So we met on a warm summer evening and the house was clean, as promised, and it was beautiful. I was first greeted by the wagging tail and prancing feet of the resident house pup. Later, Nik answered my knock with a big smile and firm handshake. He introduced me to Max Slater, the drummer for the group. The three of us chatted for nearly an hour, the conversation tumbling effortlessly from one topic to another. In the end, I learned a lot about this new band and the “no pressure” attitude of the guys putting it together.Read More
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It didn’t take long for us to walk through every plateau of thought from adventures abroad to love gone terribly sour. Almost speaking simultaneously at times, you could tell these four were naturally in sync as they finished each other’s every sentence. Some responses were compiled as a band, while others warranted individual reflections. Either way, it’s safe to say these fellas were anything but a ‘bummer,’ and had me fully entertained throughout our interviewRead More
Emily joined The Campfire Experience late in 2016 and jumped right in traveling with us to Asheville, North Carolina to help produce one of our most magical events to date. She has a tremendous gift as a poet and writer capturing beauty and emotion with such honesty. In addition to being a wonderful contributor to our blog and our overall communications, she has passionately worn many hats from business development to event production. Take a moment to get to know Emily Rose.Read More
It's winter in Ohio and I'm sitting down preparing for a phone call with front woman Katie Burke of The Lunar Year to ask her some questions about her inspiration, her band, and their plans for the future. To my delight, Katie and I immediately bond over Conor Oberst, Bright Eyes, and all things emo in our younger days.
“Emotion is universal” she tells me, about her attraction to writing about emotions. "Even those shitty ones that live way way down in the bottom of your heart."Read More
Where to begin. After multiple treks to Colorado this past year, the momentum of exploration fueled the fire within me to seek a new challenge: braving the unknown alone.
This idea of venturing off in solitary was a seed planted as I traveled back to Ohio with memories of endless stars, windy mountaintops, sentiments of wild freedom and campfire ash still adorning my jacket and my mind. After being happily covered in dirt from one hike to another on Colorado soil, a month in my urban apartment already roused an unsettled sense of cabin fever.Read More
Blank stares or a “that’s cool…?” is the response I get more than half of the time when I tell people I have a blog dedicated to mostly abandoned buildings. It’s grown to incorporate to nature photography, pictures of interesting structures in general, cute photos of my friend’s farm animals, but at its foundation are abandoned buildings. I’d like to think I have a special skill for being able to pick them out everywhere I go. Whether it’s a rural or more urban area, I’m able to zero in on them right away, it’s like being drawn to them. I feel like I understand these buildings, I can recognize their beauty and sadness because it’s what I see in my own life. I empathize with that feeling of the world moving on around you and you feeling left behind. I’m always curious about what led to each building’s vacancy, about the lives that played out behind doors.
There is small but growing community of fellow explorers who share the same curiosity and passion when it comes to documenting forgotten treasures. In no particular order, the following are my top ten tips that I’ve gathered and created for myself when it comes to getting out on the road and starting to photograph these decaying relics.Read More
Kayla joined The Campfire Experience early in 2016 and has been an incredible force of nature with a wonderfully creative soul. In addition to assisting with day to day operations, she has taken her love of music and injected it into leading the upcoming Campfire Sessions - which we cannot wait to announce! Take a moment to get to know Kayla.Read More
Darin Young, host of the Creative Pursuit podcast, sat down with our founder Amy to discuss how her idea began as a side hustle but eventually led to her quitting her corporate job and venturing into the risky world of entrepreneurship.Read More
We’ve come a long way since the days of poorly folded, crumpled up maps being shoved into the glove compartment when it comes to planning road trips. These are a few of our favorite tools we use before and while we’re hitting the road.Read More
This was the beginning of my exploration of and adventures in Ohio. I started to enjoy heading out to explore small towns and back roads without a plan. Two and a half years later our lives have moved in different directions. And I have developed a fondness for exploring the unexplored and capturing the often overlooked beauty that can be found all around us.Read More
The last time you heard from me, I had just completed a week venturing through some of our country’s most awe-inspiring national parks. And if you couldn’t tell, I was on cloud nine for doing so. I loved the natural beauty of the parks, but more so, the feeling I had being part of something so much bigger than me.Read More
From those heights, a lot of emotions tend to flow through one’s system. Personally speaking, I was somewhere between nervous and terrified, as I’ve always been afraid of heights. But the higher I walked, and the more spectacular the views became, I felt a new emotion bubbling up: freedom.Read More
Every summer my family camped at Kelly's Island State Park until I left for college. Now that I have a family of my own I love sharing my favorite childhood memories. And while I thought I knew everything there was to know about this tiny island, I was surprised by many hidden gems.Read More
One afternoon, when I was six-months pregnant, my husband and I left for a music festival on a whim. He took our guest bedroom mattress and stuffed it into our car. Laughing at ourselves, we threw our bags into the car and headed to a weekend of music. It was that weekend I realized something: I love the campfire experience, but not the camping experience.Read More