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About Me


“The Pixel Diaries is a travel/lifestyle blog and visual journey through the U.S., the globe and the wonderful world of imaging.”

About Karen:

I’m a traveling pixel junkie, so to speak. To be more specific, I’m a photographer and graphic designer. I live on the road full-time, which means I have no property or physical address.  I am, what you would call, a “technomad,” meaning someone who uses technology to make their “nomad-ness” possible. Why such a crazy lifestyle? Well, I was never into convention, for one. Plus, I thrive on a dynamic and constantly-changing life. After trying to quench my thirst for adventure with a large amount of traveling, plane rides and hotels, this life seemed to just make sense.

I was trying to work out a way to travel full-time when I met Ben, who had been living on the road for four years already. I guess you could say that the planets aligned for us, because the chemistry was there as well as the multitude of things we have in common. I began living on the road with him in the beginning of 2010, and we were married in January of 2013.

We hit anywhere between 15 and 30 states per year, working on the road and shooting as much as possible. My goal with this blog is to share not only travel experiences and amazing destinations, but also my love of photography and other things visual. In addition to this site, The Pixel Diaries, I also have a more complete portfolio site, which shows off my images and design work. You can purchase prints there as well The site is: www.KarenNace.com

About Ben (The Mister)

My amazing mister is an educator, photographer, author and technomad. He’s been living on the road since 2006 searching out unique places to visit and photograph. He has a passion for vintage America and seeks out that kind of material as we travel around the country. (Needless to say, he’s driven down Route 66 a few times!)

When Ben isn’t on the road, he’s presenting Photoshop and photography seminars all around the world. Luckily for me, he needs a little assistance at those oh=so exotic locations (wink, wink!).

“Happiness is a Journey, not a Destination”

Recent Posts

  • Ports of Spain: Cádiz & Valencia

    Ports of Spain: Cádiz & Valencia

    April 21, 2014

    We sailed toward Spain after our two ports in Morocco, and what a contrast of cultures, colors and scenery! We went from weathered markets and mosques to cobblestones and ornate cathedrals. Our first two ports in Spain were Cádiz and Valencia, and I’m going to talk about them one at a time: Cádiz Cádiz is […]

  • Morocco: Agadir & Casablanca

    Morocco: Agadir & Casablanca

    January 19, 2014

    Morocco was one of those “We’re not in Kansas anymore,” experiences. Not exactly Oz, but if the Grand Mosque was green, I suppose it could have been mistaken for an Emerald City of sorts. Anyway, our lovely ship had two ports of call in Morocco – the first in Agadir and the second in Casablanca… […]

  • The Canary Islands: Tenerife

    The Canary Islands: Tenerife

    January 7, 2014

    Tenerife is the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands and we actually docked there twice during our trip (once as we were sailing east-bound and again when we were sailing west-bound.) During the first visit, we explored the town of Santa Cruz on our own. This is where the ship docked and the downtown area was […]

  • Lanzarote: Island of Volcanoes

    Lanzarote: Island of Volcanoes

    January 5, 2014

    Lanzarote is definitely the black sheep of the Canary Islands, and I assure you I mean that as a compliment! While many of its neighbors sport palm trees and lush vegetation, Lanzarote kind of resembles the surface of the moon. It’s like this because of its intense volcanic history. In the 1730’s over the course […]

  • Madeira: Toboggan Rides, Gardens & Port

    Madeira: Toboggan Rides, Gardens & Port

    December 24, 2013

    The Madeira archipelago is a cluster of Portuguese islands located over 500 miles south of Lisbon and known for the easygoing, relaxed pace of life. We docked in the town of Funchal (the name means “fennel”), which is the capital of the archipelago and went exploring from there. We decided to do one of Crystal’s […]

  • Lisbon: My first taste of Europe

    Lisbon: My first taste of Europe

    December 18, 2013

    Mosaic tiles, vibrant buildings, colorful streets and flower-filled window boxes. These are  just a handful of the things you find in Lisbon, Portugal’s historic capital. Mix all these things with a beautiful sunny day and you have the makings for a wonderful sight-seeing/photography tour. We arrived in Lisbon on a red-eye flight from Miami. Ben […]

  • Grand Teton National Park

    Grand Teton National Park

    November 21, 2013

    **I realize I have a lot of catching up to do here on the blog. I know I’m dreadfully backlogged, but that’s because we’ve been seeing and exploring a lot of good stuff! So yes, I’m behind… but I’ve got the best reasons for being behind ** Our life is so much fun. Seriously. After […]

  • Yellowstone: America’s first national park

    Yellowstone: America’s first national park

    August 11, 2013

    **NOTE: This post is a bit long (because I was so overwhelmed with this place) so if you’re not in a reading mood, just scroll to the end and watch the video slideshow. That’s where all the photos are. •• Yellowstone National Park. Gosh, where do I begin here? As I’ve mentioned several times on […]

  • Glacier: Another check on the national park list

    Glacier: Another check on the national park list

    August 9, 2013

    2013 is the summer of national park excursions for us, and our first stop was Glacier National Park in eastern Montana. We parked the bus just outside the west entrance and went exploring from there. Now I could say the following things about this park: Beautiful! Amazing! Breathtaking! But believe me… you will get really […]

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