travel

road trip to seattle!

labor day weekend took us to seattle to visit tyler’s brother’s family. well, actually a crappy rental car took us there, but you know.¬†IMG_5355

we had the best time! the weather was beautiful and, daresay, hot?? seattle?? it didn’t rain once. anyway, once we got there the festivities began almost immediately. ryan and annie were the best hosts. we hit all the spots! we kayaked on lake union, hit up downtown, gum wall, pike place, bainbridge island, and we ate all the food. it was great.

also, labor day weekend seattle was crowded, and i don’t know if you can see the disdain in tyler’s eyes for the quantity of people, but i can. and it makes me laugh every time i see this photo.

did i mention the best part of seattle? getting to hang out with our cute two year old niece. she is hilarious and has some serious pipes. she and tyler were fast friends.

after church sunday we went on a hike just outside of seattle…. with about every other visitor in the state! it was a beautiful hike, but having to pass through the hordes kind of took away from the beauty. oh well at least we were able to crop out all the people for the pics… ish.

and another great part about vacation? just relaxing outside. we took our relaxation to the next level if you can’t tell by that first pic. tyler’s bedhead is pretty notorious, but honestly rosie might give him a run for his money.

and the our last day ūüė¶ we had breakfast at portage bay cafe, which was so good. i mean, look at the way tyler is eyeing my pancakes while he eats his assorted vegetables. the best part about that place? the fruit bar! dream come true for me.

and then just as quickly as we had come (not quickly… it took twelve hours from utah blah) it was time to drive home. the drive was pretty awful, thanks to the entire northwest being on fire, but tyler is a trooper and a good driver.

we had such a good time, and it was great to see my husband for five whole days!

see you next time, seattle!

june 2017

IMG_4604june was busy! my cousin was coming home from a mission and my parents were planning a trip that coincided with my work vacation, so i invited myself and it was the best idea! we went to moab, glendale springs and hanging lake, and then on to aspen, breckenridge, and finally denver, where tyler met up with us. it was the best trip!!! colorado is so beautiful.

these were taken at the maroon bells in aspen. so beautiful! and we only got lost once…

hanging lake and more maroon bells.

pretty colorado scenes, a bike ride through breck, and the continental divide.

a hike to high mountain lakes with snow! and a trillion people.

i made us wear matching colorado shirts. it was everything! and welcome home, chandler!

the rest of june was great. we did some hiking in our own backyard, went to the strawberry days rodeo with friends and our favorite 2 year old, ate nachos outside, and had way too much fun with snapachat i guess.

lindsay and i also went up to albion basin to see the wildflowers…. only if you can’t tell, we went too early. ha! it was pretty nonetheless.

and! the most important part of the month, tyler and i went to see dead and company in concert. tyler’s grateful dead loving heart has never been happier. it was a great show, i just wish i had had worn more tie dye…

 

 

 

 

june 2017: mexico

when i married tyler i also married baja california off road races.

in all the months of our togetherness, i have learned more than i ever thought possible about trophy trucks. so, in order to be a kimball for real i had to be christened in the ways of the baja 500, an off road race around ensenada, mexico.

it was a cultural experience, for sure. please enjoy my outfit in the last photo, everyone was impressed with my BFG sweatshirt, i definitely played the part of bad ass pit girl… or something. maybe the lululemon leggings proved otherwise.

before the race started on saturday, we had a day to kill while our team’s truck was getting ready. we spent our time going to town to see contingency (mostly all the competing trucks parading through town while mexican children run amok, chiding drivers for “estickers! estickers!) riding motorcycles, and eating tacos. so many delicious tacos.

i’d never been to mexico, so driving across the border (and getting kicked out and having to try again at another border crossing, lol) was fun.

and tyler was 100% happy all weekend doing his thing, wearing his race shirts, chasing the trophy truck in a raptor, and using a radio. i was happy for most of it… until half way through the race when i was in the chase vehicle for nearly 24 hours and got verrrry carsick on a long, windy, bumpy back road. i am too weak for this type of excursion)

we had a great little trip to mexico, though! and now i see what all the fuss is about. … but i think next time i will enjoy the race from the comfort of my couch OR mexican beach resort via text updates from my husband thanks very much!

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march 2017

what a month.

our first full month of being married! our first time celebrating our two-days-apart-birthdays, a trip to southern utah, a visit from family, a wedding open house, and some good weather. all around a good month!

once the weather started getting a little warmer, we decided to commence camping season, or as i like to put it, “camfire hair season”. we opted for a trip to goblin valley to do some slot canyon hiking for a couple days. i had never canyon hiked before, and it was a really great experience… beside some super scary descents i would have never been able to do without some spotting from tyler. we camped on the side of the road and i got to use my FUD (female urination device… yep, google it) for the first time since tyler got it for me for christmas. guys. can i just say that peeing standing up is super weird? another highlight of our trip? campfire nachos!¬†honestly the best decision after a seven mile hike! it was a great trip. i can’t wait to get out and explore more of southern utah this summer.

