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Lost Maples State Natural Area, Texas

I believe this to be - at this point in my life - my favorite photo that I have ever taken.

Lost Maples State Natural Area is a heaven-like state park deep into the Texas Hill Country near the small hamlets of Utopia and Bandera. Complete with tough hikes, a peaceful lake in a deep canyon and beautiful views from hilltops, Lost Maples was the perfect place for us to wrap up our exploration and tour of west Texas.
Lost Maples State Natural Area, Texas

Big Bend, Texas

It's no surprise Big Bend National Park has two distinct nicknames - God's country, and the Devil's playground. We spent a week in March exploring Texas' hill country and Big Bend region, slowing making our to Big Bend National Park. The Christmas Mountains tease visitors heading south on Hwy 118 toward the park, and then, after passing through Study Butte and Terlingua, the Chisos Mountains appear on the horizon, greeting park visitors. 
Big Bend is like three national parks molded into one - majestic Chisos Mountains bumping up against the unpredictable and currently controversial Rio Grande dividing Texas and Mexico, slicing through the Santa Elena and Boquillas canyons. The harsh desert, peppered with agave plants, javelina families and cat tail-like trees, makes up most of the park's area. 
We hiked the Grapevine Hills trail up to the famed Balanced Rock formation, traversed the Santa Elena canyon along the Rio and drove the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive back out, finding the distinct Mules Ear rock formation, watching the Chisos Mountains whiz by and climbing volcanic ash piles on the roadside.

The trip opened our eyes to a unique and complex part of Texas, offering a soul cleansing effect and breathtaking beauty that most Texans aren't lucky enough to see or experience.

Our book is now available!

Our book, documenting our trip across Spain, is now available at the link below.

Una Vida, Un Camino: Camino de Santiago de Compostela, Francés

Momma, I love you. And I dedicate this book to you- and everything that you were, and all the good that remains on this earth because of your sacrifice and love. I hope that this book brings you joy. I love you momma.

Thank you for your support.


We plan on sending the publishing company our print-ready version of the book this weekend. Check back later in the summer for publication completion information and release dates.

The book will be available online through many different retailers.

Meanwhile, we're starting to think about our next trip, which will feature a blog and coffee table book as well. Three ideas: the Inca Trail in Peru, the Jesus Trail in Israel or the 88 Temple Pilgrimage in Japan. Thoughts?

Book update

We're working on our book this week in Oklahoma. Everything about this publication is written, photographed and designed by us.

Will keep you updated on the publication process.


Alexa Garcia-Ditta

Alexa, 23, graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a dual bachelor's degree in Journalism and Spanish. She is currently attending graduate school at the University of Texas in Austin.

Rebekah Workman

Rebekah, 30, is a freelance photojournalist based in Oklahoma. She explores and absolutely loves every aspect of photojournalism and recently discovered a profound enthusiasm for documenting weddings.

Our Book

Una Vida, Un Camino chronicles our unique experience through words and photos along the Camino de Santiago de Compostela through northern Spain.

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