Friday, July 3, 2015

Road Trip: Day 1 - Saguaro National Park and Abandonments

For years I had wanted to aimlessly travel the American Southwest or really just about anywhere. I love to travel and see new things. I love the adventure of heading out without any solid plans and seeing what I can find. Last year Kaylah and I made that dream a reality when we flew from Cleveland to Denver and spent the week driving across six states. Ever since that first trip my travel bug has been insatiable. Travel has become the driving force behind everything that I do. Save money. Buy supplies. Research cool locations. It's always on my mind. I took little trips here and there throughout the year, but then almost exactly one year after our first trip out west, Kaylah and I headed back for round two. This time we flew into Phoenix. There was one thing that neither of us were able to photograph as well as we wanted to on the original trip, and that was the Saguaro Cactus, and as it turns out there's an entire national park dedicated to these massive cacti. 

So our very first stop was Saguaro National Park. Shortly after we got there it started to rain. Not too hard but hard enough that we retreated to the car. We didn't have to wait long for the rain to stop, and when it did the desert greeted us with the grueling Arizona heat that we've both come to love and hate. 

Our Ford Fusion from Alamo. This was the first time that I was able to pick out my own car from a parking lot of cars. Kaylah like this one because it was red. I liked it because it was a hatchback. It turned out to be a really great choice. It got incredible gas milage and although it was a little sluggish going up hills, it was still fun to drive.

The receding rain clouds.

This little guy was trying to hide.

We left the Tucson area and started heading towards the Salton Sea and stumbled across our first roadside abandonment of the trip.

It wasn't the most exciting abandoned building, but I do love the desert setting.

Our first Arizona sunset. I had to pull over to capture it. 

Day one was a pretty simple easy going day. I was still nervous about the trip at that point. I was worried that it wouldn't hold up to our expectations after such an amazing trip last year. 

Photos taken with a Canon 6D, using a Canon 20mm f/2.8, Canon 135mm f/2.0, and Canon 35mm f/1.4.

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