This is my fourth year coming down to WPPI. Every year Sunday is my favourite. Usually there are not as many classes or activities on Sundays – and so we take the day off, rent a car and go exploring!! It’s become a tradition that I love.

I’m not much of a city gal – so I love to get away from the glitz, lights and noise (and smoke! Is this the last place on earth you can smoke in a building?) and just re-focus. When Mark and I travel – we’re the same. I remember when we were in Europe – our highlights definitely were when we rented a car and just explored the countryside and small unknown towns.

In past years at WPPI we’ve gone to the Grand Canyon, Red Rock Canyon, Ghost Towns… but every year I return to my favourite place. Valley of Fire.

So this year we took a minivan AND a car of all of us Canadian gals (where are all the guys this year? The women are representing!) and off we went…

We shoot each other as models each year – great practice for photographers to be shot and be reminded what it’s like to be on the other side of the lens. Look how ridiculously excited we get…. ha ha.

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Kathy just wanting to snap!

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The other constant in my WPPI travels is Sandra… every year she and I have made this trek together!

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And the last two years Nataschia has joined our travels

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Finally we keep going and get to the Valley of Fire. It’s an hours drive at most out of Vegas – and so gorgeous!

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Oh! And look who else is at the Valley today…

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ANd then the fun begins. Oh – did I mention it was RAINING all day? Raining in the desert. Strange.

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Funniest moment ever… Nataschia spinning, spinning… and crashing into the bushes!! Feet right up in the air!

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Look! A smiling elephant!

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The one thing I always feel when I go to somewhere like here or Grand Canyon – is how small I am. A reminder that as huge as my problems may seem – in perspective… they’re a drop in the big wide ocean.

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Then we drove home a different way along Lake MEad – stunningly beautiful. But a visual reminder to drive safe – eeks!

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One of my favourite places here I haven’t visited since my first year here – love it!

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Self-Timer photos never grow old….

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The drive home – every corner was more beautiful than the last.

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Then all of a sudden we saw a glow… Vegas!

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A great day!!!

So much more to blog – stay tuned!

Celebrating life and love,

Krista

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