Monahans Sandhills Park
“No, life cannot be understood flat on a page. It has to be lived; a person has to get out of his head, has to fall in love, has to memorize poems, has to jump off bridges into rivers, has to stand in an empty desert and whisper sonnets under his breath… We get one story, you and I, and one story alone.”
There’s just something about a road trip that’s good for the soul. Shelbie, Emily, and I wanted to travel someplace new together and we decided to check out Monahands Sandhills State Park in West Texas. We spent a night in Austin (in the cutest Spartan airbnb camper) , then headed out on a gorgeous drive through the desert to a small little town with a gorgeous state park. Even the weather here was epic. Driving through the desert in the rain is such a surreal experience. We saw families of roadrunners, fields of windmills, and sand and dust filled the air as the rain hit the ground. There’s nothing I love more than rain when the sun is still shining but I’ve never seen that happen more beautifully than it did in the desert. Seeing a double rainbow in the middle of the desert feels like a dream. After a long day of traveling, we decided to get some sleep and photograph each other at sunrise. The morning came and we woke up at 5:30 to head out to the park.
Here are a few of my favorite images from our trip to Monahans Sandhills State Park: