If anyone had told me in 7th grade that fifteen years from then Chase would be visiting me at my home in the mountains of Southwest Colorado, I probably would have laughed so hard. It wasn't that we weren't friends back then, but from the day we met in middle school to the day we graduated high school we probably only hung out outside of class a couple of times and maybe had only a handful of conversations. If I could go back, I'd change that. Through Facebook we have kept in touch and through this I slowly realized that everyone needs more friends like Chase, in high school and just in life. As my boyfriend said upon meeting Chase, "What you see is what you get." There's something comforting about this. It was on Facebook (and my old blog) that our post high school friendship truly became what it is today. When Chase met Sarah, I fell in love with their relationship via internet photos and a blog that documented their cooking experiences in the kitchen and on Skype. The two of them fell in love with my photography too and to this day might just be my biggest fans. This is why I photographed their elopement almost two years ago. And this is why when this studious couple needed a quick vacation away from graduate school and getting a PHD, they chose here.
I realized last week while they were visiting, that I've had very view visitors in the four years I've lived in Colorado. It's a shame too, because as I was emailing them a list of things to see and do in the short 5 days they would be here, I couldn't stop writing. Durango is amazing. And for five days while my 7th grade classmate and his wonderful wife were here, Durango felt even more amazing, which I didn't think was possible. Thanks you two.
Here are some pictures from a hike last Saturday. It was one of the best Saturdays I'd had in a long time.
Selfie FAIL ^