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The Best Places to Visit in Banff National Park | Alberta, Canada

The Best Places to Visit in Banff National Park | Alberta, Canada

Written by Julie Boyd | Photography by Julie Boyd There is no shortage of beautiful scenery in Banff National Park. Before flying up to Alberta, Canada, I spent a fair amount of time researching the best places to visit, and what the ideal times were for […]

Mt. Edith Cavell and Angel Glacier | Jasper National Park |  Alberta, Canada

Mt. Edith Cavell and Angel Glacier | Jasper National Park | Alberta, Canada

Mt. Edith Cavell Hike| Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd One of Jasper National Park’s easiest trails and most scenic views lies along the Mt. Edith Cavell Hike. The Mt. Edith Cavell hike will take you to breathtaking views of Angel Glacier, […]

Exploring Jasper National Park | Alberta, Canada

Exploring Jasper National Park | Alberta, Canada

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd After completing a full day of driving along the Icefields Parkway, (read: part one and part two) it felt amazing to drop our bags off at the hotel, shower, and head into town for dinner. While the […]

The Mountains are Calling| Chasing the Last Fall Colors in the Eastern Sierras

The Mountains are Calling| Chasing the Last Fall Colors in the Eastern Sierras

Written by Julie Boyd | Photography by Julie Boyd “The mountains are calling, and I must go.” – John Muir I was exhausted. I had just finished teaching a workshop on essay writing, shot my last wedding of the year, and I made it through mourning the loss of […]

Driving the Icefields Parkway | Part 2: Jasper | Alberta, Canada

Driving the Icefields Parkway | Part 2: Jasper | Alberta, Canada

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd With Banff squarely in our rearview, we continued our journey along the Icefields Parkway, headed for the town of Jasper.  If you’re a fan of stunning mountains and breathtaking waterfalls, then this is the place to be. […]

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 […]

An Afternoon in Yoho National Park | British Columbia, Canada

An Afternoon in Yoho National Park | British Columbia, Canada

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Fresh off an awesome hike to the Plain of Six Glaciers, we still had several hours of sunlight left to explore the area before sunset. Julie had come across Takakkaw Falls while researching the trip, and […]

Visiting Moraine Lake | Banff, Canada

Visiting Moraine Lake | Banff, Canada

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd As we planned out our Canadian adventure, Julie and I each had a long list of “must visit” locations. Many of these destinations were shared, and that was especially true of Moraine Lake. If you spend any time […]

An Afternoon in Kananaskis | Alberta, Canada

An Afternoon in Kananaskis | Alberta, Canada

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd As mentioned in our last post, while visiting Banff, we opted to stay outside the park in Kananaksis Country. We spent most of our first day in Calgary, but after checking into our hotel, we decided there was […]

Exploring The Huntington Library | San Marino, California

Exploring The Huntington Library | San Marino, California

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Growing up, I spent a good chunk of my childhood in Pasadena. My mother grew up there and my grandparents lived in the same house until I was early into my teenage years. Despite this, I […]

The Best Adventures in Yosemite National Park | California

The Best Adventures in Yosemite National Park | California

Written by Julie Boyd | Photography by Julie Boyd When I was 16-years-old, my dad pulled the car over to take in the majesty of Yosemite Valley at Tunnel View on a family trip to the park. Since that first moment, when I gazed upon […]

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter | Hollywood, California

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter | Hollywood, California

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd We solemnly swear that we are up to no good. It’s no surprise that Julie and I are big Harry Potter fans. When we moved in together last year, there was no argument, we were both […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Best Places to Visit in Big Sur | California

The Best Places to Visit in Big Sur | California

Written by Julie Boyd | Photography by Julie Boyd On the Central Coast of California, Highway 1 winds through a section of rocky coastline known as Big Sur. Flanked by the Santa Lucia Mountains to the east, and the turbulent waters of the Pacific Ocean […]

