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    Courtney Rae
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My initial reaction to Bryce was sheer wonder at how vast it actually is. When we all turned the corner at the top of the rim and got that first view, it was a complete jaw-dropping moment. Those colors, those spires, the seemingly random pine trees, the tie-dye effect... It’s a magical, magical place. 
I’ve been cooking all day, looking forward to a Friendsgiving celebration tonight. Hope you all are getting festive too! 
#travellightly 
#brycecanyon
My initial reaction to Bryce was sheer wonder at how vast it actually is. When we all turned the corner at the top of the rim and got that first view, it was a complete jaw-dropping moment. Those colors, those spires, the seemingly random pine trees, the tie-dye effect... It’s a magical, magical place. I’ve been cooking all day, looking forward to a Friendsgiving celebration tonight. Hope you all are getting festive too! #travellightly  #brycecanyon 
I need solitude. I need space. I need air. I need the empty fields around me; and my legs pounding along roads, and sleep, and animal existence. -virginia woolf 
But is there even anything else? 
#travellightly 
#rockymountainnationalpark
I need solitude. I need space. I need air. I need the empty fields around me; and my legs pounding along roads, and sleep, and animal existence. -virginia woolf But is there even anything else? #travellightly  #rockymountainnationalpark 
In the Grand Canyon, Arizona has a natural wonder which is in kind absolutely unparalleled throughout the rest of the world. I want to ask you to keep this great wonder of nature as it now is. I hope you will not have a building of any kind, not a summer cottage, a hotel or anything else, to mar the wonderful grandeur, the sublimity, the great loneliness and beauty of the canyon. Leave it as it is. You cannot improve on it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it. -Theodore Roosevelt

#travellightly 
#grandcanyon
In the Grand Canyon, Arizona has a natural wonder which is in kind absolutely unparalleled throughout the rest of the world. I want to ask you to keep this great wonder of nature as it now is. I hope you will not have a building of any kind, not a summer cottage, a hotel or anything else, to mar the wonderful grandeur, the sublimity, the great loneliness and beauty of the canyon. Leave it as it is. You cannot improve on it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it. -Theodore Roosevelt #travellightly  #grandcanyon 
I woke up to a blizzard today here in Detroit so I’m daydreaming of warmer days. 
This day of our out west trip was such a highlight. We rented a boat to ride around Lake Powell in and simply had no idea how bizarrely gorgeous this lake is. I’ve never seen anything like it! That little tower there on the right is actually mammoth, making it visible from just about anywhere on the lake. It’s name is Tower Butte and it sure is a beaut! ☺️ #travellightly
#lakepowell
I woke up to a blizzard today here in Detroit so I’m daydreaming of warmer days. This day of our out west trip was such a highlight. We rented a boat to ride around Lake Powell in and simply had no idea how bizarrely gorgeous this lake is. I’ve never seen anything like it! That little tower there on the right is actually mammoth, making it visible from just about anywhere on the lake. It’s name is Tower Butte and it sure is a beaut! ☺️ #travellightly  #lakepowell 
Here’s to the crazy ones! 🥂 The misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change things, are the ones who do. -unknown

#travellightly
#sleepingbeardunes
Here’s to the crazy ones! 🥂 The misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change things, are the ones who do. -unknown #travellightly  #sleepingbeardunes 
Murphy proudly voted today for all beings to be happy and free. And I did my best too. 
#redyellowblackandwhitetheyarepreciousinhissight 
#galatians328 
#lokahsamastahsukhinobhavantu
I’ve become so in love with the trail life. Does that sound pretentious? Regardless, there is so much to be found in the outdoors. You’ve seen the quote, “think outside, no box required.” So get outside today, take a walk, breathe in the fresh air and see what happens! ✨

#travellightly 
#brycecanyon 
#utah
I’ve become so in love with the trail life. Does that sound pretentious? Regardless, there is so much to be found in the outdoors. You’ve seen the quote, “think outside, no box required.” So get outside today, take a walk, breathe in the fresh air and see what happens! ✨ #travellightly  #brycecanyon  #utah 
Autumn in Northern Michigan 🍂 
We are on our way to Chicago and it’s actually been quite a few years since we last saw the Windy City. Anyone have any suggestions of things to do, places to eat? 
#travellightly 
#sleepingbeardunes 
#puremichigan
Autumn in Northern Michigan 🍂 We are on our way to Chicago and it’s actually been quite a few years since we last saw the Windy City. Anyone have any suggestions of things to do, places to eat? #travellightly  #sleepingbeardunes  #puremichigan 
Zion National Park // Wowee, hiking the Narrows is like no other! When I first started researching for this trip and found this hike, I was sold! A hike through a river, through an enormous but narrow canyon had to be absolutely incredible and it did not disappoint!

