After blowing snow for over 80 hours this winter just to maintain access to our house (our snowblower has a chronometer), we decided that it was imperative for our sanity to escape Alaska and recharge our souls. We called up our good friends Nick and Madeleine from North Carolina and convinced them to make the 15 hour flight to meet us there. Alaskan’s are spoiled – with airfare in the $400 range and only a 6 hour flight, we’ve got it easy compared to those on the east coast.

Joe and Nick have a long history of photography together. For those of you who don’t know, Joe photographed Nick and Maddy’s wedding 10 years ago in Austria. Since spending 2 weeks together in Austria and Germany for the wedding, Joe and Nick have been best friends. They ended up shooting for the same wedding photography company in Detroit and then, after both moving to Anchorage, Nick shot for Chugach Peaks. Along the way, Nick ended up shooting Brook and Joe’s wedding in Homer.

The four of us love outdoors stuff and decided to tackle the Kalalau Trail in Kauai. It traverses the North Shore (Nepali Coast) of Kauai 12 miles from the end of the nearest road. It’s pretty rough terrain, but totally worth it. Because it’s only accessible by foot and is a long hike, the beach is pretty much your own when you get there. In one of the photos you can see our camp site in the bottom of the photo.

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