An hour outside my hometown we explored jagged points and crooked canyons in the Valley of Fire. The lands exploded with what looked like molten mountains and ember peaks. The sun made your skin crackle and sweat, even though it's supposed to be the dead of winter. We thanked the stars that we were not here in the sweltering inferno that is summertime. I'm thankful every day since starting this journey that I will never have to spend another summer in this part of the country ever again. ⛅️🌤☀️
Why, you ask? Summer in Las Vegas means being able to cook eggs on the sidewalk. Senior citizens are at major risk of falling and suffering 3rd degree burns because they can't get up from the blacktop. You can bake cookies in your car if you park in the sunlight. Your seatbelt burns you and leaves a mark if you don't wield it with care. Some days you have to drive with oven mitts, and nobody buys cars with leather interiors in fear of scorching seats. This is definitely home, but I'm happy I get to go wherever the living is easy and free. -T
We went on a day trip from Vegas to Valley of Fire. A little photography excursion with @khoa.lity and @jmynarcik. We had so much fun getting out and exchanging photography tips with friends.
A day trip out to the Valley of Fire coming to an end as the sky exploded into blazing tones of yellow and orange illuminating the orange and red rocks. Couldn't have asked for a prettier sunset. -N
We trekked to the top and this was our view. We celebrated our hike by basking in the warm winter sun, eating lunch, then taking a short nap. The sun was there to warn us darkness would be coming so we made our way back down to the base and headed home. Good thing home was parked close by.
🌎This insane hike is called Angel's Landing in Zion National Park. With sheer drops on either side of you, you shake with fear and exhilaration as you clutch chains all the way to the summit. Could you do this or are you afraid of heights? 🌏
Every peak and pebble. Every stream and sea. Every tree, vine, and leaf are all so magnificently unique. You'd think after spending days and days in the wilderness that one would get used to the nature that surrounds you. Not so. You come to appreciate all the tiny little nuances in each step of a forest path. You come to hold dear the twisting of a particular branch, or the softness of a mossy stump. The biggest realization for myself was understanding that every tiny little alcove is a world all it's own, and that's infinitely exciting for all of us who live to explore.
We had driven a few hours to get to Lake Tahoe and raced the setting sun for this view. We parked and darted down to the water to see the last moments of the sun that had guided our drive, dip below the horizon but not before giving us a sky full of color. Smiles on our faces, we walked by streetlight to get some delicious vegetarian food. -N
🌎We've got a whole planet ahead of us. A whole planet of friends, adventures, lessons, highs and lows, and everything we can't imagine. We're looking forward to every step of that path 🌏
I never thought I'd get here. Filming every day. I've been doing video work since I was 16 and making weird little short films as a kid. I was really off and on with it, always too scared to fully commit myself. And now...I'm siked to film everyday life, every day for the rest of my life. Its not exactly Hollywood, like I'd planned, but somehow I know this is exactly what I need to be doing. There's something humble and magnificent about filming everyday life. The beauty of the mundane. That's exhilarating to me, and I'm thrilled to be here. You can watch this series via the link in my bio. Cheers! -T
I've been working on expressing my gratitude with others. People feel valued, and you feel better for focusing on positive things. Let's make the world a brighter place. What is something you do just to do good? -N
🌏Currently dazzled underneath the glittering lights of Las Vegas, Troy & Nicole prepare for Christmas with his family🌎
"Live your life like a movie..." this was a promise I had made to myself many years ago. The cinema has always inspired me to live without limitations. To inhabit different worlds. It taught me that I am the hero of my own journey. That even if something seems utterly impossible, the Protagonist always finds a way through. Always. -T
365 sunsets a year and I'm determined to see and shoot them all. Each day's ending is also accompanied with a new place. Life is like a movie and everyday I feel like I'm living in my own dream. I guess I am.. and my dreams involve forever chasing the golden horizon. That's not too much to ask from life, right? -N
🌎A solitary dirt road that stretches on for 60 miles in the deserts of Utah. We play chess on the couch before opening up the engine for repairs, carefully calculating our food and water stores since we are after all, stranded🌏
I'm 25 years old and all I have to my name is a van to drive and a camera to film with. Some days, that's terrifying. I find myself scared that I've utterly failed at a proper life; but most days I'm more exhilarated to be alive than any other time in my life. Sure, this road is bumpy and uncertain, but it just feels right. I may not know what's at the end of it all, making this mad trek across the entire world. All I know is that this madness is also my destiny. -T🌌
Living in a van, we'll often go days, or even a couple weeks without a shower. This is obviously not one of those days. The van forces me to re-evaluate what's actually important. And finding a shower is part of the game. We've asked a back alley street artist. Cleaned the bathroom of the most stern British woman in charge of a Hare Krishna temple in exchange for a shower. Met up and stayed with friends. Messaged my 8th grade teacher and three hours later were parked in her driveway for the night. Pretended we were moving to the Seattle for a free day at the gym, of course ending with a shower. Turns out we're actually going to join YMCA now so we always know where we can find a shower. 😂-N
There could be more love in the world. There should be more love towards ourselves, others, Mother Earth, and everything in between. Don't forget to grab the butt of your significant other, pet and cuddle all animals in your line of sight, and send a Christmas card to a family member. I promise the world will be a better place. -N
Being back home feels strange. Everything is different and everything is exactly the same. It made me realize that our current version of the world is the only time it will ever exist, and after that time has moved on, it will cease to be. Just like all the ages of the Earth. Grand but destined for nonexistence. Everything beautifully and transcendentally fleeting. -T✈️