20 Adventures in Utah for 2020

20 Adventures in Utah for 2020

Where to Adventure in Utah

We are two month into to 2020, and I've already planned so many adventures in Utah. While I have been living in Utah for almost a year now, I feel like there is so much more to explore. In the excitement of making travel plans and dreaming of exploration, I put together a quick list of twenty places you should adventure in this year. 2020 could be your year to see some places you have never been before. Or you could revisit some old places that you have been away from for a long time. Grab your hiking boots, break out the maps, and start dreaming. You never know what you may find.

Check out the Adventure List

The list includes the Might 5 National Parks: Zion, Bryce, Arches, Canyonlands, and Capitol Reef. Other places to make the list include the following State Parks: Antelope Island, Great Salt Lake, Snow Canyon, Goblin Valley, and Dead Horse State Park and the following stretches within National Forest Land: Big & Little Cottonwood, the Uintas, Fifth Water Hot Springs, Mount Timpanogos, and Lake Blanche. Monument Valley, Bear Lake, and the Bonneville Salt Flats also made the list. Incredible adventures in Utah go way beyond this list, but this is a great place to start!

The greatest thing about each of these adventures is that they can all be different, and they can be encompassing of the things that make you happy. You can hike in them, walk up to scenic overlooks, rock climb, ski, soak in, or drive around in these lands. The adventures are endless. Here is some inspiration to get you started on planning your Utah adventure!

Love adventure? Check out my free guide to planning your wedding day in Utah's Mighty 5 National Parks!


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Here's to the Adventure of 2019 | Instagram Round-Up

Here’s to the Adventure of 2019 | Instagram Round-Up

Halie West Photography | Adventure Elopement Photographer

 

With 2020 quickly approaching it’s hard not to reflect on all that 2019 had to offer. From moving to a new state, to a new job, new adventures, new highs, and new lows; 2019 will leave me will so many memories. I’m so grateful for all the places I have been this year, all the couples I have gotten to know and photograph, and all the stories I am able to tell. Many of these stories have been shared over on my Instagram, so here is a Instagram round-up from my most impactful adventures of the last year. Read on to see these stories and my goals for the new year!

Shout out to Abbi Hearne for this great idea!

 

January 3rd | San Gorgonio Wilderness, California

So far this new year has been full of a bunch of new things. I began the year in the best of places: the wilderness. I went on my first backpacking trip. I snow camped. I woke up to snow covered mountains. I melted snow for drinking water. I wore frozen boots and suffered. I learned to use crampons and an ice ax. I lost a crampon. I glacaded down a snow hill. I got to spend it with great friends. And I got to share it with my incredible partner. Here’s to the adventures this year will bring. I hope that you make it outside and explore this new year. It’s always humbling to try something new.

February 25th | Alabama Hills, California

If there is anything to be said about photographers it is that they create a beautiful community. As I enter the world of adventure weddings I’ve found that fellow photographers really want to help each other to become more successful and informed, for we all have a common goal of giving our couples a wonderful adventure while respecting the places we wander in. I really enjoyed learning from and getting to know everyone from a little desert styled shoot that I was so lucky to be a part of over the weekend. You all make me excited for the photography adventures that are to come. Shout to @christinajoyh for bringing us all together

February 27th | California to Utah

See you soon California. Thanks for raising me these past 22 years. Thanks for your constant sunshine, your lack of seasons, and your ever surprising landscape and for your wild places, the adventures, and the start of passions. You’re a rad state, but you’re a bit too busy and freakin expensive.
Thanks for all the people who cannot be described in just words. While I will miss you all dearly this is not goodbye.

I would be lying if I told you I wasn’t scared for this move. I’ll be moving from the only home I’ve ever known, but I’m doing it with the only person and only pup who has ever felt like home. So maybe I’m not leaving home behind after all.

I look forward to what Utah has to bring and to the adventures and the real seasons, the challenges and the triumph. I look forward to the growth I will experience with a new job and a new start to my business.

So see you soon California. Your wild places and wonderful friends will have me visiting real soon.

March 23rd | Red Rock Canyon, Nevada

It still blows my mind that I climbed all 1100 feet of this wall. My first big wall climb was a success, and I never thought I would ever do anything like it.
When I was younger I was that kid that got stuck half way up on the rock wall. I would grip the plastic holds for dear life until some poor gym attendant would climb up to pry me off. Then I would sit and watch all my friends climb and give up because I was too scared.

