I met you three years ago to this day, and I remember every tiny detail about that day, despite having no idea that this complete stranger I had met up with would become my husband later. I remember the bear hug you gave me and I remember thinking you kinda had crazy hair (at the time) and I remember telling Kate I thought you were really nice and very comfortable to be around and I remember thinking to myself that there was no way I was getting involved with this guy, and yet we didn’t stop talking for one single day after that day, three years ago today. I’m so glad I married you and I’m so glad you’re my best friend. I’ll always be in love with you and your gentle eyes.

The Valley of Fire

There is something so comforting to me about being on the road. The act of driving itself, I love. I love the rules and structure of driving. Even when I was a kid, I'd ask to push the grocery cart for my mom and I would obey all of the rules of the road (pushing my cart on the right side, shoulder checking to pass, stopping at the end of an aisle before looking both ways and turning). Driving is comforting to me. And then, of course, there's the sense of adventure. Of getting lost and seeing new things. Of the unknown. Of the ability to both escape and arrive somewhere. Here's a recent place I drove to when I was in Nevada with my mom, recommended to me by my southern baptist grandmother:

"When I first saw it, I thought to myself, is this what hell looks like? Of course, I don't wanna know." I could write an entire novel about her. 

Hell, heaven, wherever this place, I could have stayed here forever. I've never seen a place as colorful and vibrant (despite being a desert) before. Shot on film.

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Oatman, Arizona.

It was 116 degrees fahrenheit this day. We didn't plan for this to happen, but every few years, my mother and I (who lives in Canada but is from Tennessee) meet up somewhere new and go on a road trip together. It's been a wonderful way of bonding and each trip brings so many new memories I'm forever grateful for. Here's one of the place we went recently...

As you can see, I was fascinated by all of the burros...