Amy Cooper

MAY 2016 ROAD TRIP: PHOTO DIARY

Amy Cooper
MAY 2016 ROAD TRIP: PHOTO DIARY

This past month, as most of you may know, Michael and I embarked on a 2 week road trip. I'm so grateful that we were able to travel and see parts of our country that we haven't already. This trip has really humbled me and brought to my attention how many amazing places there are in America and just how much beauty there is all around us in general. I wanted to share some of my favorite shots and memories with you all! 

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE 

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brunch at marche. we had the most delicious croissant french toast.

pinewood social, where you can dine but also bowl.

That's about all I have from Nashville. We were way too busy having fun for me to focus on photos. We loved it there so much! There was no shortage of coffee and good eats. One thing I really appreciated about this city is the sense of community and encouragement from one another to flourish. Whether it be fashion, music, or cooking, everyone in Nashville seemed to want each other to succeed and really make their city something special. I think it certainly was. 

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA

cafe au lait and beignets. all i can say is that i wish i could eat these every single day for the rest of my life.

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I really cannot express how much I loved this city. It's bursting with history, culture, and beignets (which seriously......I want to eat everyday). The architecture was absolutely beautiful and something I've never seen before. We originally had reservations at a popular restaurant, but canceled them when we discovered a little place in the French Quarter that specialized in italian creole food. To say it was a good decision is an understatement. It's so hard for me to write about this place to make it seem as amazing as it was, but let's just say I may or may not have cried tears of happiness there. What can I say?! I get emotional *insert shrugging emoji here*.

FROM AUSTIN, TEXAS TO NEW MEXICO

I actually took almost no photo's in Austin. We stayed with our friend Angela and spent 2 days with her and our other friend Nicole, both who've lived there for a few years. They were amazing hosts and tour guides and helped make our stay as fun as possible. Many tacos were had. Many, many tacos. These photos are from our drive through Texas and into New Mexico/Utah.

the largest windmill farm i've ever seen. they stretched for as far as my eyes could see.

new mexico sunset.

MOAB, UTAH AND ARCHES NATIONAL PARK

We stayed in a luxury tent in the Moab desert. It was probably the most humbling thing I have ever done. I woke up around 5:30am and walked outside of our tent to see the most breathtaking sunrise I may ever see, a huge sky, a calm yet very present desert, and bunnies hopping around the red dirt paths. I wish I could live in that moment forever.

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After visiting Utah and driving through New Mexico, I never really stopped thinking about them. I don't think I could find a place that made me feel like the desert did. The open space was unforgiving and begged for your attention. I know that it now has mine probably forever. For the first time, I finally felt like I understood how small we all are in the grand scheme of the world, and that the quest to be happy is really all that matters. 

COLORADO

Overall, our trip was perfect. Every place we went was completely different and I loved them all for their own reasons. I can honestly say that I didn't want to come home. The adventure and yearn to learn more and see more is still burning within me. Thankfully, I do live in one of the best cities in the world, and if I learned anything from traveling around my country, it's to appreciate everything you love and everything that you have yet to love.

Thanks for reading! I hope I've inspired you to get out and explore :)