While my fear of heights came out a few times during this climb I’m real proud at how far I’ve come. Face your fears. They can end up being pretty thrilling with the right people.
Shout to my man for bringing me on this great adventure, for the constant support and encouragement, and for talking me through some panicked moments during the down climb.

April 20th | Joshua Tree National Park, California

Woah I graduated a year ago and I’ve done so much since. I went abroad with my soulmate @emily_wilt and visited two incredible countries, got one of those job things, photographed my first wedding, moved away from home, fell deeper and deeper in love, got fired from my job (yikes), wandered through seven different states, went on ten different roadtrips, expanded my love for adventure, reevaluated what I wanted from life, committed to my photography business.

Then I felt more grateful for good friends than ever before, moved even further away from home, found a new job, and learned a lot of little things about myself and that we always have room to grow.

I graduated having no idea what I wanted to do with my life. The path I had always thought I was going to take crumbled at my feet after receiving vet school rejection letters and realizing that it wasn’t where my heart was.
So maybe you’re graduating and you have no idea what comes next. That is ok! You are not alone. You have not failed. Be patient with yourself. Go out and do what you are passionate about. You may be scarred. I sure was, but life has a funny way of falling in to place.

May 21st | American Fork Canyon, Utah

I sat in the car the other day admiring the passing landscape through a rain splattered windshield and thinking about how grateful I am. Grateful to have gone on so many adventures. Grateful for a car that takes me where my heart desires. So grateful for the people who help me to feel whole.

To a partner who is both patient and honest. Who loves me in such a way and pushes me to go after my dreams, while being able to peruse his own goals. I only hope that soon I can love myself as he does and see myself as he sees me through his kind and thoughtful eyes. To family who has supported me. Brought me up to chase my dreams no matter how obscure, off the beaten path, or difficult.

You’ve accepted that my life will be full of challenge and not the norm. The acceptance and excitement you share means the world. To friends who are so much more than just that. Who welcome me with open arms, visit when I need it most, include me in their biggest triumphs and challenges, and take the time to care. To myself for working harder than ever before on my dreams, art, and self care. Right now I feel grateful. Right now is what matters most.

July 8th | Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

I tend to measure solo roadtrips in albums. Every hour or so, a new story is told through the poems of another. The Wasatch Mountains shrunk in my rear view mirror as Wish You Were Here played on. Pink Floyd’s iconic lyrics flowed through open windows, while thoughts of my love and the sweetness of my return to him lingered on my mind. My voice soon rose over the stereo like Nevadan mountains on the horizon.

The Lumineer’s Cleopatra left me thinking about the paths we walk down that shape who we become. Zeppelin’s Mothership took me rambling across open fields and forgotten places with promise of when to hold on and when to move on. The Bahama’s Earthtones had me contemplating the pain and passion that has led my wheels to hit this very road. Silence followed for time to reflect. Six hours had gone by. Half way there. (1/2)

From the Next Post

With a full tank of gas, the stories resumed. An Awesome Wave’s tempo raced with my wandering wind across the seemingly endless grassland. Hozier’s melody haunted the car as I drove deeper into canyons. The grassland soon became forest. A few hours went by filled by more silence until broken by the somber sound of Culberson County. The stories left me thinking of the struggles we all face and the solace that our public lands bring me.

The Lumineer’s first and newest albums brought me as far as the open gates of Oregon’s only National Park. They tell so many stories of their own. What lives we are able to live. With windows down and the stereo silenced, the song of the wind followed me as I wound myself around steep roads to the viewpoint. Behold. A place of beauty created by ash. A place of solitude and joy formed by time. There is more to learn: more stories to be told by the trail so along it I went. (2/2)

Photos from this series were taken on the trail and drive home so that the journey would come full circle. The story could be told as a whole.

August 7th | Home

It’s hard to describe how grateful I feel. Life is short. Hold those who matter most

October 7th | Yosemite National Park

It’s funny to think that my first visit to Yosemite was anything but memorable. Sometimes I don’t believe that I went before college. That I never witnessed those towering granite walls. The flocks of tourists. The windy roads. All I can kinda remember is the hike to Vernal Falls. And a younger kid in my group crying because he saw a squirrel and he didn’t get ice cream. Classic. Since it wasn’t memorable it wasn’t enjoyable. Luckily, my second trip was much, much different.

