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We’ve long heard about the epic Diablo Lake since moving to Washington, with its turquoise water surrounded by the jagged mountain peaks of the North Cascades. With this Diablo Lake elopement we finally got the chance to get out and explore this epic area. It did not disappoint.

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Diablo Lake Elopement in the North Cascades

Early June in Washington can be a tough time to explore the high mountain reaches of the Cascades. The many feet of snow that fell over winter is still melting and some of the highest roads are still closed. But the North Cascades Highway is usually open by this time, opening access to some of the most rugged mountains in the whole range. Amidst these peaks lies Diablo Lake, a rich turquoise body of water fed by glaciers high in the surrounding mountains.

For more Washington Cascades epicness, check out this Mt. Rainier Adventure Session.

Diablo Lake was one of the first places that came to mind when these two reached out to us about eloping in Washington. It’s no secret location – many a couple has eloped at Diablo Lake before. But it’s for good reason. A Diablo Lake elopement offers one of the most epic views in Washington with arguably the least effort. The hike to the Diablo Lake lookout area where the elopement ceremonies are usually held is about 100 feet. But that doesn’t make it any less epic. It just means you can pack out more booze and snacks for the post-elopement celebration 😉 But before we went to Diablo Lake for the elopement ceremony, we took Sarah and Lance for a little hike deeper and higher into the mountains for their first look…


Elopement First Look Below Jagged Peaks

Before heading to Diablo Lake for the elopement ceremony, we met up with Sarah and Lance for a little first look hike. This was their first time seeing Washington’s North Cascades in all their glory. We’ve spent a lot of time in these mountains, but whenever we bring a couple in for their first time it’s like we get to experience that feeling all over again. As we hiked out with them, we all gawked with our necks craned up towards the pointy peaks surrounding us in every direction. What’s really crazy is that most of them have been summited by climbers and mountaineers. On this day, though, we settled for a nice overlook well below the summits.































Off to Diablo Lake for the Elopement

After the first look, we piled in our cars and drove to Diablo Lake for the elopement ceremony. When we arrived, it was lightly raining (in true PNW fashion), which added to the dreamy atmosphere. However, just as we walked out to the Diablo Lake overlook, the rain let up and the clouds parted a bit. It was as if the mountains said, “Okay, you can get married now.” While one friend officiated and another stood close by, Sarah and Lance made it official high above the turquoise waters of Diablo Lake.

Clouds clung to the mountainsides but the rain held for the rest of the day. After the ceremony, Sarah and Lance set up a cute table with decorations and a cake and we all made sandwiches and drank Champagne. This is what elopements should be – a totally relaxed day just having fun and adventuring in an epicly beautiful place. At one point, Sarah and Lance even busted out a yoga pose together, which was super impressive given the attire. It took a little to get the form right, but they nailed it. This was our first Diablo Lake elopement, but we doubt it’ll be our last. Diablo Lake, you just too beautiful. We can’t wait to go back.

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The Foxes are Brandon and Gabi Fox, an adventurous husband and wife elopement and wedding photography team living and traveling in their DIY renovated 1972 Airstream. They are loosely based in the Pacific Northwest, but travel for work and play throughout the western states and beyond. Their work is best described as candid photography that captures couples as they are, where they are, blending images of love and natural beauty in the great outdoors. Wherever there are mountains, you’ll find The Foxes.

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Moab, Utah is an otherworldly landscape featuring tall desert towers, big rivers that cut through giant canyons, and the reddest dirt you’ve ever seen. It’s the perfect adventure elopement location. It’s impossible to fit everything Moab has to offer into one day, but we came pretty close with this Moab elopement.

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MOAB IS AN ADVENTURE ELOPEMENT PARADISE

Moab is the land of adventure. Outdoor adventure sports seekers travel here from around the world to pursue their adventure hobby of choice. In Moab, you can experience world-class off-roading, mountain biking, rock climbing, kayaking, canyoneering, rafting, highlining, base jumping…pretty much any adventure sport you can think of, with the exception of surfing. Moab is basically an adult’s playground. This makes Moab one of the best places for adventure elopements.

