cliff shelf || the road is home



Cliff Shelf || 0.5 miles
Badlands, SoDak


the trail rose 200 feet, up into sandstone peaks that triangled up to the white sky. it faded to the color of dusty blue felt later.

we hiked on a thick, humid morning. we visited a few trail heads, but this was our first. we mostly shot photos and stopped to put our hands on our hips and breathe deep the view that wandered down into the wild valley below.

dad wore a tee with cut off sleeves. abbie was a nautica model. i can't remember what i was wearing.

later we went back with mom and watched a great pink moon roll up over a lavender blue horizon like a sleepy wagon wheel. there was a deer munching in the brush below the summit. black birds couldn't decide where to land.

taillights were hazy red on the ride home. my limbs were heavy and happy tired. my parents talked and we pulled over to watch the sunset through the windshield. kayaks were strapped to our roof in the middle of the desert. abbie aimed her lens like a machine gun at a goat silhouetted on a peak.

i watched as she shot it. and breathed in and out air that was rich with something I don't know how to describe.







THANKSGIVING IS THIS THURSDAY. I AM SO EXCITED. 
so thankful for all you guys. 
you all are beautiful harmonies in this world. 
you make me smile and my heart hum with each of your comments 
and whenever i read your blogs.


 xx || kate

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19 people commented on this post.

  1. beuatyidkjslfa<2222

    promise i'm not a robot i'm just really likin this
    :'''''''''')

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    1. powebgbUR789

      i am not a robot either, but i'm really likin u.

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  2. GAH.....THIS.... I'm just in awe, Kate, this is beautiful.
    <3

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  3. I love this so so much <3 Your pictures always make me want to go an adventure or something. ♥

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    1. adventures are the best I must say. :D thank you bunches, Autumn!

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  4. Your writing honestly transports us with you. Lovely pictures and sounds like an awesome experience.

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    1. Ahhhh, thank you, Elizabeth! That's so sweet of you.

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  5. These photographs are incredibly inspiring! Love your little corner of the web!
    myyellowjacketblog.blogspot.com

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  6. That moon is spectacular! And I agree so much with Elizabeth - your writing transports us. xx

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    1. that means so much to me :') really. And the moon was so cool that night-- it looked huge!

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  7. Oh my goodness this is beautiful. So freaking thankful for you, Kate. <3

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    1. THANK YOU SO MUCH, GRACE ANNE :') <3 SO thankful for you, too!

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  8. so beautiful - the last line especially sticks with you. and your photography! oh, lord.
    i'm so happy i found this blog <3

    evelyn | epilogue

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  9. Wow wow wow. Your words make everything sound serene. The pictures, the poem—everything is really lovely. <3

    I'm with Evenlyn on this one, I just found your blog. A lucky find indeed!

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    1. Thanks so much, Jo! I so appreciate your sweet words. :)

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