As some of you may know, the OP fan base will be expanding this Thanksgiving. My wife and I are expecting our first baby: a little girl!

So, after a successful project at the Catholic Medical Association in Phoenix, AZ, we took a detour on the way home. We wandered through Sedona, AZ, the Grand Canyon, and Destin, FL. Even though all the destinations were lumped into one, it proved to be a fun, relaxing and adventurous trip. Just how we like it!

Here are some sneak peeks into the highlights of the trip.

Sedona, AZ

Who knew that SO many movies and videos were shot in Sedona!?

But after visiting the place, it was little wonder. It was the perfect location for any Western. I couldn’t put my camera down! I wanted to film all kinds of things.

Sedona is home to the giant Red Rocks. The red is caused by iron oxide (aka rust). It is the same element that covers the surface of Mars, which is commonly referred to as the “red planet”. It was pretty neat seeing it firsthand.

Even though it was a quick 24-hour stop, we learned a lot and captured some great photography.

The Grand Canyon

It was a great surprise to find out that the Grand Canyon was just four hours north of Phoenix. We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit one of the great wonders of the world.

Boy, are we glad we did!

Neither of us had been to the Grand Canyon before, so we just ate up the visual landscape! I now understand why it is called “THE GRAND” canyon. It completely surpasses any other canyon, and it is indeed “grand,” to say the least.

No camera can ever capture the true beauty or vastness the Grand Canyon offers. It’s just impossible!

We stayed at The Kachina Lodge (just 90 feet from the rim of the canyon), and focused on sightseeing and relaxing.
There were no mule rides or hiking down the canyon this time around…but trust me, we’ll be back for that!

Julie was a trooper, with all the walking and putting up with my somewhat reckless attempts (her words, not mine) to get unique photos on the edge of the canyon. How could I not try to capture this beauty on camera!? It’s what I do! I run a video production company in Atlanta, and we don’t really have canyons there. I’m glad I didn’t put her into labor, though. The closest hospital was 1.5 hrs away!

If you haven’t seen the Grand Canyon, I highly recommend going. It’s incredible!

Destin, FL

For the grand finale, we met up with 6 awesome friends in Destin, Florida. If any of you are planning a trip to the beach, I highly recommend you go in October. The weather was perfect (mid 80’s). You could go in the water no problem. There weren’t any crowds. And, you could walk in the sand without getting 3rd degree burns!

We rented a condo off www.vrbo.com and got a place right on the beach. It was nice to sit back relax, play volleyball, and go fishing! Or…turtling. I actually caught a decent-sized sea turtle. Don’t worry, he/she is back happily swimming somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico.

Needless to say, it was an unforgettable trip. But like the saying goes, all good things must come to an end.

Now we are back to the grindstone in Atlanta, pumping out videos. (It’s not bad at all – we actually really like it.) We’re somewhat done with time off, at least until the arrival of our baby girl in late November. But, then again…that probably won’t be much of a vacation.

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