A Day Trip to Julian | California

A Day Trip to Julian | California

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Back in 2012, when Julie and I first started dating, I surprised her with a day trip down to Julian and we had a blast! Four years later, we decided to return to Julian and explore […]

A Day Trip to the Cliffs of Moher | Ireland

A Day Trip to the Cliffs of Moher | Ireland

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Brian Callender and Julie Boyd While planning our time in Ireland, we had given ourselves a very open schedule so that we could relax and enjoy the last days of our trip. After spending the rest of the trip constantly […]

Three Days in Dublin | Ireland

Three Days in Dublin | Ireland

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Brian Callender & Julie Boyd We touched down in Dublin close to 10:00 p.m. on Monday night after a short flight from Brussels. I had pre-booked our transportation taking the 700 Route with AirCoach which came out to about $25 roundtrip […]

A Day Trip to Bruges | Belgium

A Day Trip to Bruges | Belgium

Writted by Brian Callender | Photography by Brian Callender & Julie Boyd One of my favorite things about Europe is the ease and efficiency of travel within countries, particularly public transportation. When I was studying abroad in Oxford, I knew there were three busses that […]

A Day in Brussels | Belgium

A Day in Brussels | Belgium

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd & Brian Callender Belgium was, admittedly, a late addition to our itinerary. We had planned to visit the British Isles, but not the continent of Europe on this particular trip. However, having already been to the three […]

Last Days in London | England

Last Days in London | England

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd & Brian Callender After a very late night in Oxford, we slept in a bit on Friday morning before heading out to soak up the rest of our time in London. To say that we were […]

Day Trip to Oxford | England

Day Trip to Oxford | England

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Brian Callender & Julie Boyd Six years ago, I studied abroad for ten weeks in Oxford and it was one of the best experiences of my life. During that time, I fell in love with the city, the […]

Day Trip to Windsor Castle  | England

Day Trip to Windsor Castle | England

Written by Brian Calender | Photography by Julie Boyd On our return from the Harry Potter Studio Tour on Tuesday night, we learned that there was likely going to be a Tube strike taking place beginning Wednesday evening and lasting through Friday morning. While we […]

The Making of Harry Potter – Warner Bros. Studio Tour | London, England

The Making of Harry Potter – Warner Bros. Studio Tour | London, England

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd & Brian Callender On Tuesday afternoon, we boarded our train and were on our way out to the Harry Potter Studio Tour. After walking around for much of the day, our feet were tired and in […]

London, Days One & Two| England

London, Days One & Two| England

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Brian Callender & Julie Boyd Thanks to Friends, I’ll always think of “London Baby” whenever the city crosses my mind. And that’s not a bad thing because I love London and I love Friends :). If you have […]

24 Hours in York | England

24 Hours in York | England

Written By Brian Callender | Photography by Brian Callender & Julie Boyd Six years ago, I visited York for the first time with my study abroad class. The trip was an optional add-on, but everyone went. There was so much that I loved about the […]

Saying Goodbye to Scotland | Edinburgh

Saying Goodbye to Scotland | Edinburgh

With two long days of driving and exploring the Highlands firmly behind us, we had a lazy start to our Saturday morning. In doing so, we nearly missed making it back in time to drop off our rental car. We returned the car with just minutes […]

Exploring the Highlands by Car: Part Two | Scotland

Exploring the Highlands by Car: Part Two | Scotland

Friday morning we were treated to this beautiful loch view from our Airbnb.  A view which made the prospect of departing for the long upcoming day an even more challenging prospect. Our host had been fantastic and we wished we had opted to stay for […]

Exploring the Highlands by Car: Part One | Scotland

Exploring the Highlands by Car: Part One | Scotland

Early Mornings & False Starts After a long and exhausting first day in Scotland, we awoke refreshed and ready to tackle our second day. Our original plan had been to take a tour of the Scottish Highlands and I spent a fair amount of time […]