Being avid off-roaders (just look at that truck!) and mountain bikers, Steve and McKenna had been anxious to explore Moab for a while. So when it came time to pick a location for their elopement, Moab was a no-brainer. They drove out from South Carolina and turned their adventure elopement into a whole adventure road trip. It’s so awesome when couples decide to make their elopement part of a bigger adventure. We’re huge advocates for thoroughly exploring the incredible landscapes wherever you elope.

A Moab Elopement Ceremony Flanked by Giant Desert Towers

Sure, an arbor provides a nice backdrop and focal point for your wedding ceremony, but how about a 400-foot sandstone tower? That’s how Moab elopements do. Moab and the surrounding area has an extremely varied landscape, but at a very basic level it can be broken down into three main categories: desert towers, sandstone arches, and massive canyons. We weren’t able to squeeze an arch into this elopement, but we got the best of the best of the other two.

Want to check out more red desert magic? Check out this Valley of Fire Adventure Session

We met these two out amongst some of Moab’s most impressive towers for the first look and ceremony. They had gone mountain biking during the morning and their truck was already respectably dirty. While Brandon walked out with Steve to get into position for the first look, McKenna changed into her dress in the parking lot. The next hour was spent gawking at the looming towers and wiping away tears of happiness as these two said their “I do-s” in the desert. Moab is full of epic elopement locations, but this is definitely one of our favs.


























Moab Elopement part two: An Epic Canyon and an Epic Sunset

After the ceremony, we hopped in our cars and drove 75 minutes to the other side of Moab for sunset. Yes, we drove over an hour to get there. With adventure elopements, sometimes spending a while in the car is totally worth it. In this case, it allowed us to experience a completely different landscape and we had it all to ourselves. When we arrived, Steve and McKenna set up a little picnic at the cliff’s edge, complete with some cheese and crackers and a couple of ice cold Coors (we are near the Rockies after all). Not a bad spot to have a snack after getting married.

We all snacked, laughed, and relaxed for a bit while we watched the sun slowly begin its descent towards the horizon. After a nice break, we got up and ventured around for some epic sunset portraits. By this time, the hem of McKenna’s dress had taken on a deep red fade, a sure sign that the desert approved of their marriage. We love it when dresses get dirty. It’s part of every true adventure elopement 😉

The sunset ended up being one of the best we’ve seen in the Moab desert. It was the perfect end to this awesome Moab elopement. At the end of it all, we said our goodbye’s and McKenna and Steve hung back to watch the stars come out. And way out here, far from any city lights, the stars are definitely worth staying out for. They had an Airbnb to sleep at that night, but if they wanted they could have spent the night right there under the stars. We love elopements for so many reasons, and communing with the great outdoors is right there at the top. It was great to see these two end their day doing just that. We’re already looking forward to our return to the epic adventure land of Moab.

For more desert goodness, check out this Joshua Tree Adventure Session

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Valley of Fire State Park, what a cool little state park! Right on, Nevada! We had no idea this little red rock desert gem existed until these two mentioned it as a place to do their adventure session. When we looked it up, we were immediately sold.

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Valley of Fire State Park: A Nevada Desert Gem

Valley of Fire State Park is apparently fairly popular, judging by how many people we saw wandering around its rocky corridors. But we had no idea it existed. Valley of Fire is like a mini Moab, or a concentrated Sedona or something. But it’s just an hour outside of Las Vegas! One minute you’re driving along a barren desert landscape, and the next you’re traveling between two towering pinnacles of the richest red rock you’ve ever seen. It always amazes us how nature condenses in distinct epic areas like this. If we were in Sedona, they’d call it a Vortex.

Max and Aileen told us a story about how they met up in Valley of Fire State Park early in their relationship. They had been kinda doing the long distance thing, and both happened to be on a road trip. Turned out Valley of Fire was the perfect in between point on each of their travels, and they spent a few days there falling in love a whole lot more. So it was fitting that we returned here for their engagement adventure session.

Related: Check out the Van Life Couple session we did with these two

Valley of Fire was also the perfect location because these two are absolute fire (you knew that was coming). We started by hiking out to a feature in the park called The Wave. It’s formed by this swirly slickrock that undulates across the horizon, and yes, it is very wave-ish. We shot about 10,000 photos out there because that place and these two are so insanely perfect, and then we hiked back to finish out sunset at another spot.

