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Jul 15, 2013
posted in Personal, Travel

The second leg of our trip took us up to Beaver Creek and Vail, Colorado, where we ate, hiked, biked, and explored. It was gorgeous! I’m discovering a trend in my travels each year… something about the west always draws me in and beckons me to come. It has such a hold on me and it always will. Enjoy!

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Jul 15, 2013
posted in Personal, Travel

A couple of weeks ago, Zach and I took some much needed time off and traveled west. We had such a fun time during our week full of great sights, great food, great weather, great entertainment, and most of all, great company. Santa Fe was our first stop, and though we were only there for one full day and evening, there was so much to see. After an unforgettable margarita and meal at The Shed restaurant our first night, we plopped down on the grass in the Plaza, ate ice cream, and listened to a couple of great bands as part of their summer concert series. It was a summer evening for the books! The art was beautiful and the food was even more incredible. Here are some favorites from our time in Santa Fe!

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Sep 05, 2012
posted in Personal, Travel
This last July, my dad took me on my first trout bum trip in the Sierra Nevada. Not only did we hit 7 rivers in 4 days (The Little Truckee, The Truckee, The Carson, The Walker, The Owens, Hot Creek, and The San Joaquin), but we took 2 days to explore Yosemite National Park. My family shares a love of nature as it is, but we especially love the writings of John Muir and I love learning about all of his many adventures. Yosemite was a place he loved and wrote about in such a beautiful and poetic way, and I have always wanted to see it for myself. It was astounding. There are no words to fully describe its grandeur, and every photo almost made me mad as they never did it justice. Everyone needs to visit this part of the country.
We traveled down Highway 395, also known as “The Trout Route”. We stayed in small towns along the way and made sure to experience the local “flavor”, including a campsite concert in Markleeville, CA with local bluegrass bands. Talent included the vocals of “Beans” Sousa, a woman they call “Prairie Flower” with her painted upright bass in all of the colors of the rainbow, and a “Cactus Bob”. All under the stars. It was awesome to say the least. We also made sure to visit every fly shop along the way, which is always the best! Other highlights included seeing Lake Tahoe, Devil’s Postpile and the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoia trees just south of Yosemite. Though we didn’t have any luck with the fish, I’ll never forget this trip with my Pops. There is nothing better than being a trout bum in the west for a week. Enjoy some of the highlights below. The last shot of me was taken by my dad in the San Joaquin River.
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Aug 25, 2011
posted in Personal, Travel
At last! Part DEUX! The remainder of these photos include our visits to the genocide museum, the ancient temples of Angkor, and our last week spent in a remote village where we constructed a rain water collection tank (holds up to 44,000 liters of water!) that the villagers can filter their water from.
 
The genocide museum was one of the most shaking experiences we had there… I knew a little about Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge before we arrived in Cambodia, but I had no clue what kind of tragedy it really was. Over a third of the population in the 70’s- GONE. For no good reason. You walk the streets and literally do not see anyone, especially men, in their 40s, 50s, or 60s… it’s an insane reality, and it baffles me that it’s in our recent history. Our parents’ generation. The emotion that was felt that day is indescribable. I debated whether to post any photos from it simply because I didn’t necessarily want to re-visit it, but I feel like this is something everyone should know about and be exposed to… it MATTERS.

On a lighter note, the temples were unreal! We took a tourist weekend in Siem Reap and had so many adventures including scaling temple walls, riding elephants (which I got to check off my bucket list!), sweating more that we ever thought possible, and just being immersed in such an amazing history. We didn’t have time to see even a portion of the temples there, but we saw the big ones… I highly encourage a visit here! It was EPIC!
 
The last week was spent in a village where we stayed in a school, sleeping on cots surrounded by mosquito nets. The rains were good to us there, and even though it hindered construction a little bit, it was still so welcome! As I mentioned above, we constructed a giant water tank in a nearby school yard. We mixed a huge load of concrete, and had the privilege of working with some of the most incredible, patient, and hard-working men I’ve ever met. This was the first mission trip I’ve been on where I’ve left feeling like we did what we came there to do… we not only accomplished our missions on the labor side of things, but also made incredible relationships with people. The children were hilarious, and the teachers wanted a photo with our group before we left, along with the kids, as you’ll see at the end… I could talk for days, but instead, enjoy!
 
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Aug 21, 2011
posted in Personal, Travel
Where do I even begin?! First of all, thank you to everyone who has been so patient with me these past several weeks… Between this trip, getting married (I’m now Mrs. Kris Smith!), and setting up house, the past month has been a little bananas! The good news is that I’m back to business, with plenty of time to offer my clients a lot more!
Cambodia rocked me to my core… The wedding made it somewhat difficult to really be still upon our homecoming, and to take the time to reflect and begin to put the pieces together in my mind of what all happened there. I still can’t put my experience into words when someone asks me how it was. The truth is, there really are no words… just memories and the relationships that I made there. My photos are my words. So much so, that I had to break it up into two posts. Even then, they don’t do it justice.
I can tell you this: The people of Cambodia are the most beautiful and spirited people I have ever met. Though quiet and shy most of the time, they know no strangers, and they exhibit the kind of grace and hospitality that shakes your heart… They welcomed us with open arms and displayed what love looks like. The biggest lesson I learned was this: Love is simple, and can be made magnificent by simply loving others. A simple gesture can change the world. The sights we saw were unreal, the food we ate was amazing, the work we did was hard and meaningful, and the people we met were astounding. God is working in incredible ways there, and I can’t wait to return someday… I could go on and on, but for now, enjoy some of the beauty that is Cambodia…
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Part II comes later this week!
Aug 09, 2010
posted in Personal, Travel
One thing you should know about me is how much I adore my family. I had such an amazing time with my family in Colorado this past month… We ventured west for a family wedding reception in Pueblo, CO, where the Boevers side gathered for what is always a great time! Some of my favorite memories in life are when all of the Boevers cousins are together… for being so spread out, we are always able to pick up where we left off, and it’s so exciting to see how we are all continuously growing and changing! At the reception, we danced until my feet were blistered, and my knees were screaming at me… it. was. the. BEST!
 
Another thing you should know about me is how much I adore the outdoors. There is something so calming, refreshing, and exhilarating about nature that excites my every cell every time I immerse myself in it. My faith in God is totally overwhelmed by the site of such creation, and while I know I can’t fully capture the entire experience of these scenes in my camera, I decided to post some of my favorites… even though there’s a lot! We explored the most beautiful places in western Colorado, and got to fish the Roaring Fork, Frying Pan, Eagle, and Colorado Rivers. Needless to say, I was right in my element! I think it’s so important for everyone to get away for a little while in life… to take the time to recharge and be humbled. For me, this adventure was just what I needed and more. Enjoy some shots from our trip… 🙂

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“The mountains are calling, and I must go… ”  -John Muir-