Travelling is a big part of me. I’ve always been a bit of a wanderer and love to move around, which most likely stems from growing up on a tiny remote island. I have just returned from my most recent adventure, a rather wonderful month exploring America with my big sister – also an avid traveller.
We flew into New York City for a jam-packed 5 days before continuing on to Chicago, where we enjoyed much music and art. After a couple of plane journeys we found ourself in Washington State’s Spokane to have a chilled out few days with some of our family who have settled there. Seattle was our next stop – a beautiful city that the wonderful photographer and friend Kathy Cadigan calls home. Myself and my good friend Ella Gordon just had the joy of being photographed by Kathy for Gudrun Johnston‘s new book, ‘The Shetland Trader Book Two’. Its a gorgeous book filled with beautiful designs, so if you are a knitter definitely take a look!
So, two weeks into our adventure we hit California – queue my geology obsession overloading. We hired a car, drove down the rugged coast of California’s Highway 1 and enjoyed steep cliffs dropping straight into the vast Pacific ocean. Dry land and warm hued rock hugged the winding roads we were driving down, all the way to Santa Barbara.
We decided to leave the coast and take a trip inland to the aptly named Death Valley. Our days driving in the desert is an experience I will never forget, the landscape is surreal and extreme. Huge inactive volcanos, salt flats, sand dunes, ghost towns and vast sculptural mountains covered in multi-coloured minerals. The deathly silence is intense…and the geology is AWESOME!