeking-star-gazing-not-afraid-of-heights-joke-cracking-tent-sharing-fun-to-be-with friend I could ever ask for. And, thanks for always having band-aids. I don’t know why I never pack them. Where should I meet you next? Alaska? I can’t wait!

To Mei Ling and Rick…Thanks for asking me to be a part of your wedding weekend. Everything was beautiful, and what a FUN time! Prayers for lots of happiness, and a lifetime together! Love you guys!

♥♥ Carrie