A Vagabond Experiment

Santa Monica Beach

Hi guys,

Taking a break from New Zealand photos (but I have so many more!) and wanted to share a bit about what life looks like right now.

For now, I am traveling around on the West Coast working on design projects, searching out art inspiration, and soaking up the atmosphere of a part of the country that I love so. much. In December, my husband and I packed all our things away in a storage locker in Minnesota so we could hit the road and live life wherever we found the opportunity.

Right now, we are in sunny California! Last week was spent in Los Angeles, enjoying places like Santa Monica pier…

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Santa Monica Pier

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…and Venice…

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Where I especially loved the afternoon light and ducks floating around at home on the canals…

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And we stopped by Chris Burden’s famous Urban Light art installation outside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art…

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I posted some of my favorite pieces of art from the LACMA over on instagram and saved them into a story highlight if you are interested!

For now, I’ll be spending a couple of weeks in Paso Robles, California surrounded by countryside and vineyards before we move on to Morro Bay to take in the sight and smell of the ocean (my favorite).

Hoping to share more photos and videos along our way!

xoxo,

Kate

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Through the Fiordlands to Milford Sound

In November, my then fiancé and I headed off to New Zealand to get married. It was one of the best trips I’ve taken and I am so thankful we had the opportunity! New Zealand was stunning and I loved every bit of it, but I took so-o-o many photos and so-o-o much footage that it has been taking me awhile to sort through everything. I don’t mind though – going through it reminds me of all the fun memories. : )

So! I wanted to start off with some photos from Milford Sound which we saw on our first day in NZ. I hear it is beautiful in the frequent foggy weather, but it was also amazing on the sunny day we visited…

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To get to Milford Sound, you travel through the Fiordlands on the South Island. We stayed in Queenstown (where we were about to get married!) and made the four hour drive (on the left side of the road!) through beautiful landscapes…

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Once you reach Milford Sound, there are several great tour boat companies to take you around to explore the fjord. My favorite things to see were the waterfalls…

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After our afternoon exploring the Fiordlands, we headed back to Queenstown and enjoyed the sunset as we drove along.

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I loved Milford Sound and New Zealand!

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Grand Canyon Weekends

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One of the perks of traveling to Arizona for work so often for a couple years? Grand Canyon weekend trips!

I would drive from Phoenix to Flagstaff, and from Flagstaff to the South Rim of Grand Canyon….

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There’s easy walking and hiking along the rim, with the expansive views of the Canyon around you. I like to go a little later around noon to miss the morning rush and watch the sunset.

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As the sun goes down, the canyon sinks into shadows a piece at at time over the ridges….

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It’s the kind of place I keep wanting to visit again and again.

The National Park Service maintains a great resource for planning your Grand Canyon weekend here: Plan Your Visit.

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Capri, Italy

The Island of Capri is a ferry ride away from the seaside town of Sorrento on the Southern side of Italy where we stayed. We headed to the island bright and early on Monday with the sun just starting to warm the waters…

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We took a boat tour around the island and into the Blue Grotto, or Grotta Azzurra, a cave that shines bright blue due to the way the sunlight refracts up and through the water:

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After seeing the island from around the edges, we headed up to the highest point via chair lift… my favorite part of the day!

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As you float up, you can take in views of the whole of Capri, the Bay of Naples with Mt. Vesuvius in the distance, and the bright sparkling Mediterranean water…

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From the top of Mt. Solaro, we hiked a meandering path all the way back down to the harbor. It took a few hours longer than we expected (bring lots of water if you give this a try), but the views were amazing the whole time.

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See more from our trip to the Amalfi Coast in this post about Positano.

If you are in the Naples area and have time for an extra day trip, Capri is a beautiful stop. 🙂

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I think Capri, Italy is one of my favorite day trips in the Mediterranean!

xo

Kate

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Positano, Italy

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Positano, Italy is full of breathtaking views, Mediterranean sea breezes, and stairs. Lots and lots of stairs.

The bus that rides along the Amalfi coast can drops you off along the main road near the top of the town. Here you can see some amazing views from the high vantage point:

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I walked down and down and down on my way to grab lunch by the beach….

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And then enjoyed the beach all afternoon…

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Beach in Positano, Italy

Before beginning the walk back up stairs and street stairs and alley stairs all the way to the bus.

Worth it. 🙂

 

 

You can read all posts about Italy here.

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Café du Monde

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See photos from my New Orleans trip in 1990 here.

Café du Monde in the French quarter of New Orleans, open 24/7…

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I went at night, for some beignets and café au lait…

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And took a beignet for the road!

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You guys, just by looking at these pictures… I’m already starting to crave another beignet!

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Gulf Coast 2k13

I like to make pictures with film. But… I always take a while getting the film developed. And when I do bring it in? It’s full of surprise, long-forgotten photos.

So now it’s December, and I love the cold. But these fresh prints have me thinking about the warmth of the beach…

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…with water at the perfect temperature…

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…and kiteflying, because the wind was just right.

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Hope you’re enjoying a cozy winter and dreaming of warm summer days.

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Has anyone ever heard of a ‘moon pie’ ??

The actual moon:

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The moon pie:

They’re both round. Only one is edible.

Moon pies are a big deal in Bell Buckle, Tennessee — home of the yearly RC Cola & Moon Pie Festival.

This very, very, very small town is also home to the Bell Buckle Cafe:
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Bell Buckle Cafe

Bell Buckle Cafe has an eclectic menu, which features some moon pie-infused specialties. The place is a lunar legend.

Rock on, moon gazers and moon pie lovers.

 

 

photos by pam hollingsworth

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Cape

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Headed down to the cape in Florida.

Savored some sunsets…

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Enjoyed the coast…

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Bought a new pink hat…
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…and introduced Ella to the beach:

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She loved the cool sand and the wind in her face  –  especially the wind! Ella is now officially a beach pup. : )

photos by pam hollingsworth

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Washington, DC

Washington DC

Until last year, I had never been to the US capital. It was a place I’d always wanted to visit, but somehow never had the chance.

And now that I’ve seen it, I know that I love it. The people, the bustle, the food, the museums, the news crews – this city has a lot of excitement packed in.

There’s lots of marble everywhere…

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And neoclassical architecture…

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There are the famous monuments visible in the heart of the city…

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Downtown, the area is filled with tourists, souvenirs, activists, and food:

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I had a great time in DC! Have you been? What’s your favorite memory about a trip to the capital? : )

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