When two pretty damn special friends of mine decided to get married in the Adirondacks, I knew it was only a matter of time before I would convince my traveling companions that the best option, really, was to drive from Austin, TX, up to way, way, wayyy upstate NY (just over 4,000 miles round trip).  We camped all along the way in national and state parks, which I highly recommend to all, especially if one of your car buddies is a life-loving dog. I didn't even know what I was getting myself into, though, because in addition to some epic dog photos, the natural landscape of the eastern half of America is still rolling around in my mind, haunting me with its beauty, itching me to get back on the road.

The moss, ferns, and flowing waters of upstate NY with their contrasting, saturated, cool, deep forest greens, steel blues, and pops of oranges, reds, and yellows are hot in my head. Ooof. I'm not sure the extent to which these soft textures will influence me as I'm designing and playing around with construction on some upcoming furniture pieces--it's always a little funny thinking about pillowy, damp mosses set against the hard woods and industrial steel I usually work with. But I know they'll trickle in some way, some how. I've already got a few branches of ideas I'm starting to build on.

In the meantime, here are some excerpts from my trip. All are from my phone, and some have already made a debut on my Instagram account (@kkdwco), but each one is still filling up my heart with mega-joy.

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