We took those windy roads, came through the tunnel, and I was in awe. The valley sprawled before us. El Cap, Yosemite Falls, and Half Dome seemed to rise out of the valley floor as they came into view. It was hard for me stop starring out the window. It’s a good thing I wasn’t driving. I starred in wonder at those granite faces, took in the change in scenery from one part of the park to the next, and got excited over every waterfall.

Yosemite left me with feelings of wonder and inspiration. Maybe my first trip tried to leave me with these same feelings. Maybe I wasn’t ready for them, so they waited in that valley for six years until my return. Those feelings hit me so hard that I was back in Yosemite the next weekend despite only getting to spend half a day in the park. Funny what a stretch of land can do for us. How it can make us feel and how it can invoke passion and wonder by just being itself. How we can feel a place so deeply in our bones that it must simply be part of our soul. I think that we can learn so much from the places we visit. The places we feel rather than simply see.

November 27th | Memories from Alabama Hills, California

Film has a way of making memories appear timeless. They take you back to that moment with a different feeling than digital photographs. Maybe it’s that these moments seem like they came from so long ago. Back when Ansel Adams photographed what would become Yosemite National Park. Back when William Eggleston used color photography to make waves in the fine art world. They invoke a deeper feeling of nostalgia and peace.

Film is especially fun when I find rolls from nearly a year ago, have them processed, and relive the memories in more detail and vibrance than before. Here’s the last time we went to Alabama Hills as a lil family before moving to Utah. I can feel the morning chill getting out of the car at dawn. I can hear the crunch of snow as Lilly chases after her ball, and feel the soothing water of the hot springs.

December 18th | Moab. Utah

The beauty of the desert is endless

 

I love that this Instagram round-up allowed me to go back over my year and take in some of its most inspiring moments. 2019 led me to so many fun and exciting adventures with some pretty amazing people. I’m so grateful for all the memories I made, and for all the couples who I got to photograph and become better friends with. Sharing your stories made my year so much richer, and I can’t wait for the stories that 2020 allows me to be a part of.

For 2020 I hope to

  • visit more places in nature that inspire me
  • get outside more and have fun with the new sports I’ve been learning
  • help more couples create their own adventurous wedding days
  • show more people the places I love
  • grow more as a person and as a partner, and learn some new things
  • pet all the dogs!

What do you hope to do in 2020? I hope that you go out there and explore as part of this new year. Bring the ones you love most with you and make some amazing memories!


car camping adventures in a subaru

Car Camping Adventures: Ruth the Subaru

Car Camping Adventures: Ruth the Subaru

Meet Ruth, short for Ruthless, shorter for Subaruthless!

Ruth is amazing. Getting a Subaru Outback has really changed the way that I adventure. Car camping adventures are rad! Camping in itself is a great way to disconnect and get into nature. whether it's in a car, in a tent, or just our under the stars- camping brings us back to our roots.

With Ruth I can wander down dirt roads without the fear of getting stuck on a rock or something. Yes, that has *almost happened to me. I can comfortably sleep in my car and cook in it while we are on adventures. Ruth can comfortably fit everything we need for an adventure and always gets us to where we want to go.

Sleeping in the Sube

When I was looking for a car dealership workers caught me putting down the back seats and laying in the trunk. While explaining myself was a bit awkward, it helped me find that the Subaru Outback was going to be a perfect fit. Stephen and I are lucky to be just tall enough to lay down comfortably in the back of the car. Just throw down two sleeping pads, an open sleeping bag for cushion, a bunch of blankets and pillows, and you got yourself a bed on wheels.

That may sound easy, but making the bed is more like playing tetris than laying out a blanket. Every time we settle down for the night we play gear shuffle. The fridge, stove, storage boxes, and bags of camera and climbing gear take over the front seats. It can be really annoying to have to move everything around especially when it’s freaking cold outside of the car, or when we want to go somewhere for sunrise in the morning. Luckily, after a few trips we got our system down and now it's not so much of a burden. A van is going to be such a blessing when we get one.

Tips for Comfort

The little gap between the front seats and folded down back seats has to be filled with food and clothing bags to optimize its pillow holding abilities. You really don't want to wake up wondering what hole your pillow got swallowed up by or why your neck hurts. You could try laying with your head at the trunk opening but it gets hella cold over there. Don't be surprised if you wake up to your condensed split dripping on you. Yup. You heard me.