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#zionnarrows
Zion National Park // Wowee, hiking the Narrows is like no other! When I first started researching for this trip and found this hike, I was sold! A hike through a river, through an enormous but narrow canyon had to be absolutely incredible and it did not disappoint! #travellightly  #zionnarrows 
Well hello there! 🤩 ⠀⠀
Part of the appeal of this out west trip was to add 3 states to my list. I’m a list kinda girl and am working hard at getting to see all 50 beautiful states. I’ve got a list for world wonders, countries and continents too. But now? I’ve started a new list - National Parks! And there’s 60! 😳 Anyone else list-making like it’s going out of style?
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#travellightly
#zionnationalpark
Well hello there! 🤩 ⠀⠀ Part of the appeal of this out west trip was to add 3 states to my list. I’m a list kinda girl and am working hard at getting to see all 50 beautiful states. I’ve got a list for world wonders, countries and continents too. But now? I’ve started a new list - National Parks! And there’s 60! 😳 Anyone else list-making like it’s going out of style? ⠀⠀ #travellightly  #zionnationalpark 
I’m not here to impress you with colorful photos but to show you that if I can see the world- then you definitely can and should too! No point in waiting! Let’s go girl!

#travellightly 
#valleyoffire 
#nevada
I’m not here to impress you with colorful photos but to show you that if I can see the world- then you definitely can and should too! No point in waiting! Let’s go girl! #travellightly  #valleyoffire  #nevada 
I was walking through a shop the other day when a sign stopped me in my tracks. It read, “you are not required to set yourself on fire to keep others warm.” I mean, whoa. Remember to keep your cup full today, maybe even let it overflow so that others may drink of it. Not the other way around. 
#travellightly 
#valleyoffire 
#nevada
I was walking through a shop the other day when a sign stopped me in my tracks. It read, “you are not required to set yourself on fire to keep others warm.” I mean, whoa. Remember to keep your cup full today, maybe even let it overflow so that others may drink of it. Not the other way around. #travellightly  #valleyoffire  #nevada 
Valley of Fire // Welcome to the wild, wild west where the land is every color you can imagine, you’ll find the home of the Flintstones and you’ll find buckets of orange sand in your pockets and shoes! 
#travellightly 
#valleyoffire 
#nevada
Valley of Fire // Welcome to the wild, wild west where the land is every color you can imagine, you’ll find the home of the Flintstones and you’ll find buckets of orange sand in your pockets and shoes! #travellightly  #valleyoffire  #nevada 
Vegas // I found some charm in what I would otherwise call a bizarro, step-out-of-time, glitzy, energetic city. 
#travellightly 
#lasvegas
Vegas // I found some charm in what I would otherwise call a bizarro, step-out-of-time, glitzy, energetic city. #travellightly  #lasvegas 
Day 94: Paris, France

That doesn’t look real, does it?! Technically, we arrived home on October 16 after 94 days of travel. I got a bit behind while on our out west trip buuuuttt I’m super excited to begin sharing photos from that trip! It’s going to be so colorful! 
Also, just landed in Denver with my girl @becky.siden Here’s to massive amounts of mountains, fresh air and the great outdoors! 
#travellightly 
#paris
Day 94: Paris, France That doesn’t look real, does it?! Technically, we arrived home on October 16 after 94 days of travel. I got a bit behind while on our out west trip buuuuttt I’m super excited to begin sharing photos from that trip! It’s going to be so colorful! Also, just landed in Denver with my girl @becky.siden Here’s to massive amounts of mountains, fresh air and the great outdoors! #travellightly  #paris 
Day 92: Paris, France

Happy Tuesday, friends! 
#travellightly 
#paris
Day 91: Paris, France 
I am so absolutely smitten with this city. I love you, I love you, I love you, Paris!

#travellightly 
#paris
Day 91: Paris, France I am so absolutely smitten with this city. I love you, I love you, I love you, Paris! #travellightly  #paris