November 13, 2015


Mmmmmm I love the desert. I don't know what it is about this place, but I'm officially obsessed. Moab is a 6 hour drive from our front doorstep (uh, when you're not driving in a blizzard, which we were, so it was technically a 9 hour trip for us. Boo.) and it's kind of just become a little tradition over the years for us to getaway in the fall (and sometimes the spring too!) to this beautiful area. This is probably the 5th or 6th time I've been to Moab and it just seems to get better each time! Before you know it, we'll probably just move there. I kid, I kid. Kinda.

We stayed at a place called The Red Cliffs Lodge, which has become "our" place over the years. It's absolutely awesome. It's beautiful. It's affordable. It sits right on the river and in the heart of some of the best places to explore. They have a killer on-site restaurant and a to-die-for Sunday brunch. They even have their own vineyards and winery too! Mmmm wine....

 It's tempting to stick with tried and true hikes and adventures in this area. There's 2 National Parks right here and an abundance of awesome trails that we've done before. But we decided this time we should try new stuff.

Our first day was a hike through Negro Bill's Canyon to Morning Glory Arch. I've driven by the trailhead 40 times over the years but have never stopped to hike it. What a fun hike! There was very little elevation gain except for the very end. About 5 miles roundtrip and at the end is a beautiful arch called Morning Glory arch. We got to see a few people repelling down it, pretty cool!
It may be winter in Colorado now, but fall was in full force out in Utah. The trees were beautiful! Here's a photo of Morning Glory arch above the yellow foliage. Beautiful!

After our hike, we drove around Castle Valley and Fisher Towers. These two areas are super popular for commercials and movies. There are dozens and dozens of movies that have been filmed in this area. Mission Impossible, Thelma & Louise, and pretty much every John Wayne movie ever.

On our second day, we headed over to Dead Horse State Park, which sits right next to Canyonlands. You get all the beautiful views of Canyonlands without all the motorhomes and RVs clogging the roads. David did a 14 mile mountain bike ride and I did a 5 mile hike along the eat rim. I picked a less populated trail in the hopes of finding a little solitude. My reward at the end was astounding. I sat on the edge of a cliff (couldn't have done that 9 months ago with my vertigo!) and listened to the wind blow through the canyons below. It was pure silence and pure perfection. See the edge of the cliff in the photo below? That's where I sat. Pretty cool!
 I snapped a few long exposures on the ledge
Our third day was probably my favorite of all. We hiked to Bowtie and Corona arch. They're not in a park of any sort, just a standard trailhead and a 3 mile hike to see them. Wowza! What an incredible spot! I was also pretty jazzed because this made for my 3rd day of hiking in a row...a true sign that I getting back to normal after surgery! I'm not 100% yet and this trip gently reminded me of that. David caught the picture below where I was attempting to look up at the arch. I was soooo off balance, I had to keep my arms out and my feet super wide in order to not fall over. Haha! Nothing to worry about, but looking straight up like this isn't a regular part of my vestibular therapy. I suppose it should be if I want to ever look up at arches again without falling over. :)

 Can you spot David?

Here you can see both Bowtie arch (left) and Carona arch (right)

After our hike out to Corona arch, we headed back to CO. Thankfully our drive home was less eventful with no blizzards to speak of. Our long weekend to Utah was one of the best trips we've had in a while. I'm so lucky God gave me such an awesome travel partner, hiking buddy and best friend like David. We have so much fun on trips like this, I'm just the luckiest girl to have him!

