New York

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New York

I managed to unearth some photos from my trip to New York earlier this year.

I went in March and it was very very cold. I had the worst flight experience of my life (let’s just say it left me in tears and stranded at an airport..), and I discovered that I’m not really a big city person. I also think that I may have deleted quite a bit of files from the first portion of my trip, which was in Saratoga Springs, and it has left me feeling very disappointed in myself… but here’s the rest of the photos that I managed to save.. which are mostly just photos of me. Hah.

Posting them on here so that I don’t lose them again!

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Mount San Jacinto

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Mount San Jacinto

This morning started with me watching random YouTube videos in bed and all of a sudden turned into me putting on some warm hiking clothes and packing a backpack to take with me to the mountains. It’s been a few weeks since I’ve done something outdoorsy and after hearing that Mount San Jacinto has a pretty decent amount of snow right now, I knew I had to go.

This was my spontaneous solo snow day.

Figured that I should pack some food before heading out there so I stopped by Target and found some fancy Lunchables. It did the job.

I’m so glad I went.
Do what makes your soul shine.
Always.

Instagram: @_camillegrace

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Fall in Zion

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Fall in Zion

For my last two birthdays, my way of celebrating has been taking a trip to a National Park. This year was no different. For my twenty-fourth, I decided to head to a place that has a special place in my heart- Zion.

I’ve never been there during this time of year before so it was a big surprise to me when I saw just how much of the fall colors were showing when we got there. Last week, I took a solo road trip to the Sierras in search of fall colors but I think I actually found more of what I was looking for here!

Photos can’t do justice the beauty that I saw in Zion. It was a short, but sweet two-day trip. Here was my adventure:


Most of the photos I took were during the hike on the trail that leads you to the Narrows. SO much fall colors here! It’s also a pretty short but fun trail that I would recommend to anyone who visits Zion. It takes you to the start of The Narrows, a hike that leads you into the river, which is also probably Zion’s most popular hike (and a hike that’s definitely on my list next time!).

Spot the tiny rock climbers! I’m still slightly geeking out over Free Solo after watching it last week, so this was definitely a sight to see.


I love how vibrant the yellow leaves were here! Probably one of my most favorite shots from the trip.

It’s me! I’m always at my happiest when I’m in a national park.


Another spot we went to was the Zion Canyon Overlook Trail. You can’t access this trail via the shuttle so you’ll have to take the scenic drive there, which is a great activity in and of itself. Once you get to the trail, the short hike leads you to one of my favorite spots in Zion. I also like to call it the mini Angel’s Landing because you get a similar view without having to do the scary hike!

BEST. VIEW. EVER.

And that caps off my birthday celebration! It was so nice to be able to experience Zion in the fall and I’m absolutely convinced that I’ll be back again.


Because it was my birthday and all, I took some time to reflect on everything that happened this past year and I can’t help but feel extremely blessed, especially to be surrounded by the greatest people and to be able to live life doing the things I love the most.

Can’t wait to see what this next one has in store!

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Solo Road Trip Through The Sierras

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Solo Road Trip Through The Sierras

I’m currently on a three-week vacation from work and I with my birthday coming up, I wanted to do something that I’ve never done before. So earlier this week, I decided to go on my very first solo road trip! I had hesitations about doing this as I’ve never driven this far on my own. But since seeing the fall colors was also something that’s been on my bucket list for a while now, I figured I’d cross two things off at that list at the same time by heading to the Eastern Sierras to the June Lake/Mammoth area. It was a short two-day trip, but it’s definitely one for the books.

My first day of the trip consisted of driving from LA to June Lake. I also chose my film camera as my main method of photography for trip. Unfortunately, the first roll of film that contained my June Lake photos came out blank. While I’m extremely disappointed that that happened, it’s also a risk that you take when you go with this method of photography.

Nonetheless, one roll of film was still successfully developed! After June Lake and getting a bit of rest at my hotel, I headed down to Mono Lake to catch the sunset. Seeing the tufas surround the water made me feel like I was in a different planet.

The next morning, I wanted to head to some hot creeks but realized that my little Nissan Sentra wasn’t made for off roading and I couldn’t make it to the site. The view from the small road I took to get there was breathtaking nonetheless!

It was great getting to stop by wherever and whenever I wanted on this road trip. Perks of being solo, I guess.

Before heading back home, I quickly stopped by Convict Lake.

It’s amazing how accessible these mountains are here.

One last look at the fall colors before heading back to the palm trees in the city.

And that concludes my trip! As much as I love getting to share these moments with people, it was also great to experience it alone. It was a couple of days filled with lots of driving, exploring, and most of all, time to myself to reflect how truly amazing this planet is that we get to live in. It was also a great little retreat to get away from all the hustle and bustle of life back home. If ever you get the chance to do something like this, I absolutely recommend it. You won’t regret it.

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Griffith Observatory in Film

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Griffith Observatory in Film

A couple of weeks ago, I took the plunge and bought myself a film camera. Film is something that I’ve always wanted to get into, but I’ve always set aside due to the ease and convenience of shooting in digital. After discovering a photo lab not too far from home and realizing that getting the film developed was no longer a problem (which was one of my biggest concerns), I decided to finally give in.

This first batch of photos was basically my test batch as I purchased the camera off of eBay and didn’t actually now if the camera worked or not. So I decided to head to my favorite place in LA, The Griffith Observatory, to test it out.

While I feel like the scanning could have been better, I still love the way the photos turned out. The process of film and all the ways it differs from digital is so intriguing to me. I can’t wait to delve into it more.

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