Way, way back in August of last year when our dear Grace turned ten (ten?!?!?) my gift to her was a daddy daughter road trip just for us. Well, as it usually does, life got all in the way and it took all the way until February for me to figure out how and where to go. Granted, I might have been killing two birds with one stone *just* a bit but when the opportunity to fly to Colorado to buy a new to me Toyota 4runner came up, I knew I also had the perfect road trip opportunity for us. See, having lived in Southern California my whole life and road tripped a good many times, the idea of doing another out and back trip around here in as far as we could get in a few days was just not quite as exciting. Now, a one way road trip across the best of the west? Now that is something I can get very excited about. So anyway, I found this car, arranged a deal, and a couple days later Grace and I packed up clothes, camping gear, and cameras and hopped on a flight to Denver. We met the seller at the airport, threw down some cash, and embarked on a 5 day road trip back home.
It goes without saying, I love my dear daughter to the moon and back...but in all honesty, sometimes it's difficult to remember that when you're at home all the time dealing with homeschooling, breaking up fights between her and Jasper, and getting way too much attitude thrown at you from someone so small (do i have a 10 year old or a 13 year old?!?!?). Getting out on the road with just Grace and I was such a gift for the both us. It's amazing how when all of the factors that make her have drama, and me in turn have to be a disciplinary dad are removed we were just able to be two friends who love exploring, nature, and wide open spaces. We saw some truly amazing things during our time together, but most of the time I just sat back in awe at the amazing human my baby girl is turning into. Grace turns eleven in a week and I think it might be time for another one of these trips...
* Leica Mini2 / Kodak Gold 200
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All the images below were taken by Grace on a manual focus (you go girl!) Nikon f3 with either a 35f2.8 or 180f2.8 on Kodak Gold 200 film.