and then the rest of everything else! some of the highlights were tyler starting a new job (see his excited selfie face a few rows down) as an electrician’s apprentice, the cherry blossoms at the capitol and just generally spring FINALLY coming, oh, and there’s a rare image of me in makeup with hair done. also here’s a few snapchat pics for good measure. in march we were OBSESSED with the OJ simpson trial series, hence the creepy tyler/oj mash up. (sorry for the pending nightmares.) we also ate a lot of good food dates… ie nielsen’s frozen custard and from scratch. their risotto cake is sooooo gooooooood.

oh, and you can’t forget our birthdays! since tyler and i are two days apart on the birthday front, we had a week of celebration (just kidding i totally worked on his birthday… real adult life womp womp). we went out for sushi for tyler’s 29th, and biked to greek food for mine… followed up with double fisting halo top ice cream, because we were pretty obsessed with it all spring.

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march was a huge month of change, in a multitude of ways, but mostly because i drove thousands of miles across the country to my new home in utah, with¬†my dear hailey clements at my side. hailey, you’re a true pal. in all honestly, the trip was a blur. driving all day, stopping over in a tiny, usually laughably pathetic cheap hotel at night, and then doing it all again the next day. don’t get me wrong, the trip was great and the company was even better, but man… i was excited to get out of that tiny hyundai accent after at least forty hours clocked inside. did i mention it didn’t have cruise control? LOL

we stopped over in philadelphia, cleveland, chicago, and cheyenne. it was a blurry blast.

i wrote captions under each photo if you were like, “what the hell is this a photo of and what is its significance.”

in other news, HEY UTAH, you and me are gonna be friends… or at least cordial roommates.

 

 

 

 

oh wait- i went to LA

so before the impending radio silence that comes with school starting, i give you one final trip of the summer.

los angeles!

one of my good friends from the byu days is now a super cool photo assistant (almost main personal assistant! boss lady!) for a photographer in LA, and i guess as she now knows, and so all of you for the future living in cool places know, when you tell me to “come visit anytime!” i take you up on your offers. (also a hat tip to allegiant for having 40$ fares to LA from boise- i mean, you never know if you’re actually going to make it with that airline, but hey, when it goes off without a hitch, you forget about all the horror stories!)¬†

i arrived on a thursday, and in true good hostess brooke fashion, we had a full weekend of things planned. she had made lists and agendas and schedules with variations, heavy on the vegan restaurants and NOT VEGAN dessert places (she knows me). she also chartered me a ride from the airport by one of her friends who works from home, and she conned him into hanging out with me for hours while she was on a shoot. bless them all, really.

so we toured around and saw the cool parts of the city; the tar pits and the iconic lamp posts (pictured here) at the LACMA, hollywood, beverly hills, etc. we also went to the hollywood bowl for a really amazing concert by the LA philharmonic (right??) where there wasn’t a bad seat in the house, and i was in heaven eating my takeout pad thai under the stars, enjoying everything from bach to bluegrass. (no i didn’t think that up, that was the name of the show. it was a little heavy on the bach and lacking in the bluegrass though, IMO. more¬†banjos! more mandolins!).

also that ice cream? salt and straw creamery; they are based out of portland, but they have a few locations in LA now and it was wonderful. they have quirky flavors, like this avocado and strawberry. it was so good.  

i don’t care where it is, if there are palm trees, i am way into it.

the venice canals. in previous LA trips, i’ve only ever gone to the venice beach boardwalk, which is kind of filthy and mostly just medical marajuana shops, so going inland to the neighborhood to see the canals was so juxtaposed! new life goals include a house off dell ave!

LA is just so…. LA. this is us on hollywood blvd eating froyo that is actually pressed juice masquerading as¬†froyo? it is some weird health-crazed¬†inception. some of it tasted like the aftertaste of vomit, but you do that kind of stuff because healthy and trendy. also, we ate it next to a soulcycle studio where there was a dog outside drinking out of a five dollar water bottle. also, a sign above our heads warned us that sitting on the bench meant we could be filmed without consent for a new series called, “sweat in the city”. have i checked off all the LA stereotypes yet??

so¬†i had the bright idea of hiking up the hollywood sign, because HELLO hiking. i brought a heat wave to the city, so we did this hike in 104 degree weather, so if you were wondering why we are holding our water bottles like they’re academy awards, well it is because we managed to forget water, and the park rangers saved us with these free water bottles. bless you.

behind the LA sign! guys it is pretty up there, but a million degrees and hello smog city.

brunch at TOAST. even if the food ended up just being a bit “meh”, i’m a sucker for a good stuffed bananas foster french toast. and crispy potatoes.

hi hollywood, again. 

