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Black Hills: Osprey Trail

We happily took advantage of the 50 degree days we were having in late October to explore around Lake Pactola. There’s something about Lake Pactola in the Black Hills that is so magical. We hiked Osprey Trail for the first time. An easy, flat trail that led us around a couple of loops toward the back of the lake – a view that can’t be seen from the highway that flies over the lake. At the end of the trail, the shoreline gently recedes into the water, making it a perfect,View full post »

My Wedding: Engagement Photos

I had so much fun spending time with my guy during this shoot by Jessica Simons Photography. We chose to do our engagement photos at the Stratobowl – a trail close to Rapid City with beautiful views of the Black Hills. We also got lucky enough to have near 80-degree weather in the middle of October. I also had so much fun being on the other side of the camera. It boosts my confidence in shooting knowing what’s like being the subject of the shoot.View full post »

Black Hills: Custer State Park

Drove through Custer State Park last summer and met some funny, furry burros. I took as many photos as I could as we inched past. Because burros.View full post »

Black Hills: Rockerville

Also, as I lay there thinking of my vision, I could see it all again and feel the meaning with a part of me like a strange power glowing in my body; but when the part of me that talks would try to make words for the meaning, it would be like fog and get away from me. –Black ElkView full post »

The Proposal

I had no idea it was coming. I had no idea he had even bought a ring or was looking at them. We had talked about getting married and rings, but he was about to pay off a loan so I figured there was no hope anytime soon for me getting a ring. I was wrong :] It was Saturday and a beautiful day. Sun and clouds, big blue skies, 75 degree weather. Let me remind you that this is March weather we are talking about. I got a sunburn and wore a tank top. That morning we had looked at a house for Marc toView full post »

Black Hills: Needles Highway

We woke up at the crack of dawn. We packed our packs – sandwiches and Cliff bars. We drove south and up the winding, twisting, cliff-hugging road. We got out of the car. And I immediately regretted my clothing choice for the day. Dammit, I thought. Looking around, families were intelligently dressed in sweatpants and sweatshirts. The cold wind blew, and I had goose bumps up and down my arms. We started hiking. And then we turned around. We weren’t going to climb Harney Peak thatView full post »

Black Hills: Spring Creek Loop Trail

Memorial Day Weekend was filled with four-wheeling for the first time, camping, stargazing, campfires, exploring Centennial Trail, a drink or two in Deadwood, fancy prime rib dinners, and date night downtown Rapid City.View full post »

Black Hills: Spearfish Fish Hatchery

Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting. -Ralph Waldo Emerson Spring travels at the Spearfish Fish Hatchery and a stop at the Mountain Grand in Deadwood. Beautiful places, despite the gray and gloomy skies and misty rain.View full post »

Black Hills: Keystone

For any non-natives to South Dakota, Keystone is the tourist town located near Mt. Rushmore. It began as a mining town back in 1883 and has managed to stay alive all these years. It is one of my favorite towns in the whole wide world. Steep rock walls, chocolate shops, open patio bar and grilles, motorcycles, and thick pine trees line main street. It’s like walking into a storybook – such a rich history. The weather is warming up and I can’t wait to pull up a seat andView full post »