November 5, 2015

This & That

  • This is a tough one.. David and I have felt God leading us away from our church of 9 years. I tried to fight it for a while as we talked about exploring other churches in our area. But as we have prayed over the past year (yes, it's been on our hearts that long, we just haven't felt convicted to move into action until now), it has become clear to us that God is indeed moving us in a different direction. Our prayer right now is just that God would guide us to wherever He wants us to be...even if that is right back at our current church at the end of our exploring. We're trusting Him to navigate us through this process. I'm sad, nervous, excited, hopeful and overwhelmed all at the same time (typical). Searching for a solid, Biblical church is exhausting. Gone are the days of just being able to go into a church and trust that it's a place full of people seeking Truth. Case in point, there's a new church being built in our neighborhood right now. It's a super cute building, it's going to have a day care center, book store and a coffee shop inside. I looked at their website only to find out they are a part of one of the largest Christian cults in America. Lots of wolves in sheep's clothing out there. But, hopefully at the end of our search, God will have lead us to a place that feels like home. Let the searching begin!

  • In September I had the opportunity to spend a week in Aspen with my mom and sister (and Lulu of course!!!) and I'm just now getting around to looking through photos of our trip. I had 3 elopements in the area so we decided it would be fun to just rent a house and hang for the week. We hiked, took scenic drives, ate a lot of pizza, relaxed on the patio, played with Lu and just had a wonderful time connecting and enjoying the beauty around us.

  • A few weekends ago, we were invited to stay at a beautiful lodge in the Snowy Mountains in Wyoming with some dear friends of ours. Each year we do a photoshoot swap for each other so that we have some updated pictures. In years past, we've gone to some beautiful locations, but this one was one of my favorites. The lodge rents out rustic cabins which we got to stay in. We fished, took photos, shared meals, played poker, hiked and just had a wonderfully relaxing weekend away.

 I swear this wild man of mine is never happier than when he has a fishing pole in his hands. He caught 5 fish in less than an hour!
  • David and I have both been dyyyyying to go to the desert lately. It's been a year since we were last there and we're kind of crawling out of our skin to get back. There's just something about the's healing, inspiring, peaceful, vibrant and just a heck of a lot of fun! So to the desert we go. We're taking a long weekend away. Still not sure where we're going yet...maybe Moab or maybe not. Maybe Capitol Reef or maybe not. We'll just let the Spirit move on this trip :)

  • Something has to happen soon with my hair. The area which was shaved for surgery is starting to grow in really well. It's about 4 inches long now and it's getting out of control. In another month or two, it's going to be really obvious that a big chunk of my hair doesn't look right. Up until now I've been able to hide it all really well. Most people can't tell I'm missing any hair at all (pro tip: if you have brain surgery, make sure your brain surgeon is based in L.A. and has bought into the SoCal lifestyle that places a high value on looking good. He'll minimize the hair you lose and the size of your scar. *wink*wink*) but in a few months, I think a big change will be coming so that all my hair can be the same length again. Long bob perhaps?

  • It's my off-season now and things have slowed down enough to finally start reading for pleasure again. David and I both want to be more intentional with our down-time and not get too sucked into TV, movies or Pinterest (me, not him ha!). I'm keeping a running list of books I want to read but I'd love to add a few new ones to the list. Have you read anything good lately? Please share!
  • David and I signed up for Apple Music a few months ago and I'm finally starting to get the hang of it. Recently I've discovered a TON of Christian artists that I never knew existed. Apparently there is a whole genre of Christian folk music that I never knew about. I love listening to Christian music, but sometimes listing to straight worship music all day while I work is a bit much. So I've been really enjoying this new niche of music. It's a very chill, folky, acoustic, coffee-house style. Some bands and lyrics and aren't overtly spiritual, some are. I personally think there's still a lot of power in believers of God creating and making music that is inspired by God even if every lyric isn't explicitly about God. Here's a few of the artists I've discovered if you're looking to add to your Christian music collection: Loud Harp, Strahan, Kye Kye, Hunter G K Thompson, A Boy and His Kite, John Mark McMillan, Lovelite, All The Bright Lights, Andrew Ehrenzeller and Harvest. My favorite so far is Strahan. Good grief, he is good.