We really wanted to get that super rich red rock in some photos for the second location, and boy did we find it. Aileen changed into a green dress that popped against the red background sooooo amazingly. We danced in the road, walked barefoot through soft red dirt, and scrambled up and down boulders, having a blast taking pictures of these two awesome people. There’s no way to truly capture the epicness that is Valley of Fire, but we tried. You’ll just have to go there for yourself. Next time you’re in Vegas and you’ve gambled away all your money, think twice before heading back to the ATM and instead head to Valley of Fire State Park.

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We can never get enough of van life couple sessions. Taking pictures of couples hanging out in the van they built together is pretty awesome. Plus, we get to nerd out about rig builds.

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Van Life Couple Goals Right Here

These two have one of the best vans we’ve seen. It’s still a work in progress, but the bones are good and we can tell it’s gonna be rad. We even found ourselves talking about getting a van of our own someday. Look at me, starting off talking about the van instead of this gorgeous couple. Clearly, we’re rig heads. I wasn’t joking when I said we nerded out about rigs with these guys. Max literally got on the roof of our Airstream to check out our solar setup.

These guys actually aren’t living on the road full time yet. Emphasis on yet. But you really wouldn’t know it if you heard how many miles they’ve put down in this baby so far, or how many nights they’ve spent snuggling inside the mostly insulated walls. They’ve been working hard to build this thing out so they can do a whole lot more traveling after their upcoming wedding. We got to see their progress so far and were thoroughly impressed. In a small space like a van or Airstream, layout is everything. These guys built the bones of a super functional van with great storage, living area, and two amazing custom windows that make all the difference.

Related: Check this sunset Moab Van Life Session

We had a blast capturing some pics of these two playing around in the van, and on top of it. Fun fact: Max has been going barefoot for the most part for the last six years, and Aileen is part of the barefoot movement now too. So obviously we got some feet shots, cause these aren’t ordinary feet. I’m not saying they could walk on a cactus, but their calluses are probably tougher than my flip flops. After the van life session, we all loaded up in their van and drove into Valley of Fire State Park for a sunset adventure session, which you should definitely also check out. Turns out these two are basically professional models too, despite their cries of “we’re so awkward!” Yeah right, you guys killed it. Can’t wait to meet up for more adventures down the road!

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Zion Canyon Overlook Trail is one of the best, most popular, and most accessible hikes in Zion National Park. The last time we passed through Zion, we missed making the short hike out on the Zion Canyon Overlook Trail, so it was a must-hit stop this time around.

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If towing, find pullout parking near the Zion Canyon Overlook Trail


  Zion Canyon Overlook Trail: Getting There via Mount-Carmel Tunnel

The Zion Canyon Overlook Trail is located on the east side of the tunnel on the Zion Mount Carmel Highway. This is the road that takes travelers right through the center of Zion National Park. The Zion Mount Carmel highway is also technically part of Utah State Route 9, and has to be one of the most scenic drives in the country. If you’re driving west to east on the Mount Carmel Highway, you’ll climb a series of steep switchbacks, each rewarding you with a better and better view of the towering red cliffs that envelop the canyon.

Related: Read about climbing in Zion’s Kolob Canyon and soaking in Utah hot springs

As you rise out of the Zion canyon floor, you’ll eventually reach a long and rather impressive tunnel. This is the famous Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel, which is just over a mile long and was completed way back in 1930. If you’re in a tall camper van or towing a trailer, like us, you’ll have to pay a small fee to pass through the tunnel. Due to the tunnel’s relatively narrow size, Zion National Park requires oversized vehicles to drive down the middle of the road when passing through the tunnel, so they have to stop traffic coming the other way. There are no lights in the dark tunnel, but there are several huge “windows” cut out of the rock that give you quick glimpses of the stunning Zion canyon below. As much as you want to stop and soak in the view though, you gotta keep moving. But the view from the Zion Canyon Overlook Trail is even better.

