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Backyard Exporations

It's not every day we can walk down to the border of two great countries and have a hike.

Being the end of the summer in San Diego, we are getting restless with the lagging tourists still in town and a yearly heat wave that makes everyone question where they actually live.

We needed to find a way to get out of dodge and enjoy some solitary time. Our first idea was a long drive and a pristine mountain trail. After a brief reassessment, the decision was made to hop in the car and head to a closer, southern destination. 

It was hot as could be ... and our A/C-less car was piping hot. Once we made it to the trailhead, we couldn't leave the car behind fast enough to get out into that breezy ocean air. 

It's always satisfying to make a weekday hike educational. Drew grew up within 10 miles of this place and had never been. It was mind boggling to observe how many intricate color variants paint the landscape of this wildlife refuge, which houses part of the Tijuana River Watershed.

Covering 1,750 square miles, three-fourths of the watershed lies south of the border in Mexico. Watersheds basically collect drainage from snow melt, rain and urban runoff that can flow down streams or rivers to the sea. We can all help protect these basins by trying to prevent harmful pollutants (like fertilizer, motor oil, and plastic trash) from entering storm drains, where they will then inevitably end up in the estuary and then the ocean.

With backgrounds from Mexico to the mountains, the Pacific Ocean to local islands, the views are sure to please in this fragile yet beautiful environment. The trails were clean and well designated, and we highly recommend checking it out.  

Midwest Jungle

Summertime in the Midwest. What ideas brew in your brain? What visuals do you see?

We travelled to Wisconsin to visit Kestrel's family in her hometown of Trempealeau this June. The trip was a midsummer getaway to visit family and catch up with friends. 

Around every corner, there was a location unique enough to frame the most badass/quality lifestyle shoot. We weren't in Wisconsin to shoot for or with any brands, but had the opportunity to freely get creative while we were there. Drew had his camera in hand for the most part, and casually was able to capture some of the essence of Wisconsin's true beauty. 

From a wedding set in an apple orchard to canoeing the Mississippi, hikes & bikes throughout the state parks and witnessing a rare showing of the northern lights, we got lucky with the abundance of adventure we were able to cram into just 10 days.

A newer place for Drew and a familiar space for Kestrel, the scenery and magical aura of a midwest summer captured both of our adventurist spirits. Ready for another midwest journey? Always.

Mountain Wandering

With the summer heat upon us, Saturday night often seems the perfect night to get out on the town, attend an outdoor BBQ or hit the beach for a day in the sunshine. For us, we saw it as the perfect opportunity to escape the city and venture out into the mountains. 

With no exact plan, we packed the car and set out onto the open road. Our only parameters included seeking fresh mountain air and sleeping under the stars. For us, the lesser the detailed plans for an adventure, the better the journey generally turns out. We literally drove east toward the mountains, and found ourselves on the Sunset Highway.

After meandering down an array of dirt sideroads, and scuffing up the rig to give 'er a little character along the way, we happened upon a fairly secluded camp spot. Once the fire was roaring and our bellies were full from a tasty meal of Walnut Burger veggie tacos, we couldn't wait to attempt to capture some of the beautiful night sky.

A bit of wine from our Khordz mugs and a couple of long exposures later, we crashed with content. There's nothing better than taking a night away -- a night to escape the day-to-day grind, leave the technology of today behind and free yourself of the city's constant pulse. Thank you mountains, for bringing us your good tidings.