Photo Travel Diary: Mini Trip To The Mountains


This past week I went on a lovely little trip to the mountains for a few days for my dad’s birthday. It was extremely cold and covered in snow, but it felt like a winter wonderland. For privacy reasons I’m not going to say where exactly this is, since I only live about 4 hours from here. But I thought I would share with you the photos I took + what I wore to stay warm. You can also see some videos from my trip on my saved Instagram story, and a little video will also be up on my YouTube Channel next week!

Day One

Me and my family managed to find the cutest little house to stay in. When searching for a vacation rental I always look for good reviews and cleanliness, but it’s a bonus when the decor matches your style. This little workspace filled with IKEA items was my favorite spot to work and relax at the end or start of the day.

On our first day we went on a hike to a waterfall. It was possibly the most windy day I’ve ever experienced, but I never felt more at home than in the snow covered nature. We sadly didn’t make it to the waterfall, but it was still a beautiful hike.

And the perfect way to end the hike was a delicious matcha latte from a local coffee house, and spending some time on the porch journaling.

Day Two

On our second and last full day there we went on another hike that lets you get to two different waterfalls. It was a bit of a challenge because most of the path was covered in ice, but with a few slips and falls later it was worth it.

The first waterfall was beautiful, although the path to get to the top was uphill and covered in ice. But it was worth getting to the bottom to hear the water rushing.

Before my trip my mom had ordered this jacket from the Gap in two different sizes. Luckily for me the smaller one fit me perfectly, and she so kindly gave it to me as an early Christmas present. Without this jacket I think I would have froze to death.

Another tip for dressing for cold travel hikes is to get sweaters from the men’s section. This one is from the Target men’s section, and it’s the thickest sweater I own. They tend to make them thicker and better quality, for around the same price as women’s sweaters. I would also recommend layering in general, but I would highly suggest getting a few of Uniqlo’s HeatTech items. I wore this HeatTech red turtleneck and HeatTech leggings both days, and I was extremely warm.

The second waterfall was my favorite spot of the whole trip. It felt like a scene out of a winter movie, and if I could I would go here to read.

My White Mountain hiking boots were the best purchase I made this month. They saved me from the snow and allowed me to hike in comfort. I also wore these ASOS Farleigh jeans that I sized up in both days of hiking.

And then my phone died, the sun started to set, and we headed back to our rental place to pack up and leave the next day. I had such a wonderful time on this short trip, and I’m excited to head back hopefully early next year. I hope you enjoyed this look at my trip in photos, and I encourage you to go out and explore the state/country you live in. You’d be surprised at what beauty is just outside your door.

6 responses to “Photo Travel Diary: Mini Trip To The Mountains”

  1. Stacey says:

    OMG these photos are stunning!! You captured everything so well and it looked like an absolute dream <3. Btw, what camera did you use to take these photos with if you don't mind sharing? I've also been checking out more of the men's section for sweaters as well! I feel like sometimes women's sweaters aren't warm enough and I don't understand why while the men have such warm ones! Why do I feel like this is all some kind of trick so that we just end up spending more on sweaters lol.

    • Kara Callahan says:

      Thank you so much Stacey! It really was a beautiful little trip. I used my Canon T5i with my Canon EFS 24mm f/2.8 STM lens (it sounds way fancier than it actually is). And I think the same thing! It seems like they make the women’s sweaters thinner and worse quality so they won’t last long, and then we just have to keep on buying new ones.

  2. E. says:

    When I saw these pics I thought: “I have to ask her about her camera” but I thinking it better it isn’t the camera that makes good pics because it has good quality, it is all about you and your “phographer eye” to get these awesome and amazing pics of nature.
    These landscapes are so different to my place, all full with olive trees and dry grounds, I think I would enjoy walking through the forest as you.

    • Kara Callahan says:

      Thank you so much E! You’re right, having the best camera doesn’t mean taking the best photos. I’ve seen some amazing photos taken with a phone x

  3. Nicole Lynn says:

    Wow these photos are so amazing! I’m still learning about photography and my canon. I got the canon rebel t6i last christmas/birthday and have been loving it! However, I haven’t really invested in any lenses or really done much to practice taking photos (I have since looked up the lensed you mentioned above lol). It’s one of my goals this year to do so.

    It sounds like you had a really lovely time with family for your dad’s birthday! I wish my dad enjoyed the outdoors haha but my mom is usually up for adventures 🙂 Thanks for sharing this little trip!

    Also, I couldn’t agree more about the sweaters! I’ve also bough Men’s cotton button-down shirts before too because they’re comfy to wear over-sized and seem to last longer than some of my women’s shirts.

    • Kara Callahan says:

      Thank you so much Nicole! That lense is a great one for a great price. I would highly recommend it! I’m so glad you liked the post. And men’s shirts definitely do last longer. I’m convinced that they purposely make the women’s with less quality because they know we’ll keep buying new ones.