Aaron retired from the military in 2015. Ever since then, random car trips have become more and more normal for our family. We decided to head to Colorado for a mini vacation before the kids had to go back to school. The decision was made like two days before we left lol HA! I thought finding a hotel on New Year’s Eve was going to be a pain, but there was a ton of availability! We packed up the kids, dropped the dogs off at grandpa’s house, and off to Colorado we went!

Kelcie wanted to see the snow, so we headed up to Pike’s Peak to show her “real” snow. Lesson learned, always read the pamphlet the park ranger guy gives you before heading up the mountain. It lets you know approximately how much gas you need to make the entire trip. lol We made it all the way to the top, coasted down, prayed we had enough gas to get off the mountain, and somehow made it to the gas station after our little adventure. <3

Other photographers seem to master vacation photography for their own “personal” vacations. I, on the other hand, fail at this time and time again. Before we left, I made sure to pack my dslr to get better quality images vs. just settling for my iPhone pictures. This trip I “succeeded” in this and managed to take a whole 3 pictures. AND the funny part is, I’m not even sure I’m photographing the right mountain because it was so cold that was all I could focus on lol HA!!! #winning lol HA!

Colorado vacation to pike's peak

Aperture: ƒ/4.5 | Camera: Canon EOS 6D | Focal length: 30mm | ISO: 500 | Shutter speed: 1/400s |

Colorado vacation to pike's peak