Roadtrip / by Brooke Courtney

In November, I flew down to Savannah, Georgia to help my girlfriend Liz come home from school. We had decided a few months prior to go on a road trip and do some random sight-seeing. Now, I've never actually planned a trip or vacation or what have you, so the pressure was on to make this fun! Thanks to Google and National Geographic, I searched and searched for days trying to find something cool that Liz and I could visit. When I finally took the gamble and chose the locations we would eventually visit, I had no idea just how breathtaking they would be. Our first stop was Hunting Island State Park in South Carolina. When I googled this park, all I knew about was a cool marshland boardwalk. But what I didn't know was that on the other side of the park there was a gigantic maritime forest, lighthouse and gorgeous beach. The second Liz and I drove into this park, we were in love. We also made a second stop along our trip to Hanging Rock State Park in Danbury, North Carolina. The name alone is what sold me. And after the long hike up this mountain, the view was breathtaking. Liz and I sat up there, squeezed in-between two rocks and let all of our worries go. It was a memory I'll never forget. Here are some or my favorite photos during the trip, which turned into a lengthy portrait session with Liz. -Jeff