On real cold nights water vapor condenses to the windows, freezes, and then melts. We quickly added paper towels to our list of must haves to avoid wet everything. We are still trying to figure out a good way to have air flow while we sleep. Cracking the windows doesn’t seem to be enough to escape from steamy windows or the lovely smell of stale dog breath. If anyone has a suggestion please let me know!

Car Camping Experiences

My favorite car camping experiences have been in Alabama Hills. Alabama Hills is BLM land in California, which means free dispersed camping. The area overlooks the Eastern Sierras home of Mount Whitney, the tallest mountain in the contiguous US of A. Fun fact: it is my favorite mountain range that I have seen this far! Alabama Hills is home to so many dirt roads to drive down and campsites to find. And you really can't beat the sunrise. I mean look at it. How can you go wrong? Stephen and I have camped there four times in the past year. It's dog friendly, is in the cutest town of Lone Pine,and has great hikes, climbing, and hot springs nearby. So again, how can you go wrong? I'll be writing more on this incredible place real soon.

We have also enjoyed car camping outside Joshua Tree National Park, in Holcomb up in Big Bear, in Death Valley National Park, in Fort Townsend State Park, on a random BLM road in Oregon, in Black Mountain in Idyllwild, in a Red Rock Canyon parking lot, and at Castleton Tower in Moab. We found great resources through this guide to find places to stay, or look for BLM land that allows dispersed camping. Ruth has seen many roads and many, many miles.

That One Time We Almost Froze

While we've had some pretty great camping experiences we have had some that have just been the worst. Sometimes you can go wrong. One night we slept in 8 degree weather without proper sleeping bags.

We were heading up to Utah to spend Thanksgiving with my family. I really wanted to take Stephen to these incredible hot springs on the way, so we found a free campsite nearby and set out to stay there for the night. We knew it was going to be cold but the weather app definitely lied and I woke up in the middle of the night wanting to throw up from how cold my feet were. We ran the heat several times, cuddled for warmth, and shivered till daylight. I guess it's one way to feel real alive. On a good note the hot springs were totally worth nearly freezing.

Cookin' in the Car

Another awesome thing about car camping is having a kitchen on wheels. Cooking in Ruth’s trunk is super easy, and can even be done from inside the car when it’s too cold to stand outside (or we are too lazy). Having two people cook inside the car takes a careful balancing act and good teamwork, but I’ve only spilled food everywhere one out of a bunch of times so it can be done without making a mess. Always make sure to crack a few windows or leave the trunk open when cooking in the car with a propane stove. I always keep a fire extinguisher on hand.

Our Dometic 32 L fridge really makes car camping a luxury. We are able to make eggs in the morning and bring fresh veggies which is a huge plus when we are on the road for up to a week. After many months of searching I was lucky enough to find mine on Craigslist from a vanlife family who needed to buy a larger fridge. The Dometic is an investment that you can’t go wrong with!

Now Go Have Fun!

If you are setting out to start car camping, or have been for some I hope you really enjoy it. There are so many incredible places to go explore and it's awesome when you can just wake up there, step out of the car, and go. As always, be sure to leave not trace. We owe it to the land to leave only footprints on trails and tire tracks on real roads.

 

A quick list of must haves apart from real camping gear:

See-through storage bins

Toilet paper

Paper towels

Excess lighters

Matches (be prepared!)

Headlamp batteries

Dark chocolate

A ball for Lilly

A good book

A pencil or pen

Black out reflective and insulated window shades (so easy to make!)

 

*my sedan got trapped on a large rock. We had to rock the car forward to get the front wheels to touch the ground so I could gun it and get free. I was real lucky the car was okay. Sorry mom

 

Want to adventure together and meet Ruth? Let's book and adventure!


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National Park Adventures

National Park Adventures

My Favorite Parks as a Photographer

Being able to go out and photograph adventures in National Parks have always been my favorite types of shoots. From hiking, to backpacking, to climbing, or elopements National Parks and other public land areas are beautiful places that deserve our upmost respect. So far my favorite National Parks have been Joshua Tree National Park, Yosemite National Park, and Bryce Canyon National Park.

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park is incredible and by far my favorite place to visit. I had the honor of living within a two hours drive of this place for most of my life, and I got to experience so many incredible adventures and lots and lots of sunsets! There is so much to do in this beautiful, strange, and inspiring place. I've gotten to hike and backpack among the infamous joshua trees, climb sketchy slabs and sharp cracks, and camp out under the stars after enjoying brilliant sunsets. I highly recommend taking the time to really get into this place and finding all the beautiful nooks and crannies away from the crowds.

