I have never been to a more colorful and vibrant city than Miami. After graduating college, I spent three months in Barcelona, Spain, as an au pair for a wonderful family I had met on aupairworld.com (if you know anyone who is interested in being an au pair I’d recommend this site). Shortly after I returned to the states my Spanish family moved to Miami! I’ve been wanting to visit them for the last three years and finally had the chance. I flew into Miami ahead of a big storm and enjoyed cooler weather, days mixed with sunny and shady skies, and great people watching!
My Spanish family lives on the island of Key Biscayne. They (like most residents of Key Biscayne) live a resort lifestyle in a high rise condominium. Their patio overlooks the ocean that presents beautiful views morning, noon and night.
Since reading Gone With the Wind in college I have romanticized the South. Cobblestone streets, live Oak trees with Spanish moss, and beautiful, historic houses. My dream recently came true as my friend Hilary and I ventured out to Charleston, South Carolina. The historic part of Charleston was smaller than we both expected and a long weekend getaway is the perfect amount of time necessary to see the city.
We arrived on a Thursday, checked into our quaint hotel, and set out exploring. We stayed at the Fulton Lane Inn, a place I’d highly recommend as it’s central to everything.
I’m excited to announce that we have a guest author here on Roving Photography. Check out this post from my brother, Preston Alexander Long, about his current adventure in Oregon.
For the past week, and for the next five, I will live alone in a cabin. It’s located in the back corner of a massive piece of Southern Oregon forest. The owners reside out of view behind a hill about a quarter mile away.
Arizona has some amazing hiking and backpacking spots. We recently went on a great backpacking trip to West Clear Creek near Camp Verde, Arizona. The hike was beautiful, the trail tough, the heat brutal. I’m an Arizona native and am used to playing tennis in August on 120 degree courts, but this was intense.
We left Saturday morning, gear packed and ready to go. If you are interested in specifics on how to get to the trailhead follow the link to this great blog post on Todd’s Hiking Guide Here. It’s a pretty rough road once you get off the main road back in to the trailhead so we ended up walking the last mile.
Do you ever just get this overwhelming feeling that you need to see the beach? That you need to hear the waves and bury your toes in the sand? Well I do. I’ve been feeling some beach lust for a few weeks and decided to take a trip to San Diego for Memorial Weekend.
Justin and I rented a beach condo on Airbnb that was right in between the bay and the ocean. Perfect location for visiting both Mission Beach and Pacific Beach. Our first morning there we walked along the bay to this cute breakfast and bakery, Olive Cafe. They have great food if you are staying in the area for pretty reasonable costs. We took our coffees to go and sat on the beach. Finally, I was there!
Guys, it’s been too long and I apologize. But I’m back (and ready to talk about my latest adventure)!
Justin needed to travel to Santa Rosa, California for work recently and when we looked it up on the map and saw that it was in Sonoma County we realized we needed to make a trip out of it.
One of the most fun parts about this trip was the mustang convertible we rented. Justin and I both want one now! We drove through the city, under the Golden Gate bridge, and then headed out on Highway One along the ocean.
Sometimes life happens and we need to make adjustments to the best-laid plans. I had been looking forward to our visit to San Fran since the day we booked it in lieu of Valentine’s Day gifts. Three days in one of my favorite cities, I couldn’t wait! Because of other more pressing life events, we had to leave later than planned and return earlier, reducing our trip to 36 hours. Add in some rain and some very soaked shoes, Justin and I still had a great time exploring. I’m by no means a San Fransisco expert, but after a few visits to this great city I’ve learned a thing or two.
When on the road, your camera isn’t always in a convenient spot to take a photo. Sometimes the most beautiful moments happen unexpectedly. It’s hard to pass up an opportunity for a great capture and camera phones can be a way to still get the photo.