notch || the road is home



Notch Trail || 1.5 miles
Badlands, SoDak


of all the places in this world i've been, the badlands are one of my most beloved. it's so quiet there, so quiet. i'll never forget the quiet. it's the kind of quiet like what the moon would probably have, i think. it feels moon-quiet to me; broken every oft by a cellphone voice or family of four. or seven.

i woke up early for this one, and put on gym shorts. momma had coffee going and i drank some and abbie put on her wide angle. my dad was scruffy faced and talking about the heat probably. the sky was opaque white over top of us as we drove to the trail head. it would shed its skin to a robin's egg blue later on.

we hiked, climbed ladders and rocks, and sweat some. i took pictures of abbie taking pictures, and at the end of it there was what looked like an ancient cave of bats that were birds instead. birds that swam up and dove down again like the thick air was water; messing up the silence with those heaven soaked voices.





 lOVE
kATE

where was the last place you adventured like an over-caffeinated fiend? 
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17 people commented on this post.

  1. OH

    MY

    GOODNESS

    I feel like I say the same words every time I comment but your words just get me like nothing else I can't even explain it

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  2. <3 To be honest, I can't remember the last time I adventured like this... Eesh, now I'm really inspired to get back out and adventure some! Gorgeous pictures, gorgeous words, gorgeous post. <3

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    1. wwwwooo! adventures await. :) thank you so much, girl

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  3. Oh this is lovely. I don't think I comment often on your blog but this is so awesome. The pictures and the words flow well together!

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    1. I so appreciate you commenting + love silent readers too. i need to go check out your blog space ♥ :)

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  4. SO gorgeous!!! I need to go, like right now. *runs out the door* see ya later, guys! :p

    This was beautiful, Kate ♥

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  5. i love those pictures so much <3 you and abbie are seriously some of the best photographers around. LIKE I WANT TO TRAVEL SO BAD NOW.

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  6. oh my word you seem to travel so much and it always looks so amazing. these pictures remind me of my brief, hot stop at the badlands 3 years ago and of how haunting the open prairies were. you and Abbie are so cute!

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    1. oh man it was SO hot when we were there in July too, but i loved it and it was so worth it. i totally agree with you... for me something about the space and the landscape just takes my breath and words and mind away.

      THANK YOU! ♥

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  7. WHAT OLIVIA SAID RIGHT THERE^^^


    but also

    why
    i mean i know why i'm not confused like i know God gave you the gift and he gave you this as an outlet ;)

    but like why
    do your words
    make my soul
    DIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
    LIKE ASLAN TO THE STONE KNIFE.

    IN FACT I WANT A GIF OF THAT
    OF ASLAN GETTING KILLED BY THE WITCH AND PUT THOSE CENSOR PAINT THINGS OVER WITCH'S FACE AND ALSAN'S FACE LIKE THEY DO ONN TUMBLR YOU KNOW AND HAVE IT BE LIKE UR THE QUEEN AND I'M ASLAND AND YOU YOU'RE LIKE "and DIIIIIIE" AND I'M LIKE *ded*

    and then i can just comment with that gif instead of thinking up werds.

    lurv,
    boyz

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  8. This is so pretty. Those stairs must've been killer.

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  9. Abbie's comment is killing me. XD

    But wow. wowowowowowowoow. I've never been to that side of the country, but this post makes me want to quite badly. It's so beautiful and so....haunting. Like a whole different world. It's beautiful and your words are just perfect. (as always)

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