We take pictures to remember moments, but how do we capture inside jokes and ‘pinch-me-perfect’ feelings of joy?  
Jon and I roadtripped across the painted desert, into the Navajo nation, and right up to the Grand Canyon.  We spent nearly 15 hours in the car, and we filled them with giggles and loud music and foreign languages and silly excuses to get out of the car.
The scenery was more gorgeous and inspiring than I could have imagined, but my favorite memories are the jokes and the mis-turns and all the ‘behind-the-scenes’ action that made the trip an adventure.  All the memories that, unfortunately, cannot be captured on camera.
Perhaps my blog is a place to record those memories?
 If so, I never want to forget our accidental foray to Meteor Crater (the world’s largest impact!!), how Chuck’s Trail took us to Devil’s Bridge instead of St. Teresa’s Hill, or how we couldn’t find a restaurant that served anything we could pronounce.  
I hope I always remember the quaint Italian restaurant covered in twinkling lights and the way we stayed in the hot tub while the stars sparkled above us.
What is your favorite part of a vacation? Do you have a fool-proof way to make sure you remember your special moments?

36 thoughts on “behind-the-scenes

  1. Pictures! Even when we look haggard from being in the car & the photos are nothing remotely resembling our regular appearances, they are memories to treasure… offline. 🙂

  2. I LOVED the Grand Canyon. Fact: I cried the first time I saw it. It was breathtaking and so beautiful.

    I agree, it is hard to capture/remember all the moments that happen on vacation or just unforgettable days. No matter whether I take pictures or write everything down, it never is anything like what I experienced right in that moment.

  3. Roadtrips make for great memories, don’t they? I went on a three week roadtrip with my cousin a couple years back and she wrote in a journal every day, I’m not nearly disciplined enough to journal, but I’m sure that book held many of the moments I cherish.I wish I had a fool-proof way to guarantee I didn’t forget, but I don’t… let me know if you find one?

    Your trip looks beautiful!

  4. I so know that feeling!! That’s when I scramble to write things down for myself, as if I might forget in one day. Looks like a great road trip! We’ll be making our way out there this summer, too!

  5. Wow, that sounds like a really fun trip!!! The pictures are beautiful, thanks for sharing them! I have the worse memory and I have the habit of forgetting these fun memories! Just yesterday, my friends were singing a song about fishy friends… Inspired by the fishes in the game Candy Crush. (Which I don’t play but they do…)

  6. Sometimes I do think that our travel journals or blogs are the cameras for our soul. I remember taking a family trip to the mountains of Asheville last summer. And there were so many of those priceless moments that could never be captured with any number of digital pixels. But, I did write about it. And although some of the memories had begun to slip from my short term memory, going back to read my thoughts brought the happy feelings flooding back as evidenced by the smile on my face 😉

    On a side note, I visited the Grand Canyon for the first time in 2010 and it was absolutely magnificent. I remember watching the sunset from Yavapai Point and hiking a portion of the Bright Angel Trail down into the canyon. We drove through the Painted Desert and it was truly a work of art revealing a different rendition with every passing minute as the sun cast its influence on the landscape.

    I think that is another way that you keep those precious memories fresh in your mind. As you share your own memories, you refresh the memories of others. Thanks for bring back so many great memories 😉

  7. It is a pity that so many things cannot be captured in a photo – either because they’re not tangible, or because by introducing a camera, it spoils it. I have a diary where I write down things that happen that I don’t want to forget, or if it’s not too personal or random, then that’s what the blog is for 🙂

  8. Ahhh, what a lovely post!! Photos are wonderful, and I’d say make up about 70% of my memories, but you’re so right…the behind the scenes adventures take memories to the top!

  9. These photos are absolutely beautiful, I agree that I wish we could bottle up those moments where we feel so insanely happy we can barely stand it!! So glad we have our blogs to capture some of each xo

  10. I read once that your memories are intensified with high emotions…you remember things better if there is strong joy, sadness, anger and so on. I often find those little moments that capture my heart are ones that I didn’t think would. I just try to enjoy them…the smells, the weather, the sound…I take a moment to soak it all in…tuck it away in my memory file for no one else but me.

    Love the photos and your trip recap!!

  11. wow, you definitely read my mind because earlier this week i just posted about how i want to road trip across the southwest. these photos are gorgeous and it sounds like such an amazing experience. memories you will remember for your entire life!

    • we’re already planning our next road trip – we’re thinking pacific northwest (sanfrancisco to vancouver). let me know if you have any questions about the trip and i’ll try to help out 🙂

  12. This is exactly the kind of roadtrip Angel would want to take–if only we weren’t an entire country away. Maybe one of these days. On our last big trip, I took a little notebook along and recorded the details and memorable adventures of every day. It’s amazing how easy it is to forget, and how quickly one does forget. Ah, well, that’s when I’m grateful for the written word. Pictures work pretty good too, but I enjoy writing much more than I enjoy snapping photos!

  13. Oh my gosh, what an exciting travel adventure! My most favorite moments of any trip are ones that are unplanned and add a special type of unexpected excitement. Twinkling lights, stars sparkling, and wanders into unexpected parts sound Peter Pan magical 🙂

  14. usually a picture will bring me back to a specific moment, but not always. i think the same thing with my kids…like will i remember every funny and amazing thing they do, or do i need to write it all down!?!

  15. The Grand Canyon looks breathtaking! Beautiful images and scenery. Road tripping is probably my favorite past time. We road trip twice a year with our four kids to Hilton Head Island which takes us about fifteen hours. Our friends think we’re crazy but I think we’re creating memories for our kids that will stay with them forever. I think it’s the little traditions that they look forward to the most….leaving at midnight in their pj’s, getting to watch movies in the car and going to McDonald’s for breakfast. For me, it’s living vicariously through them, watching the sun rise (last time I saw the sun rise over the Potomac River) and sitting with my husband in the front seat, phones stored away just being together. Love your blog!

  16. This is so sweet! Love the pictures. And the sunny weather. I kept a journal when Darrin and I traveled for our honeymoon. I love reading about what we did each day and remembering the funny moments I recorded! You’re right. Photos can only capture so much. Sometimes, you’ve just got to write! 😉

  17. Your pictures are beautiful. I’ve lived in New Mexico for a year and a half now, so close to the Grand Canyon, yet I haven’t been. I’d really like to go someday soon. I know what you mean, It’s really hard to capture all the in between moments that make a trip truly special. I know my mom will print out pictures and then write the story behind them on the back of the photo so she can remember why the picture is so important to her. You can also make a scrapbook and include the stories on the sides.

  18. OMG I’m in love with the picture with all the dream catchers. There’s something so mystical about Native American culture, I love it. How do I remember the special moment a of a vacation? Hmm I make sure to laugh a lot. Belly laughs. When you’re too busy having fun and being in the moment you forget about your electronic devices and everything else. I think that’s the best way to do it. Glad you had a great trip with your hubby 🙂

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