As soon as you exit the tunnel, look for a parking lot to your right. It’s not very big and might be full, but there are other spots to park nearby. With us towing a trailer, we had to find a small pullout down the road a ways, but not too far. After parking and taking a few shots of the Airstream (because it just looks so good against a backdrop of red rock cliffs), we walked to the Zion Canyon Overlook Trailhead to hike up for sunset.

Beginning of the Zion Canyon Overlook Trail



Hiking the Zion Canyon Overlook Trail

The Zion Canyon Overlook Trail is only about a mile from the trailhead to the overlook, so it’s a small effort for a big reward. We set out about an hour before sunset, which was plenty of time to enjoy the evening show. The trail starts on slick rock, climbing some natural stone steps as you make your way up to the overlook. It’s a really cool trail that traverses some steep drop-offs, giving you views down into lush slot canyons. They put up railings to keep you feeling safe though – a little bit of an eyesore but probably for the best.

We took our time hiking the canyon overlook trail, soaking in the scenery along the way. The view at the end is the money shot, but the ones on the way there aren’t half bad either. We even saw a bighorn sheep strolling through the ravine below. As we approached the canyon overlook, rays of light from the setting sun became visible and we hurried up the last little bit to see what we hiked a whopping .9 miles for…




 

Zion Canyon Overlook: The Big Reveal

Wow. When you first peer over the rim and gaze down into the Zion canyon, it’s definitely awe-inspiring. Zion is kind of like the desert version of Yosemite National Park. The cliffs might not be as tall, and the valley not as wide, but Zion Canyon is similarly impressive nonetheless. We were there in mid-April, and at that time of the year the sun sets behind the cliffs directly in front of you as you gaze out at the canyon overlook. From a photography perspective, this actually makes for horrible, hazy light while the sun is still visible. But when you’re sitting there in person, feeling the last rays of sunlight warm your skin, it’s pretty magical.

Related: See photos and read about our recent trip to Yosemite in April

Being adventure elopement photographers, we did some scouting around for the best spots to shoot portraits. There are lots of rocky perches that give you amazing views – you can’t really go wrong – but there is one particular high point that seems to be the most popular. You’ll have to share though, because everyone wants to climb up and look out from here. Still, we found a few other rocks away from the crowds that provided a nice, quiet escape while still delivering amazing views of the Zion canyon. After the sun dipped behind the cliffs, we snapped the classic Zion Canyon Overlook shot and then began the descent back to the Airstream. If you’re ever in Zion National Park, the Zion Canyon Overlook Trail is an easy must-do hike, any time of the day. We have a feeling sunrise is the best time to see it though. Next time…

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Soaking in that Zion Canyon Overlook

A private little perch off to the side and away form the crowds overlooking Zion canyon

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The Foxes are Brandon and Gabi Fox, an adventurous husband and wife elopement and wedding photography team living and traveling in their DIY renovated 1972 Airstream. They are loosely based in the Pacific Northwest, but travel for work and play throughout the western states and beyond. Their work is best described as candid photography that captures couples as they are, where they are, blending images of love and natural beauty in the great outdoors. Wherever there are mountains, you’ll find The Foxes.

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We spent a week in Yosemite in April and fell in love with the special vibe of Yosemite valley in the spring. The waterfalls were raging and the number of tourists roaming around Yosemite was a far cry from the packed summer months. Visiting Yosemite in April is a great time of year to explore the national park, but it does have a few cons along with all the pros. Nevertheless, we will certainly be coming back to Yosemite in April for future visits in years to come.

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Yosemite in April: The Good Less Crowds

Visiting Yosemite in April is a great idea for a bunch of reasons. But the biggest and most noticeable advantage to exploring Yosemite in April was the lack of crowds. Don’t get us wrong, there are definitely still a lot of tourists that come to Yosemite during the spring time, but it’s practically a ghost town compared to peak summer months. While driving around the Yosemite Valley loop can take several hours in July and August, the lap only took us a mere 20 minutes in April. Not having to worry about getting stuck in crawling traffic as you explore all the stunning viewpoints around the valley is a huge advantage. And when you do stop to go for a hike and explore by foot, it isn’t hard to escape other people altogether and find your own private peace and tranquility in Yosemite.