October 20, 2015

Soul Care

Looking back on it, I can recognize that what I experienced this summer was probably a "dark night of the soul." I didn't see it at the time. At the time, I just felt spiritually burdened, alone, confused and pretty hopeless. For a while I wondered if it was depression, which I have struggled with in the past. It felt like a familiar feeling...and yet, different. Then I thought maybe it was an identity crisis of some sort. But even that didn't explain the extent of things that I was feeling. I thought maybe it was spiritual warfare, but I'm really sensitive to spiritual attacks and can identify them pretty quickly. While this was certainly darkness, it wasn't darkness from the evil realm. 

In hindsight, I fit almost exactly what Saint John of the Cross described in his poem "Dark Night of the Soul". He literally describes a dark night of the soul to be "a contemplative purgation or nakedness and poverty of spirit." Yes. That. 

My first 2 failed spinal tap attempts certainly triggered it. But this dark night wasn't just about spinal taps and it wasn't just contained to that exam room. It wasn't about frustration with medical appointments and a slow healing process. It extended into my everyday, my prayer life, my job, my marriage. I think it was just my time. My time to fall apart and fall to a spiritual depth that I have not known since becoming a Christian 12 years ago. If you talked to me at all this summer, you probably picked up on it. My typical "joyful in the Lord" personality had a quieter, withdrawn, reticent quality to it as I worked through my confusion, pain and internal wrestling. 

Saint John of the Cross explicitly states that a dark night of the soul is all about union with God, not separation from Him, although it might not feel that way when you're actually in it. The dark night ultimately prepares you for a deeper union and connection with God. You're stripped of all you know in order to enter into a new level with God. It's intentionally disorienting. Intentionally disintegrating.

I can't say for sure that I'm fully out of it, I know it's a process that doesn't happen overnight. But I'm on my way. I have more clarity than I did back in July and my hope and understanding have begun to be restored. God's tender care has begun to restore my heart again. I am so very thankful for that!

The restoration has come through the process of "soul care." 

It started as I was looking up Fall class schedules to audit at Denver Seminary. I wanted to get back in the classroom and keep learning, but knew I couldn't keep up with an Old Testament or Exegesis of Revelation class haha! So I started looking at the Christian Formation program and one class stuck out to me. It was called "Scripture, Formation and Soul Care." It immediately grabbed me. I could practically feel God saying "Hey Beck, your soul has taken a beating. You should probably learn how to care for your soul. Take this class!" Got it, God. And so I signed up.

The class has been nothing short of amazing. It is truly what my heart and soul needed in this season of life. I didn't really know what to expect. I mean, how does one take care of their soul? Is soul care really a thing? Is that different than taking care of your heart, mind or body? And if so, what does it look like?

One aspect of Soul Care that we are learning in class is called Lectio Divina. I'd never heard of it before, but interestingly enough, just a few weeks before class started, one of my Bible study leaders game me a book called "Broken Body, Healing Spirit: Lectio Divina and Living with Illness." I didn't quite understand what it meant at the time, but since starting this class, the book has become invaluable to me.
Lectio Divina is a Benedictine practice that is all about experiencing (not studying or memorizing) God's Word through meditation and praying the Scriptures. It's about calming your mind and experiencing the Living Word through the written Word. It's unlike any way I've ever approached the Bible before. There's no "right way" necessarily, but there are some steps involved in the traditional form of Lectio Divina. They involve silence, slowly reading & meditating on God's Word, praying through the Scripture and finally contemplating your experience.

I have to free myself of feeling like there is a "right" way to do this, lifting expectations and just allowing the time to be what God intends it to be. It's a pretty open-ended process, which I struggle with sometimes. I like having solid expectations, knowing what's going to come. And this goes against all of that, but it's been very rewarding so far! 

