Location: Rocky Mountains
Description: In June, after 4 years in Los Angeles, my partner and I packed up our belongings and took off for a month of hiking and backpacking and exploring in the Rocky Mountains. Mark had just finished architecture graduate school, and I had just finished being the supportive-partner-of-someone-fully-enveloped-by-architecture-school. We were antsy to move somewhere with a bike culture, high quality of life, good food, and fun city vibe. We landed in Portland and promptly took our "great escape" before settling into our new home...
...We spent most of our time in Glacier National Park, a place neither of us had been before but will surely return to in the future. We awoke to the sounds of waterfalls and rushing streams full of late-melting snow. We swam in glacial lakes and had our breath taken away by the chill. We hiked up and over passes that offered incredible views and a rewarding downhill on the other side. We ate huckleberries and made remarkably slow time on the hikes when fully ripe berries re-oriented our priorities. We got engaged on top of the highest pass we climbed and smiled for days! These photos offer a glimpse at a few weeks of pure escape!