Wanderlust Aspen

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On my walk this morning I stopped by a park and started swinging. A little fair-skinned blonde girl sat next to me and told me her name was Charlotte (my mom's, my grandma's and several of my cousins' name). She was also wearing a yellow dress, which is my favorite color. It was fate. Lately I've been trying to fulfill these childlike urges, because they are just fun and why the heck not? Swinging rocks! That's what it felt like to be at Wanderlust Aspen two weeks ago. A big playground for thousands of adults to get in touch with their inner child. "Grown ups" rolling around in the grass, drinking chocolate coconut milk in the sun, learning how to crawl like animals, dancing in a Bollywood flash mob, and many other activities that you would probably not see on a daily basis. My boyfriend joined me at the festival and together we make the ultimate toddler team. Two rather tall people acting like five year olds together. And I wouldn't have it any other way. Play time. 

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Me and Myles on the acro playground
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Movement Artistry with the lovely Megan Stockman!

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Tie dye and crazy makeup!

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 Not to mention the gorgeous scenery of mountains, trees, and blue skies! The stage for the spectacular had the most spectacular view :) a backdrop of mountains and a slightly stormy sky gave a beautiful setting for the show. Another performance to remember. A special one for me as many of my phoenician friends were at the festival and my boyfriend smiling brightly in the audience.  He greeted me side stage after the bow with huge grin and a giant hug. Go team! 

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Shakti Sunfire (Photo by Beau Campbell)

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Megan looking fierce with the lightball

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(Photos by Ali Kaukas)

A fabulous festival followed by three days of road tripping! So many beautiful places in this world to see. We started the drive on Sunday and definitely made the most of our time. Leaving "colorful Colorado" to check out Utah-a state I had never ventured to before. I was shocked my the enormous red rocks and deep canyons only comparable to those of Sedona and the Grand Canyon.  Our first stop was Arches National Park. We took a scenic drive, stopped for a hike, took some pictures, and headed to the next spot.

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We made it to Canyonlands National Park just in time for sunset. The rocks looked ablaze and the sky was twelve shades of pink and orange. 

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 Spent the night in Moab, got up bright and early ready for another day of sights and hiking. On the road for four hours to get to the location that was on the top of the list- Antelope Canyon. Goodbye Utah, hello Arizona. It was a bit hard to see the canyon from the road and I was happy we had a tour guide as we were climbing down a ladder into a slit canyon in the desert. Truly one of the most incredible places I have ever seen. Such unique curves in the rock, smooth lines guiding you around corners, and light leaking in casting different colors of orange, red and pink on the stone. The tour guide was amazing, taking photos for each family and informing us about the history of the canyon. Only downfall was his facts about the flash floods that occur and the different snakes we might run into along our path. I was happy to stay at the back of the line as he scared them off with different bird calls. 

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From Antelope to the Grand Canyon. Myles first trip and my second. Another deep canyon at sunset made the perfect closer to the day. 

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About to venture on for another four hour drive to Phoenix, two tired travelers decided to shack up in Flagstaff and get some rest. The next morning, we decided to have another adventure and find a forest hike. A little change of scenery from the open desert and red rock. Always finding time for a photo shoot :) Coconino National Forest

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Finishing off with a drive through Sedona and making it home to the kitties and a homemade dinner. 

Truly breathtaking. What a great way to put life into perspective.

"Nature always wears the colors of the spirit." - Ralph Waldo Emerson