Author: Julie Boyd

Summer Hiking Gear: Our Recommendations

Summer Hiking Gear: Our Recommendations

Written By Julie Boyd and Brian Callender We often get asked about the gear we bring along on our hikes, so we decided to put together a comprehensive list of our favorites for summer hiking. We hope you will find this guide helpful in planning […]

Gift Ideas For Adventure Travelers

Gift Ideas For Adventure Travelers

Written by Julie Boyd The holiday season is officially upon us, filled with family, friends, and lots of food! Inevitably, we find ourselves in search of the perfect gift, and if you’re like us, that can often be a challenge. This year, we decided to […]

Hiking Mission Peak | Bay Area California

Hiking Mission Peak | Bay Area California

Written by Julie Boyd | Photography by Julie Boyd

One of the things I miss the most about living in Southern California is the proximity to high altitude hikes in the San Gabriel Mountains. Sure, living in the Bay Area means that Brian and I are a 3.5 hour car ride away from the Sierra Nevada Mountains, but making that journey requires much more planning, and time. While searching for challenging Bay Area hikes that were also scenic, I came across the Mission Peak trail. In fact, several sources noted that many of the Bay Area REI locations recommend the trail as a training hike for Half Dome. Eager to get in shape for some of our summer backpacking trips, Brian and I set our alarms to wake up extra early one Sunday morning, and hit the trail.

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Day Trip to Big Sur | California

Day Trip to Big Sur | California

Written by Julie Boyd | Photography by Julie Boyd Earlier this month Brian and I had a free weekend, so we decided to take a day trip to Big Sur since it is so close to our home in San Jose. Even though we have […]

Hiking Mt. Tallac | Lake Tahoe, CA

Hiking Mt. Tallac | Lake Tahoe, CA

Written by Julie Boyd | Photography by Julie Boyd When we arrived in Lake Tahoe, I gazed at the snowy peaks and knew immediately that our plan to hike Mt. Tallac would have to be saved for another trip. The snow level seemed pretty low, […]

A Colorful Trip | Fall Colors in Twin Lakes

A Colorful Trip | Fall Colors in Twin Lakes

Written by Julie Boyd | Photography by Julie Boyd

I first fell in love with Quaking Aspen trees when my family and I visited the Eastern Sierra in October of 2009. The trees burst into vibrant amber hues all around the June Lake Loop. On a hike, we walked through groves of golden leaves that danced and hummed their namesake tune. I felt as if I was in a fairytale.

In 2016, I was able to coax Brian into taking a spontaneous 48-hour trip to see the colors in Bishop, Mammoth, and June Lake, and I think the experience hooked him as well. Even though most of the trees were past peak color, it was still a spellbinding weekend.

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Exploring the Cunningham Cabin | Grand Teton National Park

Exploring the Cunningham Cabin | Grand Teton National Park

Written by Julie Boyd | Photography By Julie Boyd The Cunningham Cabin Historic Site is located just off HWY 191 in Grand Teton National Park. The location features a short, interpretative guide, which tells about the history of the John and Margaret Cunningham who settled in the […]

Ethics and Getting the Shot

Ethics and Getting the Shot

Written by Julie Boyd | Photography by Julie Boyd The trail from the top of Snoqualmie Falls to the viewing platform below was a short, steep, climb through moss covered trees. Maples were still turning gold, even though November was ending, and the cool mist […]

My Travel and Landscape Photography Gear

My Travel and Landscape Photography Gear

Written by Julie Boyd | Photography by Julie Boyd

My first camera was an old Canon SLR that shot 35 mm film. Well, it was actually my dad’s old Canon that he let me use when I took a black and white photography class in high school. I fell in love with photography during that semester, and before I knew it I was on my first trip to Yosemite trying to emulate Ansel Adams. In college I began shooting color film, and by the time I graduated the quality of digital cameras was catching up to that of film, so I bought my first DSLR, the Canon 20D.

