Rikki Rivera | Photographer » Wedding & Portrait Photography

Utah was one of the states we were looking forward to most. Never having been previously, the difference in their mountains compared to those of the Pacific Northwest were unreal. So massive, and just RIGHT THERE! I so wish we had time to hike more, but don’t worry, we will go back!

At this point in the trip, we were making stops more frequently. Never rushing when we found a place to explore a little. Allowing the kids and dogs sufficient time to run around and play, as well as make a healthy meal if needed. Eating healthy was priority on this trip, no junk food or fast food, proving we could put in the effort to take care of our bodies during a challenging time such as traveling. We only stopped to eat out if it was a place that one of us loved but don’t get to go to back home, which may have totaled twice. Sleeping in our camper wasn’t too bad either, the kids were always excited for this part of the adventure, and to claim a little piece of the RV for themselves, anxious to awake and see something new the next day.

I’m not sure I can do much justice with my images, but these are some of my favorites of the trip – next to Arches National Park, which I will show you next. I could shoot in front of those mountains every day! I just love this place!

Leaving Washington left us giddy and excited. We knew we had this incredible adventure ahead of us, and were still just so excited! I had this idea in my mind though, that we would get to visit state parks and hook up our RV often, etc… But that wasn’t really an option for us with only 26 days. I had a pending wedding, senior shoot, and newborn to photograph immediately upon returning. We really squeezed this into our schedule, cancelled a few things, and took as much possible time as we could possibly manage. And even though is wasn’t this seemingly glamorous trip, it was still so incredible.

We made every possible stop to ensure we still got the absolute most out of our trip. We really wanted to see the countryside along the way. Rushing from point A to B isn’t really an option. Something about it not being just the destination, but the journey along the way, right?!

It’s no surprise how much our little family loves adventuring. It’s what makes up a large part of our lives. We thrive for that fresh air, open roads, massive mountains, and endless adventure. It’s who we are and what we do.

As my parents prepared for a move across country, we planned an adventure of epic proportions to go along with it. Not only were we going to help them move from Florida to Washington state, but we were going to join them on their journey! Of course, not before we found a steal of a deal and purchased a 1982 Toyota Dolphin (on a bit of a whim, to be honest) to seal the deal on this cross country adventure. Welcome to the family, Josie!

Follow along as we travel as a family of four, with our two dogs, along a nearly 7,000 mile journey, across 18 states, for 26 days.