About Us


It all started when...

... a boy sent a girl her favorite book through an internet book exchange. Then, they met for a first date in a bar. The rest is history, yada yada yada, and they started traveling.

By day, Christian Otjen is a photographer, a dealer of vintage goods and a traveling petsitter. Kelly Vaughn is the managing editor and books editor of Arizona Highways magazine, an adjunct professor of journalism in the Walter Cronkite School at Arizona State University and a freelance contributor to a number of magazines and websites. 

Together, we're the founders of The Land Remains, a project rooted in our love of wilderness, travel, exploration and IPAs. We hope that — through our photographs and words — you're inspired to go outside and find your passion.