Arizona Desert Photos: Taking a Bulleit for Family p.1

Arizona Desert Photos brother

Part one of Taking a Bulleit features Arizona desert photos. It starts with the newly bearded jawline of my dear brother, Jason. He and I flew together to Arizona in February of this year. We met our father, his wife and good friend of mine, Sheri, and my favorite little dude in the world, our five-year-old brother, Kane, shortly after landing in Phoenix.

Arizona Desert Photos landscape

This was my third time in Arizona, I’ve had family there my whole life. It’s always been my favorite state and… now that I think about it, it could be my favorite place in general. The lightness of the atmosphere is so refreshing, not to mention the miles of dusty mountaintop views in every direction.

Arizona Desert Photos palm trees

The main motivator for the trip, not that one was needed, was the celebration of my Grandmother’s 90th birthday. I was understandably excited to see her for the first time in about five years. I was blown away at the revelation that my father and his siblings would all be in the same place for the first time in thirty years.

Arizona Desert Photos cactus

The airport is about forty minutes from where my family lives. Some of our other destinations also required mileage to be covered. To no one’s surprise at Glass Duffle, some of my most cherished time on the trip was spent on the road. We laughed so hard in that car. I wish so badly that there was a dash cam capturing the shenanigans.

Arizona Desert Photos family

My aunt (pictured) put together a lovely party for the beloved guest of honor (pictured). My uncle (pictured) gave a tearful toast. Tearful on my part, too, to be clear. There’s a level of emotion involved with all things “family” that nothing can touch. It’s in moments like the one seen here, where every person in the room is feeding on the same energy, the same love, that the power of family is truly felt.

Arizona Desert Photos valley

We managed to find a mountainside we had scaled on our previous trip, and stopped to recreate some photos. I’ll admit that I haven’t mastered the camera + hike yet. Having it swinging at my side or strapped on my back didn’t make crawling around on ledges any easier.

Arizona Desert Photos black and white

The “Bulleit” in the title of this post refers to Bulleit Bourbon. It’s up there, shining in the header of this page. At the conclusion of day three of this trip, my Bulleit riddled body laid motionless on the ground as a cloud of Arizona dust rose around me. More on this in part two.

Arizona Desert Photos stones

My father’s siblings weren’t the only family in town. We had upwards of twenty familiar faces and laughs to revel in for the weekend. In my aunt and uncle’s backyard is where the best catching up, cigar smoking and pilsner drinking occurred.  I could listen to my Dad and his brother tell stories for hours on end.

Arizona Desert Photos family

Everyone stayed for different lengths of time, going in different directions when their boarding groups were called. I’m thankful for the time I got to spend with loved ones I don’t see often enough. They’re all just as cool as I remembered. Experiences like this recharge an internal battery that you’re only aware of when it’s low. I’m fully charged.

photo essay old west image landscape

Part two of Taking a Bulleit will cover the third day of our visit. On day three, we drove to Old Tucson Studios, where Western films have been shot for more than seventy years. Previews of part two will be up on Instagram in the coming days, from my own account and from the Glass Duffle account.

 

Author: Wes R. Kasik

A life-long resident of Ohio, Wes relocated to sunny San Diego at the end of 2015 to find himself, challenge himself, freelance, and every other cliche a creative person could use as motivation to drive more than fifty hours across the country with their possesions perilously in tow. He has never been happier.

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  1. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHYEA!!!!!LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!!!  BEST TRIP EVER!!!!  WSIH WE WERE BACK HAVING SOME BLOODY’S!!!

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  2. WELL SAID!!!     HOW WONDERFUL THAT EVERYONE “YOUNG AND OLD” HAD SUCH A GREAT TIME!  IT REALLY WAS SPECIAL!
    WE WISH ALL OF YOU WERE STILL HERE ENJOYING THE CIGAR SMOKING, PILSNER DRINKING AND CATCHING UP EVEN MORE!  IT’S BEEN WAY TOO LONG.
    LETS PLAN ON ALL OF US RECHARGING OUR INTERNAL BATTERIES MORE OFTEN – IT WOULD BE GREAT!   FAMILY TRUELY IS SO VERY IMPORTANT! 
    KEEP UP THE GREAT BLOGS – WE READ THEM ALL!
    LUV AND MISS YOU ALOT!  AUNT LYNN AND UNCLE RUSS

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  3. I’m in for next trip as an extension of the fam

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  4. LynnSilagy  Thanks for dropping in guys, I’m really glad you like the post. We had such a good time! Thank so much for everything you did to make it so perfect.

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  5. Wonderful-Delightful-Fabulous-Terrific….story has heart…..truly touched mine…..thanks !

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