It's officially been a year since I declined a full-time job after graduation to embark on a life-altering adventure. I could write a book (actually, I am writing a book...eek!) about everything that has happened in the last year alone.

From the Cies Islands off the coast of Spain to stranded at border crossings between Greece & Bulgaria, to the beaches of Italy and the mountains of Utah, I have experienced some incredible highs, and of course some incredible lows. There were tears, and laughs, and bruises, and swear words, but there isn't a single moment I would trade. I wish I could've brought you all along on the adventure, but I hope you felt like you were there with me along the way.

Below is a series of black and white photographs from my journey in chronological order. 25 countries, 20 states, and one giant adventure.


Lisbon, Portugal: Europe day one. June 1, 2016


Madrid. June 12, 2016


Barcelona, Spain: Feet meet the Mediterranean Sea. June 15, 2016


Chamonix, France: Dinner overlooking Mount Blanc. June 23, 2016


Brno, Switzerland: Unenthused cat. June 25, 2016


Cinque Terre, Italy. July 3, 2016


Viareggio, Italy: Our Italian home. July 4, 2016


Venice, Italy. July 5, 2016


Standing on the border of Italy and Slovenia. July 6, 2016


Bohinjska Bistrica, Slovenia. July 7, 2016


Lake Bled, Slovenia. July 7, 2016


Zagreb, Croatia: Sleeping in the train station after becoming stranded. July 8, 2016


Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovnia: Bathroom with flickering lights. July 11, 2016


Sofia, Bulgaria: traditional Bulgarian dinner. July 15, 2016


Border of Greece: stranded at the Greek border crossing due to train strikes. July 16, 2016


Mount Olympus, Greece: Summit of the highest point in Greece. July 19 2016


Craiova, Romania: street art. July 23, 2016


Craiova, Romania: Romanian home. July 23, 2016


Prague, Czech Republic: street art titled "Two Peeing Men". July 28, 2016


Auschwitz. July 30, 2016


Cheb, Czech Republic. Josh and I's second anniversary. August 7, 2016


Quedlinburg, Germany. August 14, 2016


Amsterdam, Netherlands: Red Light District. August 12, 2016


Braunschweig, Germany. August 15, 2016


Ringsted, Denmark: sunset along country roads. August 17, 2016


Coopenhagen, Denmark: Nyhavn. August 18, 2016


Ostersund, Sweden: traditional Swedish crayfish party. August 22, 2016


Oslo, Norway: last day in Europe. August 31, 2016


Michigan: home after three months in Europe. September 2, 2016


Traverse City, Michigan: beginning of a road trip around the United States in a renovated van. October 30, 2016


Austin, Texas. November 14, 2016


San Antonio: taken at almost the exact time our van was being broken into. November 16, 2016


Salt Flats, Texas: shortly after climbing the tallest peak in Texas (pictured on the horizon). November 19, 2016


White Sand Dunes National Monument, New Mexico. November 22, 2016


Valencia, California: Christmas Day and a visit from my brother. December 25, 2016


Big Sur, California: Bixby Bridge. December 29, 2016


Half Moon Bay, California: Pacific love. December 30, 2016


San Francisco, California: my brother overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. December 31, 2016


Pacifica, California: the spot we were nearly struck by lightning. January 20, 2017


Santa Cruz, California: a best friend visit. January 25, 2017


Carson City, Nevada: sunset over the mountains. February 14, 2017


Salt Lake City, Utah: paragliding with our Couchsurfing host. March 1, 2017


Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah. March 10, 2017


Arches National Park, Utah: Delicate Arch. March 13, 2017


Zion National Park, Utah: Angel's Landing. April 8, 2017


Zion National Park, Utah: summit of Angel's Landing. April 8, 2017


Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah: reflections. April 30, 2017


Ogden, Utah: searching for a summit. May 2, 2017


Odgen, Utah: final van day. May 10, 2017

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  1. MJ on May 14, 2017 at 6:15 PM

    Really cool photos!

    • Shalee on May 26, 2017 at 10:43 AM



  2. Kathy on May 14, 2017 at 8:39 PM

    Great pic, cant wait to read your book!

    • Shalee on May 26, 2017 at 11:04 AM

      Thanks Kathy!

  3. Sabretoothed Chickens on May 14, 2017 at 11:04 PM

    These are so wonderful. These memories will stay with you always <3

  4. Katherine Twichel on May 15, 2017 at 3:03 AM

    Beautiful Photos Shalee! Can’t wait to read your book.

  5. Kathy H. on May 15, 2017 at 7:53 AM

    Wow. Can’t wait to read your book also!

  6. Willene Tanis on May 17, 2017 at 6:29 PM

    Spectacular recording of the experience of a lifetime.

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