Matt Parcher @mattparcher

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📍 Louisville, CO 👤 Californian, web geek 📷 #iPhoneOnly 👍 truth, beauty, joy 💡 Eudora Welty: “A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.”

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Half an hour after I crossed the Utah-Colorado line, sunrise found me at the *perfect* time //
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See, a few days before New Year’s, I drove solo to San Diego to surprise my old buddy Dan.
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To cover the 1,000 miles from Boulder in less than a day, I got up and hit the road that morning by 2am.
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I honestly didn’t plan for any scenic stops… but five hours later, dawn arrived, and I could actually see where I was 😲
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There in the distance, I noticed a familiar sight: a little rest stop, and this view—from a lone black gazebo sitting up high…
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I had *been* here, on countless family road trips, so many years ago… but I‘d never seen it like *this*, so early—let alone dusted with *snow* 🎉
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Half an hour after I crossed the Utah-Colorado line, sunrise found me at the *perfect* time // . See, a few days before New Year’s, I drove solo to San Diego to surprise my old buddy Dan. . To cover the 1,000 miles from Boulder in less than a day, I got up and hit the road that morning by 2am. . I honestly didn’t plan for any scenic stops… but five hours later, dawn arrived, and I could actually see where I was 😲 . There in the distance, I noticed a familiar sight: a little rest stop, and this view—from a lone black gazebo sitting up high… . I had *been* here, on countless family road trips, so many years ago… but I‘d never seen it like *this*, so early—let alone dusted with *snow* 🎉

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A TREAT, JUST TO HAVE SAND IN MY FEET AGAIN //
Before I moved to Colorado a couple years ago, I spent my entire life with the ocean never more than a few minutes away… 
In my young San Diego summers, we had get-togethers on the beach nearly every week, and when I lived in Santa Cruz with the Monterey Bay, I spent *many* late nights up on the cliffs just listening to the waves…
But somehow, in all those years, I never learned to surf—to my great shame 🥧
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A TREAT, JUST TO HAVE SAND IN MY FEET AGAIN // Before I moved to Colorado a couple years ago, I spent my entire life with the ocean never more than a few minutes away… In my young San Diego summers, we had get-togethers on the beach nearly every week, and when I lived in Santa Cruz with the Monterey Bay, I spent *many* late nights up on the cliffs just listening to the waves… But somehow, in all those years, I never learned to surf—to my great shame 🥧

Coming from Colorado, it was hard to not notice *every single majestic palm tree* that dots all of San Diego’s shopping malls and streets… 🥕
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Coming from Colorado, it was hard to not notice *every single majestic palm tree* that dots all of San Diego’s shopping malls and streets… 🥕

That early-morning marine layer breeze is *all I need* 🐚
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That early-morning marine layer breeze is *all I need* 🐚

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SO-CAL SWOON // In Carlsbad, I found my new favorite place: an open-air *succulent* café, serving coffee and sustenance among these eye-popping displays 🐯
(I could spend every single day here, if I didn’t live three states away…)
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SO-CAL SWOON // In Carlsbad, I found my new favorite place: an open-air *succulent* café, serving coffee and sustenance among these eye-popping displays 🐯 (I could spend every single day here, if I didn’t live three states away…)

NYE // This has been one *heck* of a long year… but now as 2017 finally comes to a close, it’s hard to believe that 2018 is actually here!
As we look ahead, I wish *all good things* for you and yours — most of all beauty, love, joy, and growth 🙌
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NYE // This has been one *heck* of a long year… but now as 2017 finally comes to a close, it’s hard to believe that 2018 is actually here! As we look ahead, I wish *all good things* for you and yours — most of all beauty, love, joy, and growth 🙌

I’m back in San Diego to spend New Year’s with a million of my favorite people — and everything is *perfect* 🌯
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I’m back in San Diego to spend New Year’s with a million of my favorite people — and everything is *perfect* 🌯

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I’ve never seen anything quite like these post-apocalyptic piles of shale — with the dirt washed-away, and the water level low, they now wait here together, temporarily exposed…
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I’ve never seen anything quite like these post-apocalyptic piles of shale — with the dirt washed-away, and the water level low, they now wait here together, temporarily exposed…

Winter beauty in the mountains is an unreal, but *precious* thing: the white cover comes down heavy and fast, it’s all you can see… but before you know it, the sun is back — and from a hundred feet away, you can *hear* all those sheets of ice as they start to crack 🕸
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Winter beauty in the mountains is an unreal, but *precious* thing: the white cover comes down heavy and fast, it’s all you can see… but before you know it, the sun is back — and from a hundred feet away, you can *hear* all those sheets of ice as they start to crack 🕸

So far, the little cabin community of Heeney hasn’t seen too much snow — but with the reservoir level now down 50 feet, much of it has already begun to freeze… and it’s like a whole different world 🧖‍♂️
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So far, the little cabin community of Heeney hasn’t seen too much snow — but with the reservoir level now down 50 feet, much of it has already begun to freeze… and it’s like a whole different world 🧖‍♂️

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On Christmas Eve, with fresh snow, a morning stroll down old-town Main Street…
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On Christmas Eve, with fresh snow, a morning stroll down old-town Main Street…

Party on and be merry, my festive friends 🐛
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Party on and be merry, my festive friends 🐛

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