One thing I love about praying through the Psalms is that the Psalms are full of emotions...emotions we don't necessarily feel permitted to really feel towards God. Like doubt, anger, fear, complaining, lamenting, hurt. But the Psalms give us full permission to identify those emotions and bring them to God. My friend Stacy told me a few weeks ago on the phone after my botched spinal tap attempts that my feelings of God abandoning me sounded downright Biblical. "Really?" I thought, "it doesn't sound like a very godly way to talk." Low and behold, those very words are found in Psalm 22. In fact, Jesus quoted Psalm 22 while he was on the cross. The Psalms give us permission to feel all the feelings. To pray about them, dwell on them, let them rise to the surface, cry them out and let God care for your heart in the process. There are few few emotions that aren't found in the Psalms. Murderous rage? Check. Abandonment? Check. Despair, anger, joy, fear, hope, encouragement, sadness and discouragement? Check check check.

A few other aspects this class touches on are spiritual retreats, meeting with a spiritual director, guided meditation and reflective writing. Honestly, they are things I don't have much experience with (aside from reflective writing) but I'm coming to realize how impactful they can be as I begin to integrate them into my spiritual walk with God. Sometimes my time with God can be so's all about knowledge, Bible studies, memorizing, learning, learning, learning. Of course there's nothing wrong with learning, but sometimes I miss experiencing God because I'm too focused on learning. It's nice to introduce experiential dynamics back into my walk with God.

There's a lot of ins and outs to soul care and I have only been exposed to the tip of the iceberg. I can see how soul care can lead a strong Christ follower into new seasons of self-reflection, growth and spiritual maturity. And I've certainly seen how it can lead a hurting, limping, wounded soul into a season of healing and restoration. My soul has already received an abundance of care, who knows how awesome I'll feel by the time the class is over in December! :)

October 13, 2015

S l o w e r

We'll also call this post my 6 month post-op report. Hard to believe it's been 6 months since I had surgery to repair a tiny broken bone, deep in my skull, underneath my brain. Some days it feels like forever ago and some days (like today) it feels like it just happened. Being here, at 6 months post-op has brought with it joys and challenges.

I met with my local neurotologist in Denver who was blown away by all my progress. Based on my hearing and balance tests and the normal results from my latest spinal tap, he officially said I didn't need to keep seeing him (unless of course, I experience seizures, double vision or migraines..all things to watch out for due to the cysts on my brain). Hallelujiah! So as of Sept. 1st, I am DONE with surgery, neurologists, testing, bills, appointments, spinal taps, follow-ups and pretty much everything medically related to SCDS. YAAAAAY! :) What a massive relief to have all of that stuff over and done with. It's been a l o o o o  o n g 15 months full of medical stuff and I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel, praise God!

Along with that news, comes the fact that I just feel better. I know I say this with each month that has gone by, but I just feel so much better. I've made tons of progress in 6 months and I'm so grateful that my progress has been steady and uneventful for the most part. I'm still a part of a SCDS support group and there are many people who had surgery around the same time as me, who are deaf in one ear, developed infections, developed spinal fluid leaks, still struggle with vertigo and some who feel worse now than before surgery. Yikes. It makes me grateful for my healing journey. What I went through is not a easy thing, not something you can bounce back from every time. So I am very grateful!

I think that since I got that clean bill of health and I also started to really feel better around the same time, I sort of took off at 90mph. I went hiking, did a 4000 mile road trip, photographed a gazillion elopements, went to Aspen for a week, dinner with friends, had many late nights editing 25,000 photos (not an exaggeration!), trips to the mountains, more photo shoots, I started 3 Bible studies, started class at Seminary, grocery store trips, dry cleaning, trips to Denver, errands galore!!

And suddenly, I didn't feel so great anymore.

The past 2 weeks I have just felt really "off." I've had a few dizzy spells, I've been exhausted, I've had some ear and incision pain, headaches, restless night's sleep.  I've had several moments of confusion where I can't understand something that David is explaining to me (scary). I feel like I took a solid 20 steps backwards. I was pretty baffled by it for a while. Like, why are some of my symptoms returning? Why do I not feel well? What. The. Heck.

