Peru Preview

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Hi guys! I just had a crazy week of finals at school. Now back to blogging!

First things first:

Congrats to Aimee Siegel, our CALENDAR GIVEAWAY WINNER! Can you please contact us to tell us your mailing address and calendar of your choice? If we don't hear from you in a few days, I will have to pick another winner.

Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway and shared their 2015 travel plans. I loved reading through the comments and getting ideas for where to travel to next!! I graduate from school in 2015 (!!!), so we are hoping to do another extended trip next year, probably in the fall. There are so many places we haven't been yet. How do you guys pick your travel destinations?!

Here's a preview of our next set of posts in Peru! We are so excited to finally share the photos from our South America travels in Peru and Bolivia. Come back for more soon.

- Julia

Last Night | Montana

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Last night in Montana. Always bittersweet because when you realize it's the end, you don't want it to end. But you do want that shower. And a real bed.

We tried to bake chocolate chip cookies on a cast iron skillet and they burned too quickly on the bottom before cooking the top, so I tried flipping them and ended up with cookie stir fry. Still ate them. Anyone have tips? I'm thinking a lid would have helped greatly.

The next day, we spent the day at Silverwood amusement park and camped in Idaho for our last night. We were all pictured out and didn't take any photos that day. Before heading home the following day, we squeezed in one more amazing campfire shish-kabob lunch to finish off the trip on a good note. Can't wait til next summer! But now, December.

- Julia

2015 Travel Calendars

Friday, November 28, 2014

Hey guys! Hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving with family and friends. Our family was in town from Idaho, so we actually got to have Thanksgiving dinner with both sets of parents! It was wonderful.

We just did a big shop update—added 2015 calendars AND updated the shop design!

In honor of Black Friday, use code "Friday" to get 20% off the entire shop. That includes calendars, prints, t-shirts... everything. The sale will run through the end of Monday, Dec 1.

Giveaway: Leave a comment on this post telling us about a trip you want to take in 2015 for a chance to win a free calendar of your choice.

Giveaway ends Monday, December 1 at 11:59pm PST. Winner will be announced on Tuesday, December 2. 

This Year's Calendar

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

As many of you know, every year we make a calendar using photos from our travels that year and offer it in our shop. It's been so fun to see our images in your homes! Below is a little sampling of our calendars shared on Instagram from the past year. Thanks to everyone who has been using the #handlewithcareshop tag!

We'll be announcing a 2015 calendar this week. Stay tuned!! 

Teepee Village | Montana

Monday, November 24, 2014

You know that feeling when you've been planted by a campfire for a few hours and know you should head to bed, but can't move yourself because you know how cold it's going to be in the tent? Well, sleeping in a teepee completely solved that problem. Imagine falling asleep on the ground of a teepee with a fire a few feet from your face.  It was better than what I imagined, and I'm glad this foggy teepee village in Montana was my first time sleeping in a teepee.

Another highlight of this day—meeting and hanging with Ryan of @cruiserlifestyle, who was an Instagram friend until this point. We had Ryan and his boy over and they helped us start a fire and make some fire roasted popcorn in our teepee! Such fancy hosts, we are.

- Julia

We arrived to a very foggy and misty teepee village. Every blade of grass was heavy with water droplets. I couldn't wait to get a fire started inside.

Montana Road Trip

Friday, November 21, 2014

Montana was awesome. Only good memories. Maybe because it was my first time in Montana. Maybe because we could finally use our cellphones for internet after being in Canada with no service for over a week. Maybe because we got to sleep in a teepee (which we'll share in the next post).

One of the first things we did was hop into some antique stores full of antlers, furs, and old bottles. I bought an antler candle holder and old horse blanket. Then crossed the street to buy fresh cherries and beef jerky at a roadside stand. I loved the small town country feeling.

We spent a day driving through Glacier National Park and did a few short walks, but didn't feel much like hiking with all the rain. Sadly the Going to the Sun road, which is the main road through Glacier, was closed due to a recent snow storm, so we missed a good part of the park. We'll be back. We did enjoy sitting in a historic hunting lodge by a massive crackling fire with a glass of wine while it rained outside.

We have just two posts left of this camping road trip, and then South America photos! Can't wait to relive that trip with you guys. Also, be on the lookout for a 2015 calendar announcement real soon!

- Julia

Waterton Lakes National Park

Monday, November 17, 2014

Well guys, that was Banff. Already can't wait to go back. I couldn't think of a better place to be stranded for a bit because our car broke down.

After dropping Helga off at a shop, we spent a night in Calgary at an Airbnb where we could shower and recharge all our cameras/phones/laptops. We swapped stories with the people who hosted us; they had recently taken a trip along the West Coast and had their old camper van break down in Washington, near our home. It felt good to laugh about it and know that everything was going to be okay in the end.

From Calgary, we took the cowboy trail to Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, just across the border from Montana. It was gloomy all day and the scattered ranches along the way were like something out of a movie. The grassy rolling hills stretched in all directions and it was quite the change of scenery from the dramatic mountains in and around Banff. It was foggy and drizzly as we pulled into the park and we were blown away by the first sight of the Prince of Wales Hotel, against the backdrop of one of the most beautiful national parks. We stopped by to see the interior of the gorgeous hotel and decided to stay for high tea, where we felt like royalty sipping tea and eating tiny bites to the sound of a live harp. Quite the contrast from eating chili out of a can warmed over a campfire.

That evening we continued south on our drive, back toward the States. We spotted a fox who posed for quite a few photos, and that was the perfect way to say goodbye to Canada.

- Julia

Exciting news—FlipKey by TripAdvisor included us in their recent post "Top 25 Couples Travel Blogs to Follow in 2014"! Neat to see so many couples traveling the world together.