Since then, camera technology has come a long way, and it continues to develop faster than I can save up to buy the next best thing. My travel and landscape photography gear isn’t the most expensive, or the newest, but it is what works for me and my budget. I invested in good lenses, and a stable tripod, and combining those things with my artistry has yielded me some photos that I am proud of. For those who are curious, here is what is currently in my camera bag when I am on the road, or shooting landscape photography. (more…)

Christmas Light Magic in London

Christmas Light Magic in London

Written by Julie Boyd | Photography by Julie Boyd London sparkles at Christmas. I was enthralled with how many light displays lined the streets and markets of England’s capital when Brian and I visited last December. Unique glittering facades were at the turn of every […]

Seven Things to Bring on Your Next Road Trip

Seven Things to Bring on Your Next Road Trip

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Behind the wheel and out on the open road, it’s a place where you have the freedom to go wherever your sense of adventure will take you. From the very beginning of our relationship, Julie and […]

4 Places to Photograph Sunrise in Grand Teton National Park

4 Places to Photograph Sunrise in Grand Teton National Park

Written by Julie Boyd | Photography by Julie Boyd

Alpine scenery doesn’t get much better than that in Grand Teton National Park. The craggy peaks of the Tetons rise above a green valley, giving visitors unobstructed views of the mountain range. Below, the Snake River winds it way through pine forests and lush meadows filled with wildflowers. It’s hard to take a bad photo when in the presence of such splendid beauty, but knowing when and where to be certainly helps when trying to capture the best light.

Since the Tetons face East, morning is prime for shooting, which means very early starts when visiting in the summer. On our most recent trip in July, sunrise was at 6:00 a.m., which usually meant waking up one-two hours earlier. It was always a challenge to get up, but once we saw the morning glow hit the peaks it was all worthwhile. (more…)

Driving the Icefields Parkway | Part 1: Banff | Alberta, Canada

Driving the Icefields Parkway | Part 1: Banff | Alberta, Canada

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd After a successful visit to Johnston Canyon, we hopped back in the car and continued north towards Jasper. On a trip packed with scenic beauty, we were especially looking forward to our drive along the Icefields […]

Exploring Johnston Canyon | Banff, Canada

Exploring Johnston Canyon | Banff, Canada

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Created by erosion over the centuries, Johnston Creek flows through Johnston Canyon before emptying into the Bow River. The glacial blue waters flow under a canopy of lush forest and thunder over jagged cliffs and rushing […]

Exploring San Francisco in One Day | California

Exploring San Francisco in One Day | California

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd

For my most recent birthday, Julie and I made the short trip up to San Francisco for the weekend. While we work to finalize plans for our next big vacation, these short getaways help keep the travel bug satiated. Since we have been to San Francisco a number of times, I had a very short list of required stops: a Giants game and Ghirardelli. (more…)

The Best of Monterey | California

The Best of Monterey | California

Written by Julie Boyd | Photography by Julie Boyd Monterey is a beautiful seaside town known for its stunning views of California’s Central Coast, and abundance of marine life. While many people come to visit iconic spots like the 17-Mile Drive and the Monterey Bay […]

Idyllwild & Winter Hiking in the San Jacinto Wilderness | California

Idyllwild & Winter Hiking in the San Jacinto Wilderness | California

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd It’s a rare occasion for Julie and I to have a weekday off together, so we always try to make the most of them when we do. With the school Julie teaches at on Spring Break […]

Once in a Lifetime: Why You Need to Study Abroad

Once in a Lifetime: Why You Need to Study Abroad

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Brian Callender

6 Years

As I sit here writing this post, it has been six years to the day (we even departed on a Thursday) since I left for my ten week study abroad adventure in Oxford, England (thanks Chris for reminding me!). I was twenty-five years old and in my final year at Saddleback Community College. My friend had just dropped me off at LAX and I was mentally preparing myself to be on my own for the next few months. This was to be my first solo flight and I remember boarding that British Airways flight with a calm exuberance. Ten hours later, I had arrived at my destination, a little worse for wear, (I didn’t sleep the entire flight) but excited for what was to come. (more…)