And then I realized...oh yeah, I'm still recovering from surgery. It's a 12 month recovery period. Not a 6 month recovery period. I am not done healing. And healing requires rest. It requires a slower pace of life. It requires walking (honestly, I had not gone on one single physical therapy walk in 7 wonder I was getting dizzy!!). It requires little stress and low stimulation. And have I been doing ANY of that? Nope. So as of today, that changes. I have one photoshoot left and then my off-season begins and I can slow things down and be more intentional about giving myself the space to heal.

I guess this is the downside of trying to run a business and heal from brain surgery. I had this fear that my business was going to fail this year since I wasn't able to operate it "normally". That if we weren't out there crushing it every week, we would become obsolete. And so every inquiry I received, I allowed Andrea (my associate photographer) to book. After August when my doctor said "you're good to go!", I booked every single client who contacted me. Every single one.

Ironically, this year, the year where I wanted to take things slowly so to allow myself time to heal, turned out to be my busiest year to date. We took on almost 50 wedding clients this summer between the 2 of us. Absurd. Unnecessary. Counterproductive. Fear-driven. I stopped trusting the Lord to provide for my business and keep things afloat. And instead I took things into my own hands at the expense of my health. And now I am paying for it.

Thankfully, I have repented and realigned with what I feel God is telling me to do..."slow your roll, Beck" (and yes, I think God can speak to us in pop culture slang haha!). I have handed the reigns to this little business and my healing back over to the One who is really in charge of it all. I have committed to saying no more often, to declining invitations, to taking more walks and being more intentional with rest. I find it so interesting, that as someone who is a big advocate for living slower, simpler lives, obeying the Sabbath and creating margin in our lives...I happened to be doing the exact opposite, during a time when rest was of utmost importance. It's humbling, embarrassing, sobering. But I'm thankful for God's correction and grace as I get back on to a slower, more intentional path towards complete healing.

*Random side note that I don't want to forget to mention, but also doesn't really have a good place to fit into this post to I am just sticking it here....I have another broken bone in my head. I know. What the heck.

When I went to see that local neurotologist in Denver, I said "ya know, I still can hear my heartbeat in my ear sometimes...why do you think that is?" He spent about 30 minutes looking through my CT imaging until he landed on a suspicious black area. "There should be a solid piece of bone here, but you don't have it" he said. Basically, another area on my right side, called the Sigmoid Sinus plate has worn away. There is a vein that runs right next to the area, thus exposing my auditory canals to the sounds of blood flowing through the vein. Thankfully, the only symptom of this is pulsatile tinnitus (hearing your heartbeat). It will not impact anything else like balance, so I am free to just live with it and leave it alone if I want to. I can also choose to fix it, which would require a similar, but less invasive skull-based bone grafting surgery. But honestly, I don't want to do anything that would potentially impact my SCDS repair, so I am choosing to leave it alone. Now, ask me in 10 years if I want to keep living with it and my answer may be different. But for now, we'll let it be.

I just think it's really interesting that the very first symptom of SCDS I ever had was pulsatile tinnitus. Surgery did help with its intensity, but to know that it is due to an entirely different dehiscent bone is just really interesting to me. Frustrating. But interesting.

September 26, 2015


3,512 miles was the total over the last 10 days. That's how many miles it took to drive CO-->NE-->IA-->IL-->IN-->OH-->KY-->TN-->-->KY-->IL-->MO-->KS-->CO Phew!

David has wanted to do the Kentucky Bourbon Trail for years and after finding out he had a business conference in Lexington, we thought it made pretty good sense to just stay a little longer and explore all that Kentucky has to offer! I really wanted to bless David with this trip...he's done so much for me over the last year. I wanted him to have a vacation he'd love and I'm pretty sure he loved every second! :)

I am not ready to fly again (it's going to be awhile before I subject myself to that experience again! Brain surgery + pressurized airplanes = no bueno) and I had a funeral in IL to attend, so I combined the funeral with driving to Kentucky. It all lined up really well! I drove to Chicago last Tuesday,14.5 hours in one straight shot! I spent a few days in Chicago with family before heading out for a short little 6 hour drive to Lexington, where we started our Bourbon Trail experience.