Yosemite

The first time I drove into Yosemite National Park I was in awe. There is something about granite walls that just really does it for me. They take my breathe away, especially as the sun rises or sets and paints the sky and rock alike. Yosemite is a magical place. It is also super crowded. I found that rising early was a great way to enjoy places in the company of fewer people. Finding long hikes would work well too. While I have only really hiked the Vernal Falls Trail and up to Taft Point, I hope to one day hike Half Dome, climb a pitch on El Cap, and backpack through the Tuolumne Meadows.

Bryce Canyon National Park

Hoodoos are some of my favorite things. They are just such strange formations in nature simply formed by the elements. I've been to Bryce Canyon National Park at different times of the year and at different times of the day. I love seeing how the colors and appearance of the hoodoos change. Sunrise in Bryce is absolutely beautiful, and you can't go wrong with a hike among the hoodoos. So far the Fairyland Loop Trail has been my favorite, but I have a lot more exploring to do in this park. Hit me up of you want to elope in this magical place.

Are you planning an adventure in a park and need an adventure photographer? Get in touch! I would love to capture your wedding, elopement, or adventure and tell your unique love story. Check out my Adventure Elopement Checklist to get inspired for a unique and exciting experience.


white sands national monument with a dog

What It Means To Wander

What It Means To Wander

Finding Inspiration as an Adventure Photographer | Halie West Photography

I've always enjoyed the idea of wandering. Wandering is defined as walking or moving in a casual, leisurely, or aimless way. It simply means to go out and do. For me, wandering is to be in a place with the only goal of experiencing what is around me. This can be done with a destination in mind such as reaching a summit or standing at a scenic overlook. I remind myself that part of the destination is looking around at what it takes to get there. Nature just simply is what is it is, so for me it makes sense to try to just be while experiencing it, and these national parks have always been a great destination. It was wandering that made me want to become and adventure photographer.

I would by lying if I said that I haven't had moments of counting down the hours it takes till getting to my destination. It's an exciting reminder of how close you are to a place you dream of seeing. However, it's the little in between moments that often go overlooked. Learning to enjoy the moment is important, and I hope you enjoy these moments.

Road Trip Adventures are Rad

I've been on countless road trips since I discovered that I could will myself to drive for hours. I like to be able to wander in a place I've never seen before.

The first road trip that I planned back in 2016 took me to so many incredible places. Looking back at the trip is kinda wild because I barely knew what camping was. I had camped for maybe a week prior to this experience and I only owned a sleeping bag. Luckily, my friend Emily had a lot of experience and all the right equipment to keep us comfortable. Although, it is funny to think that we split up our two nights of camping to sleep in an actual room, and that we didn’t even bring a camping stove with us. Honestly I'm grateful for that room because we managed to kill our air mattress the first night and I had no idea the ground could be so hard.

We traveled to Grand Canyon National Park, wandered through Antelope Canyon, saw Horseshoe Bend, ran around at Kodachrome Basin State Park, watched the sunrise in Bryce Canyon National Park, and spent half a day in Zion National Park.

The sunrise in Bryce Canyon had been one of the most beautiful sunrises I have ever photographed and there is something about the hoodoos that has me coming back time and time again. This moment has inspired much of my adventure photography.

Adventure With Your Friends and Your Dog!

The most I've driven for a road trip was 36 hours in 4 days. I couldn't have done it without my incredible friend Emily and an entire case of Coca Cola (which I'm not proud of but sh*t happens). Also, this was my first major road trip with Lilly!

On that particular trip we got to camp on the sand dunes of White Sands National Monument in New Mexico. It felt like we had miles and miles of dunes all to ourselves. We got to camp in a sweet photography location after I received a permit to work on a shoot for my college capstone. Along with the sweet campsite, the sunset was magic, the wind ripped right through us, and the sand stung a bit, but wow was is beautiful. That night reminded me of when I first stood among El Cap and Half Dome. I just felt incredibly small in nature. And nature was just being its incredible self. Nature is so rad.

On that trip we also drove through Monument Valley, wandered through the stubby hoodoos and back roads of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, were awed by the rapid change in landscape as we climbed above the Colorado River and into Dixie National Forest, and went to stare at the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park for maybe thirty minutes because I missed them.

