When you fall in love there's that feeling... you know it... the butterflies, shortness of breath, cold sweats - as I type this I'm thinking that's also how it feels when you're coming down with a stomach bug, I know ... but then once all of that subsides there's this constant elation that occurs on that fall into love.
That's how early Summer '16 felt to me. The month of May began with another trip with Allister, this time to Santa Fe. And then a few weeks later Ben and I took off for a 3 week trip stretching from the border of Mexico (getting to the border was a journey in itself) ending all the way north in Whitefish, MT at the Canadian border.
So here we are, my "best of" part 2.
Best Place for a Gothic Romance
Ben and I started that 3 week road trip taking off in a rental SUV from Dallas and about 8 hours landed in Marfa. The enigmatic darkness of the winding road into Marfa is almost strange. If you arrive at night Marfa appears suddenly, a mirage, muted colors rising out of a sea of black.
Best Place to Start Your Own Personal Walkabout
My first true desert road trip truly came alive here. It's a drive that stretches on and on. We listened to old country love songs and the sound of the silent Chihuahuan Desert along mile after mile of mountainous formations. Not sure what you'll find in Terlingua, TX? Watch the opening scene of the 80's film Paris, Texas and you'll get it. This trip also resulted in my recommendations on how to make it out of the desert terrain alive.
Best Place to Find Your Artsy Side on the Open Road
Santa Fe and Bisbee each exude a quirky arts colony vibe and Madrid is equally adorable and just a short drive from SF. There’s a beatnik bohemian energy brimming. Each location has a historic main street filled with inns, galleries, restaurants and shops that are perfect for connecting to your own inner artist.
Best Place for a National Park Adventure
The winner of this one?! America. Like all of it. Yellowstone was our 6th National Park, and in reality, I couldn't pick just one. We started at Big Bend, planned for White Sands and then after that we were bitten. We made it all the way to Yellowstone by way of the Grand Canyon and Zion within two weeks and finish the trek on week three arriving in Glacier National Park. Buy the yearly pass and do it you guys.
Ben and I ended the month in Montana with friends. Allister joined us again there for another photoshoot and, well you'll have to wait to see those amazing photos when my book comes out this fall.
I'll be back again this weekend with July - September 'best of's' starting with a trip up the Eastern seaboard with my lovely friend Keiko. Hope you guys are enjoying this series and getting some good travel ideas!