The Kentucky Bourbon Trail is a really fantastic thing. It's a combo of brilliant marketing and lots of great distilleries dotted throughout the state. You get a "passport" with all the distilleries in it. Basically, you visit all the different distilleries, collecting stamps from each distillery and at the end of your trail, you can submit your completed passport for a t-shirt. Not a bad deal! It's a great way to see some really cool bourbon distilleries and also some beautiful parts of the state! 

Our tour was pretty inefficient in terms of driving route, but it kind of had to be that way due to starting in Lexington, hotel availability and working around distillery hours. There was some backtracking, but we got to take some scenic routes and see parts of the state we would have otherwise missed.

Kentucky Bourbon Trail: Day 1
We started out in Lexington, where David had his conference. We left in the morning and headed towards Louisville and visited Evan Williams and Bulliet. Evan Williams was really neat, they had a great interactive tour and put a big emphasis on the history of the area and distilling. We got caught up in a tour full of Clemson football fans, we were the only ones not wearing orange haha!

 Bulleit was not my was in a weird industrial part of town and I kinda didn't want to get out of my car. We didn't do a tour here, just wandered around the grounds, gift shop and took some photos.
Then we headed over to our final tour for the day, which was at Woodford Reserve. We almost missed our tour due to construction traffic, but we discovered a one-lane backroad (one of many that we drove on in Kentucky haha!) and got there just in time. Woodford was reaaaaaally busy! They have gorgeous property and seem to gear their marketing to a higher-end clientele, so the entire place was full of golfers and fancy ladies, not what you'd typically picture for a bourbon crowd!
We stayed at a really cool inn called the Woodford Inn in Versailles, KY. It is an historic inn that also has a restaurant attached. We had a great meal and a wonderful night's sleep. The neighborhood nearby was having a "block party" which we explored after dinner. You haven't lived unless you've been to a Kentucky block party, let me tell you :)

Kentucky Bourbon Trail: Day 2
We deviated off of the trail in the morning to hit up one of David's favorite places, Buffalo Trace. We got there early in the morning and did the first tour of the day. We both agreed this was our favorite tour. It was super informative, our tour guide was awesome and they did a great tasting after (can I just say it's weird to be tasting bourbon at 10am?).

I'm not a big fan of straight bourbon, but Buffalo Trace makes this delicious stuff called Bourbon Cream, which is just bourbon mixed with cream. They combined some with root beer and it was SO good. I had to buy some since you can't find it out in Colorado. 
Buffalo Trace's beautiful grounds
 We did a quick visit to Wild Turkey and Four Roses before heading over to Maker's Mark. Maker's Mark is another one of David's favorites, so we spent a lot of time exploring and doing a tour of the distillery. They have some really beautiful areas!
 They let you dip your own bottle in red wax to seal it at Maker's Mark. David did a great job, he's a total pro! After the tour, we drove to Bardstown, KY to stay in an adorable cottage we rented for 2 nights. The Kentucky Bourbon Fesitval was going on in town, so every single hotel was booked for the weekend. This was the only place available and we were so lucky that it turned out to be fabulous! When I booked, there were no photos of the cottage so we walked into this one totally blind and just hoped for the best. Lucky us, it was perfect!

 They even included breakfast at the cottage. It came pre-stocked with fruit, pastries, juice, yogurt and other breakfast goodies. And if that wasn't enough, there was an amazing bakery just across the street. Perfect! We visited the Kentucky Bourbon Festival while staying in Bardstown. It was quite the experience!