Wander Through Yosemite

My favorite personal road trip was one to Yosemite National Park. Yosemite is one of my favorite National Parks to date. I had just been the month before, but there was something about the granite walls that had me wanting to come back. I grabbed Lilly, hopped in the car, and did a quick weekend trip to take in as many sunrises and sunsets over the pristine granite walls as possible. It was epic.

These three road trips have stuck with me the most. Additionally, the places I have visited sparked a flame in my adventurous spirit and spurred me to be the adventure photographer that I am today. These places have led me to travel farther, and have led me back to visit and revisit them again. As I continue to travel I hope to find myself wandering through each of these places again and again. Besides I hope to form a more intimate bonds with them. Wanting to see everything and wanting to get to know a place will take a special type of balance that I hope to one day find.

Be Respectful to Our Public Lands

When out exploring always be sure to abide by park rules and regulations. Absolutely practice leave no trace principles. These places are for all to enjoy and should be protected so that they can be wandered in by future generations and not just our own.

Exploration is good for the soul. Wandering is good for the heart and mind. Whether it be a faraway place you have been dreaming about, or a stretch of wilderness close by go out and seek adventure. Most importantly, go out and enjoy nature. Definitely bring your close friends and your pups (if they are allowed!) and find what wandering means to you.

 

Side note: the idea of wandering resonated so deeply with me that the word "Wanderer" is tattooed on my ankle in addition to a mountain within a paw print. It hurt real freakin' bad but it was so worth it.

 

Want to wander together? Planning to elope or get hitched? Get in touch. And bring your pups. I’ll even donate $100 to a rescue or shelter of your choice!


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Wandering With Your Dog: A Quick Guide to Adventure Success

Wandering With Your Dog: A Quick Guide to Adventure Success

Halie West Photography | Adventure Photography

Wandering with your pets in wild places can be a lot of fun. It's rewarding when you both enjoy the journey. My pup, Lilly, has been to 5 states and traveled thousands of miles to accompany me on adventures. Through trial and error we've learned a lot to make these adventures go well for the both of us.

Lilly is a sassy mutt that I adopted from a rescue. We instantly connected, and I knew that she was meant to be part of my family. I've found that we are much more alike than I could have imagined. Like me she thrives in the wilderness, especially in the desert which has given her the nickname Desert Dingo (or Coyote Creature when shes being extra weird).

Here are some ways the Desert Dingo and I wander together

The first thing that you should do is ensure that your adventure destination allows pets. Some places, like National Parks, have strict rules on where pets are allowed to venture in order to protect wildlife. It's important to abide by these rules, which is why other great places may be more appealing for you and your pet. Lilly and I have spent a lot of time trekking around Bureau of Land Management land, National Forests, and National Monuments that tend to have more dog friendly rules. If you are planning to take your pet to one of our public lands be sure to check with National Park Paws for up to date information.

Be sure to practice Leave No Trace! This includes picking up after your pet. I recommend poop bags that are biodegradable and scented so you both cut down on plastic pollution and don't have to smell sh*t all day:)

For me, knowing leash regulations is an important rule to keep in mind. Lilly loves to run free like the wild child she is, but if that puts her or others at risk then it's better to keep her on a leash. We try to find places where she can adventure at her own will.

Lilly's Adventure Gear

When Lilly and I first started hiking I was always sure to carry water and treats. After running out of pack space between my own water, snacks, and camera I thought that Lilly could share the load. I got the Dingo this Kurgo backpack so that she can carry her own sh*t (literally). It also helps give her a bit of a workout and the bright red makes her stand out better in our surroundings.

If you think you may be cold then your dog will be cold. Bring a jacket if its cold so you don't end up with a sad, frozen wet dog burrito.

Lilly has short fur and really loves her new jacket from Ruffwear.

She also got these sweet kicks which are great for protecting her feet from sharp rocks and hot or cold ground. I think her hiking boots may be cooler than mine.

Above all have tons of fun. There is so much out there to go explore. Hiking with your dog at your side adds to the experience and sweetens the memories. We are so excited to go on new adventures in our new home.

If you know a great pet friendly place in Utah please let us know!

If you're planning on wandering with your dog and want photos to remember let me know! We can do a fun adventure session in a pet friendly place. Best of all, when you book a session that includes your pet I'll donate $100 to a shelter or rescue of your choice!

Let's go out and wander together. When we are with our pets we are most wild at heart.

Photos of Lilly and I by Ben Wilbirn