Easier Camping

You’ll still want to plan ahead if you want to guarantee a campsite in Yosemite in April, but if you’re up for a little spontaneity and don’t mind switching spots every night or two, you can probably book a site upon arrival. Weekends are still tough, but we noticed lots of open sites during the week. We managed to book spots with our 27 ft trailer in North Pines and Upper Pines last minute. Moving sites a couple times was totally worth it to stay in the Valley. We still recommend making reservations far in advance though if you’re planning a trip to Yosemite in April. Reservations open up 5 months ahead on the 15th of the month at 7am PST, so set your alarm now! Pro Tip: Upper Pines has better cell service than North Pines (not sure how Lower Pines is). Learn all about Yosemite campground reservations here

Epic Waterfalls

Possibly the best part of seeing Yosemite in April is the epic show the waterfalls will be putting on. Unless California suffers an unseasonably dry winter, Yosemite Falls and Bridalveil Falls will be gushing. We arrived in mid-April, right after a huge storm, and the waterfalls seemed to be putting on an especially spectacular display. If you visit in the late summer or fall, these waterfalls aren’t nearly as impressive and sometimes dry up altogether. But in April, you can hear the water crashing from anywhere in the Valley.

Related: Oregon has some pretty epic waterfalls too


 

Yosemite in April: The not so good (but not that bad either) It still kind of feels like Winter

For the most part, the weather in Yosemite in April is pretty great. However, it’s not uncommon for a heavy rain (or even snow) storm to blow through. In the course of our 5 days in Yosemite, we experience both sunny days in the upper 70s and a small storm that brought below freezing temperatures and frozen ice around the waterfalls. Honestly, we loved experiencing Yosemite in these vastly different phases and the weather never stopped us from exploring the park. And while the views of Yosemite will always be gorgeous no matter what, the photographer perfectionists inside us couldn’t help commenting on how the views would be just a little bit better if the trees had their leaves back.
 

Road Closures

This is definitely the biggest downside to visiting Yosemite in April. The road to Glacier and Taft Point, two of the most remarkable views in Yosemite, is usually closed for most of April. Tioga Pass, the continuation of Highway 120 that takes you over the Sierras to the east, is also closed at this time. But if you’re up for the hike, Four Mile Trail will lead you up from the valley floor to Glacier Point (it’s actually 4.7 miles up to Glacier Point) and you’ll probably get the view to yourself and just a few others, which will never happen during the day in summer. Glacier Point road usually opens by late April, however, so if you’re visiting Yosemite later in the month, you just might get lucky. Keep in mind though that if the preceding winter saw especially heavy snowfall, expect road opening times to be pushed back up to an extra month or more. See current road conditions and past year opening/closing dates here.

Despite the road to Glacier Point being closed, you can still find awe-inspiring viewpoints all over Yosemite in April. Arguably the most famous viewpoint in all of Yosemite, Tunnel View, is still easily accessed. We took advantage of multiple sunrises and sunsets to soak in this incredible view of the valley. It seriously looks like a painting, with El Cap looming on one side, Bridalveil Falls tumbling hundreds of feet on the right, and Half Dome popping out in the distance.

Tunnel View Sunset // Yosemite in April

Tunnel View Sunrise // Yosemite in April

Sentinel in the clouds // Yosemite in April

Yosemite in April: The Main Takeaway

We’d go back to Yosemite in April in a heartbeat. The weather is mild, the crowds are thin, and the views are epic. We’re looking forward to going back in September though to explore Glacier Point Road and the Tuolumne area. If you’ve never been to Yosemite before and you’re saving up for one big trip, you might be better of waiting until the fall so you can explore all the park has to offer. But if you’re okay with sticking to valley, or just looking to climb, Yosemite in April is a fantastic time to go. In between capturing epic landscape shots, we managed to snap a few with ourselves in the frame too. So we’ll close out this blog post with a few of our favorites.

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Epic views and butt grabs // Yosemite in April

Three Brothers on a frosty morning // Yosemite in April








How good does that Airstream look in Yosemite?? Good. Real good.

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