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Location: Twin Lakes, CO
Details: August Ink Pullover | Aria Down Vest | Custom Chacos

Listen, I know we are a month into winter times here in Colorado (and snow is currently covering the ground), but I've still got to tell you about my autumn. For a girl who grew up having easy access to lakes and rivers, it was hard getting used to not having that in Colorado. I missed getting to walk by or be out on the water whenever I wanted. So any chance I have to adventure near water, I take.

When we started making plans for Sam & Amy to come visit Colorado, we all got to express our dreams and expectations for the weekend, and my dream was to take everyone to the mountains one day to see the glorious golden leaves. I'd driven past Twin Lakes twice, but in the dark, so I'd never actually been able to see it in all of its magicalness. Is that a word? Magicalness? Let's pretend it is.

We woke up before the sun, slowly made it to the car, stopped for coffee, and headed on our way through the mountains and into the woods. As we drove further through the mountains, the skies filled with clouds and the temperatures started dropping. Let's just say I was prepared for a mild autumn day, and Colorado said "no, no, no." It was freezing. FREEZING. And windy. But we made the most of it by running around screaming and laughing and trying to fight the wind. The wind won.

Despite the unexpected weather, we had a great time exploring together, wandering through the woods and along the shore of the lake taking in the breathtaking views of the mountains sprinkled in gold.

Various Photos By: Elah Tree | Oak + Oats | Taking Steps Home



Location: Leadville, CO
Details: August Ink Pullover | Aria Down Vest | Custom Chacos

While the gals (Amy and Sam) were here, we spent a day driving through the mountains to visit Leadville, CO. I'd never been, and as we all know, exploring new places with friends is one of my favorite things in all the land. I love watching people experience new things, and with travel, I love watching them take in all the new sights and sounds and point out all of the things that they find interesting. You learn so much about a person when you adventure together.

We stopped for lunch at a mom & pop burger joint and inhaled some yummy food (because we're super ladylike.) It was so much fun to walk around and explore little shops and side streets. Leadville has some really fun art on the exterior of their buildings. My favorite being the wall of Aspen trees because, in my opinion, Aspens are one of the best parts of Colorado. We walked, chatted, stopped to take photos, took a coffee break, stopped to take more photos, fought the wind and lost, stopped to take more photos, got frostbite (okay, I'm being dramatic), headed home, pulled over to take more photos, and arrived home exhausted but with hearts so full. More road trips like this, please.

Various Photos By: Elah Tree | Oak + Oats | Taking Steps Home



Location: Garden of the Gods Park
Details: Dress (Filly Flair) | Hammered Gold Cuff | Gold Necklace
Photos By: A Love Photography

At the end of September, two of my dear blog-turn-real-life friends came to visit Beth and me for a long weekend. We had so many adventures and conversations to warm your heart with Sam and Amy, which you'll hear about later. Everyone came with their own hopes and dreams for the weekend, and Amy's greatest dream was to do our hair and makeup, put us in flowy dresses, and throw us in a field with mountain backdrops right at golden hour.

Now if you know me at all, you might know this kind of deal isn't my favorite. For someone who loves taking pictures of other people, I really dislike having my own photo taken. My level of awkwardness sky rockets on the awkwardness scale any time I step in front of a camera (you can ask my friends. They'll confirm this.) The good news is that Amy can make just about anybody feel comfortable about having their photos taken, and she helped me step outside my comfort zone in the best way.

I learned so much from the girls over the weekend as we watched how each of us approaches taking a photo. Some of us snap away like crazy while others take their time and really study the lighting or the posing or the framing. I loved seeing us capture moments from so many different perspectives, and I can't wait for our next weekend getaway. :)

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