a few more photos from the venice beach boardwalk, contemplating getting a medical marijuana consultation or some undies that say “brian’s b*tch” … hehhhhh

oh! left lower- that line we are standing in? upright citizens’ brigade. for those not familiar, this is a comedy show with a troupe of hilarious people, some you might know if you’re into the likes of amy poehler. no, she wasn’t there the night we went, but the guy from baby mama who plays the husband in the gay couple who cries and says, “it’s just gonna be me and two fatties!!” definitely was, and he was hilarious. and if you’re wondering about that obscure reference, well, i do not apologize. the show was hilarious. improv forever!

we went to the getty villa, which is a fancy house museum on a hill. it was pretty and i was obsessed with the pictured floor, mosaic, architecture, and groping. i mean, hey when the sign says PLEASE TOUCH and there are exposed breasts, i mean what are we supposed to do? 

mo getty, mo groping. 

and then we went to the beach! santa monica, to be precise. geez there are a lot of people down there. i guess they all know something we don’t- oh! that CALIFORNIA IS AMAZING. also, the pacific highway is the real deal.¬†

we brought a cooler of fruit and sandwiches from bay cities, a deli near the beach touting a million cool foods and a million crazy shoppers. my sandwich was pretty good, but the favorite for me was the sign above the line for pick up sandwiches warning customers, “DO NOT ASK WHEN YOUR SANDWICH WILL BE READY. IT WILL BE DONE WHEN IT IS ON THIS SHELF”. fair enough.¬†before my red eye flight back to dc, we hit up the getty museum just in time for sunset. geez, that place! it lovely and modern with clean lines and class. basically, it is everything that i am not. also, there was a big pink moon we got to watch rise up over the city and let me tell you, it was really something.

two of my favorite works; jesus coming into brussels, which i am pretty sure was supposed to be satire, but whatever i like the colors. also, van gogh. ANYTHING van gogh. this one was of lillies he painted in the courtyard of his rehab center. he didn’t intend for this to a work, but more of a sketch. ARTISTS, I TELL YA!

one more of getty at sunset. this one didn’t really bring in the instagram likes. WOMP WOMP WOMP ūüėČ

anyway, believe it or not, all this stuff and all this food was eaten in less than about fifty hours, and all made possible thanks to brooke and her big blow up mattress.

now…. who am i coming to visit next?

nicaragua pt 2.

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this is me “surfing”.

lol.

being in nicaragua was great. wonderful. confusing. humbling. hilarious. terrifying. unforgettable. really, i wish i could have just put everyone in my pocket so they could see what i saw, heard the things i heard… and let’s be honest, ate the things i ate! because dang! there is some good food down there!

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here are a few more photos of my time that weren’t shot on iphone. most were just taken around where we lived for the ten day time, trying to capture a little bit of the beauty because, honesty. this place! hidden gems abounding! also, pigs abounding. chickens abounding. stray dogs on every corner. welcome to central america!

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the landscape was a cross between hawaii and an african safari. DSC_0107

one of my favorite moments was at a beachside restaurant at which i was dining on the sand with mariachi playing in the background, waves sloshing against the shore, and a sunset on the horizon accompanied by the flicker of lightning in the distance. it was surreal and perfect (and my fish! the fish!) it is moments like this that just made me want to bottle up and remember forever. DSC_0114

most of the time in nicaragua i felt like worlds were colliding, past and future. one minute there would be a car blasting rhihanna, and the next, oxen riding down the road hauling feed with a family of six on the back. on one corner of the road there would be ladies hanging out the wash and pullling up water from the well, while just down the road construction workers were buliding multimillion dollar estates for what were likely american investors and retirees. DSC_0118

during the week, i was incredibly aware of my american-ness. it was jarring to suddenly realize the prosperity that has been thrust upon me without abandon. i spent a lot of time feeling very conscious. i grappled constantly with the question of who was really benefitting from this service mission: the nicaraguans, or me. in fact, the idea still weighs on my mind. DSC_0122

i saw resiliency and enjoyment. i was able to learn the true meaning of “placticar” aka, just sitting around, chatting with people and really learning and observing.¬†DSC_0123

also, i did this. yeah, i don’t think they let you zipline upside down in america. just a hunch.

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i mean, i was wearing a helmet covered in disney princess stickers, so i was totally safe. seems legit, right? DSC_0057

probably smiling because we survived, let’s be honest. ¬†DSC_0060

my time spent in granada made me revisit spain and my obsession with it. also, my obsession with open air patios. who is going to tell america to stop building ugly houses and start building extravagant patios? do i have to do everything around here?DSC_0062

and colored buildings, because yes.  DSC_0063

and you cannot forget hammocks. nope. there is a phenomenon we lovingly referred to as “nica time”, aka doing things whenever you felt like it. read: late, if at all.

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another one of the highlights of my trip was “learning” to surf. and by that, i mean i got pummeled by waves for two hours accidentally gave my instructor a free peek after a particularly powerful wave and an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction. you’re welcome!

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anyway,¬†let’s end this post with a¬†particularly good sunset. DSC_0144

the end.

(unless i figure out how to make a movie on imovie. technology. sheesh!)