Oregon Coast | Travel

Okay, first things first, I realize this is a personal post, but Oregon is too dang beautiful not to share on my main blog. I'm absolutely IN LOVE with Oregon. Like, head-over-heels, you could put me on a plane and fly me there every single day and I would never complain, in love. It's mesmerizing and unlike any place I've ever been before. You can drive from Portland to the mountains in 35 minutes, or if the ocean is more of your calling, you can drive to the coast in about an hour. As a person who's pretty much stuck in the middle of the largest state in the lower 48, that's a dream come true. 

I wouldn't consider myself a beach person. I don't really enjoy sitting out in the hot sun. I'm not a fan of sunburns, which I'm pretty much guaranteed to get at least once or twice a summer. But, I do love the ocean. The sound of the waves, the deep blue color of the water (not the color you see off the coast of much of Texas.. unfortunately), and the feeling you get when being near such a magnificent and powerful creation. All of that leads to my point, I promise. Oregon's coast was my kind of beach. It was chilly.. which is an odd statement coming from this Texan. We went in early June, and the temperature dropped into the mid-50's by the time we left to go back to Portland. But, people set up campfires right along the shore, and watched the sunset over the ocean. It was one of the most beautiful places I've ever been to. The fog rolled in as the sun went down, creating a beautiful scene in the mountains along the ocean. GAH, you guys. I want to go back and explore more of this gorgeous landscape. Half the time I couldn't believe I was actually there! Six days was not nearly long enough. 

Anyway, I will be posting many more photos of our time in Oregon in coming blog posts, but for now, enjoy one of my new happy places, Cannon Beach. Haystack Rock is a prominent feature, and what this stretch of coastline is famous for, but it isn't the only gorgeous thing about it! The first few photos are of the drive from Portland to the Coast, and some closer to the end are of the beautiful underwater habitat that reveals itself as the tide goes out. That was definitely an unexpected, but really awesome surprise! 

B&W images were shot on Kodak Tri-X 400 35mm film. Coast line images were shot on Kodak Portra 400. The rest are digital. 

Dallas, TX | Personal Files

Here's a few photos from our weekend trip to Dallas for a Pentatonix concert. We stayed in downtown Dallas overnight for the first time in both of our lives, which was pretty neat.. minus the TINY parking garage we parked in. Sunday morning we ventured out to the Bishop Arts District in Oak Cliff, where we ate yummy BBQ at Lockhart Smokehouse, wandered around local shops,  had a good conversation with an antique store owner, and ate some delicious pie. After an afternoon of fun, we went to the Pentatonix concert at the Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie. It was a great weekend, and showed us a side of Dallas we hadn't really explored before!

Memphis, TN | Personal Files

Back in December, Curtis, his parents, his grandmother, and I took a trip to Memphis, Tennessee to see the Aggies play in their bowl game. I had never been to Tennessee before, so I was pretty excited, to say the least. The Ags won, we got to explore the great city of Memphis, and we celebrated Curt's MeeMee's birthday with some Krispy Kreme donuts, oh, and we had some tasty barbecue! Our trip was a short one, but it was lots of fun. Curtis and I agree, we'll have to head back to Memphis and to see the rest of Tennessee soon. 

Texas | Personal Files

Below is the start of a collection. 

I've had the idea of creating a book of photographs of Texas, for myself mainly, for quite awhile now.  I moved to the Brazos Valley in 2010, and to be honest, I haven't really explored it too much. The majority of my time spent here has been full of studying for exams and worrying about what I'm going to write in a research paper. But, life has slowed down a tiny bit lately, and I've been wanting to take a long drive just to give myself the chance to stop wherever I would like along the way to take photos of this and that. It's quite a peaceful thing to do. Texas back roads are what this kind of photography was made for; there are SO many things to see. 

In these photos, I drove a 35 mile stretch from my house to Washington-on-the-Brazos to Navasota in about two and a half hours. I saw a small area of Texas that I probably would have never even thought to see before this. Washington-on-the-Brazos is in Washington, Texas; it is now a state park and is where Texas signed it's declaration of independence from Mexico in 1836, becoming the Republic of Texas. I may have known that back in 7th grade in Texas History, but I had forgotten and was quite surprised to stumble upon it when deciding to turn into the state park on a whim. 

I was planning on heading to Brenham after visiting Washington, but the sun was starting to set and I didn't really want to drive back home in the dark, so I turned right instead of left and headed to Navasota. It's not necessarily the most interesting town there ever was, but it's filled with historic buildings and beautiful architecture that I've come to appreciate when visiting older Texas towns.  Navasota played a large role for the Confederate army during the Civil War as a shipping and marketing town. 

I'll be posting these posts as often as I can. I plan on heading to Anderson, Brenham, and Round Top, Texas next! Happy adventures my friends.