Just last week, my mom and I took an impromptu trip to Colorado. It was more of a girl’s week than anything else. We stopped at National Parks to take pictures, spent a couple of days at our ranch, went to the Meeker Sheep Dog Trials, shopped at Peal Street in Boulder, toured Colorado University Boulder and celebrated my mom’s birthday. We were able to see the towns of Grand Junction, Eagle, Meeker and Boulder all during the short visit. It was truly a trip to remember.
Something my mom and I share is a love for road trips and wildlife photography. We started going on road trips together when I was about 6 years old. I used to compete in dance competitions and my mom always took me. Then when I turned 13 we started going on a longer road trips to photo shoots and modeling jobs. We would throw some clothes in a bag and hit the road. Even though we both will be the first to admit we aren't any professional photographers I would like to think we are professional road trippers.
As I’m reflecting on my childhood years and preparing for the transition to college, all I can say is I truly don't know where I would be without her.
Mom, I can't thank you enough for the past eighteen years. I'm forever grateful for you. I love you, happy birthday.