Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Finally an Update! ~ Personal {Oregon Photographer...Shelley Hohe}

I know it has been awhile since i have posted on my blog...please forgive me. I also know i was supposed to blog during our "Tour Across the US" but like i had a feeling i ended up having so much fun that at the end of the day i was wiped out! Plus i took over 2000 photos...yes that's right...2000, which i had a hard time figuring out which ones i was going to post. Well now that i am finally done uploading, editing and saving all these photos i took, let me take you back to March 1oth.......

March 1oth we left for our road trip from Oregon to North Carolina. It took us about 5 days to drive there and along the way we stopped in Nevada, Salt Lake City, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee. Salt Lake city was absolutely beautiful and between SLC to TN we didn't stop much because it was just down right freezing and there was not much too see except flat land (that's right not a Starbucks in sight!). Although we did stop in Kansas to check out a Wizard of Oz Museum which i really enjoyed being that it's one of my favorite childhood movies and in St. Louis we made a quick stop to see the Arch. In Tennessee we were able to visit with my brother and sister in law which was so much fun and yes i did get some of his famous pecan pie, let me tell you it was oh so good. It was so funny because they said the look on my face when i was taking each bite was like pure joy and it was! Our last stop... Pinehurst NC to see my family :)!

We stayed in NC for a week which was so great! We loved staying at my dad and step-mom's house. My step-mom was so hospitable, the entire upstairs of their house is made up for guests. It was like staying at a fancy bed & breakfast and my dad even took a WHOLE week off from golf to spend time with us..i feel so loved!!! We had a very relaxing time hanging out and fishing at the lake behind their house, driving to Myrtle Beach, SC to see the Atlantic Ocean, going to Pinehurst Golf and Country Club and being able to visit with my step sisters and their families. After having such a wonderful and memorable week with them, it was really hard to have to say goodbye!

On our way back to Oregon we decided to take a different route, driving through Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Nevada. On our way back through Tennessee an old high school friend of mine highly recommended that we stop to eat at a Cracker Barrel. We did and it became a "favorite" place we stopped at quite often on our trip back home. Being that there are Cracker Barrels everywhere EXCEPT the west coast, sadly Arizona being the last place to have a CB...we stopped one last time. I loved sitting in the white rocking chairs in front of their restaurant and i sure do miss their sweet tea....yummmm! We also stopped in Memphis to see the MLK JR. Museum and Graceland...sure would have liked my sister to be with us, she is a huge Elvis fan! In Arizona we went to the Meteor Crater Museum and one of our favorite places we were able to see was the amazing and beautiful Grand Canyon. It was absolutely breathtaking. It is one place everyone must make a point to see sometime in their life. In Nevada we drove over the Hoover Dam and we also spent the night in Vegas.

This road trip was such a blessing to our family. We were able to spend quality time together without the day to day interruptions like bills, phone calls, work, me having to clean our house, etc. and we were able to see almost half of the US. "21" states all together and the best part was meeting so many nice people along the way. This is one geography assignment our kids will never forget! In the end it was very nice to get home to see our sweet kitty and of course sleep in our own bed...aaahhhh! During our road trip one of my favorite quotes from the Wizard of Oz kept popping up in my head, " if i ever go looking for my hearts desire again...i shouldn't look any further than my own back yard" after being on the road for over 3 weeks you really do realize "There's No Place Like Home!"

Once we arrived home our schedules became quite busy. We are in the process of moving to California. My husband went ahead of the kids and i to start marketing his business and in the meantime i have been quite busy being the mama, housekeeper, teacher, grocery shopper, bill payer, cook, house packer, photo downloader (remember the 2000 vacation photos), birthday planner and at the end of the day spending time talking on the phone with my husband. I just could not find the time to update this blog of mine till now.

In the next few months it will get even more busy with all of our family having birthdays in June (even our cat.....yes in order to be a part of our little family it's mandatory to have a June bday! :) we have our big move ahead of us and i am preparing to photograph my very first wedding in July....i am so excited!!! Just remember if i am not on my blog, i am just preparing for our new adventure and i look forward to moving my photography business to the North San Francisco Bay Area. I am so excited to be able to do some photo sessions for my family and friends down there..it will be so much fun!!! I am always on facebook so you can always catch me there for more frequent updates and if you want to become a fan on my facebook fanpage you can go here !

Below are some of my favorite photos from our trip:
1. Salt Lake City Churches
2. Poppy and Nonnie's Lake
3. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
4. Fishing with Poppie
5. The Grand Canyon



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