Kentucky Bourbon Trail: Day 3
We enjoyed some bourbon coffee (yes, it's a real thing!) on our front porch before heading out for our third day on the trail! We started with a craft distillery, which was a really nice change! Most of the distilleries we visited were massive and had enormous productions. Craft distilleries do small batches, sometimes less than 5 barrels. They do interesting flavors and unique techniques that the larger distilleries just can't do. Willett is just a stone's throw away from several large distilleries. We had a great tour at Willett, they really took their time explaining their process and allowing you to explore.
(Why do I look so creepy in this picture?!)They let you taste the mash as it's cooking! It's like a weird sour porridge made of corn, barley and wheat or malt. Not very good. It's amazing that they can take a bunch of this stuff and turn it into a $70 bottle of liquor. 

We went from this tiny craft distillery to the 2 biggest distilleries in Kentucky, Heaven Hill and Jim Beam. We did a "connoisseur experience" tour at Heaven Hill, where we got to sample 4 of their most expensive bourbons, including a 23 year Elija Craig that sells for $300! I don't have enough knowledge or a mature palette for bourbon, so I took a little sip of each and then passed my sample along to David who could actually appreciate what he was tasting haha! 
Jim Beam had some truly beautiful grounds. I loved visiting here! They also had a really cool tasting system, with little machines that dispensed your samples out. They have a lot of history on their property, from the Beam's first farmhouse to their first still. It was beautiful to walk through. 

Kentucky Bourbon Trail: Day 4
Day four was a little less about bourbon and a little more about sightseeing and nature walking. A nice break :) We headed into the Daniel Boone National Forest and Red River Gorge area, which I had read was a "must-see" when visiting Kentucky. We did 2 hikes in the morning, one to Sky Bridge and one to Rock Bridge. Sky Bridge was cool because it was a natural arch that you could walk on top of and under! 
David bought me a new camera backpack for my birthday last November. It is the only backpack built specifically for female photographers! It was in production all year and it finally shipped to me at the end of August, just in time for me to try it out on our trip! LOVE it! :)

Sky Bridge
Rock Bridge. This was really cool! Somehow the water from the river cut through this rock, making a bridge out of the rock. I've seen plenty of rock arches before, but non with water flowing underneath them!
 David grabbed a candid of me taking photos of a waterfall. Here's the photo that I took:
The colors were just starting to turn. I really want to go back sometime when it's in full swing, I'm sure it's just beautiful! After the Red River Gorge area, we drove down south through some winding country roads until we reached Cumberland Falls. I originally wasn't sure if we were going to be able to make this stop, but I am SO glad we did! The falls were breathtakingly beautiful and we had the entire state park to ourselves, there was absolutely no one there!
That night we stayed in the most amazing place. When I thought about visiting Kentucky, I always had a vision of staying in a little country cabin with a wrap-around porch. I searched and searched and finally found this little cabin. The pictures were blurry and terrible, but I had a hunch it was going to be a great place! As luck would have it, the property owner let us stay for free in exchange for some good photos of her place. Yay! How cute is this little place?!

Kentucky Bourbon Trail: Day 5-8 
We left the cabin in the woods and began our trek towards Nashville so that we could visit David's grandmother who lives there. We went through Bowling Green, stopped at another craft distillery called Cosair, ate lunch at an awesome place called Moriah's and then came into Nashville. Nashville seemed so congested and crazy compared to the open country in Kentucky! We did a quick 24 hour visit in Nashville before heading back towards CO. We stopped back in Kentucky and visited another craft distillery called MB Rolland. This place was literally in the in the middle of a corn field! They made more moonshine than bourbon, but we still enjoyed our time there. I found a pink lemonade moonshine that is yummmmy!
I'm wearing the t-shirt we got after turning in our completed passports, I think it's pretty cool! A stopover in Kansas City (with a delicious dinner at Jack Stack BBQ!) and then a 9.5 hour drive back to CO and we were home! 3,512 miles, 7 days, 12 distilleries, 16 bottles of bourbon, 80+ different tastings and we made it back happier than when we left! We had a wonderful time exploring Kentucky, getting to experience the food, culture, people and natural beauty of this area. I'm certain we'll be back again one day...

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