Saguaro National Park: the biggest disappointment is its pronunciation

In my family, we really like the cactus in its many forms. I have basically a whole nursery of succulents, and I enjoy checking out their larger cousins. It's a plus that cacti grow in desert climates, a climate I love. In my travels last year, I saw many different kinds of cacti, but not … Continue reading Saguaro National Park: the biggest disappointment is its pronunciation

Kentucky: the Land of Lincoln?

The first day of our trip was filled with driving. We drove through much of Pennsylvania and all of West Virginia. Our only recreational stop was Charleston, WV to see the State Capitol. This will sound so insignificant to so many, but we saw a black squirrel which has somehow turned into a highlight of … Continue reading Kentucky: the Land of Lincoln?

My First Time Witnessing the Magic of Yosemite

I made the somewhat last-minute decision to hit up Yosemite the day after I did my drive-through of Sequoia and King's Canyon. The GPS was giving me conflicting advice about how long the drive would take from my Airbnb in Fresno. I got on the road as the sun was coming up, trying to beat … Continue reading My First Time Witnessing the Magic of Yosemite

Sequoia and King’s Canyon National Parks: Big Trees and Long Drives

My first big outing after arriving in Death Valley was a weekend trip the Sequoia and King's Canyon National Parks. I took off early in the morning while the desert temperatures were still mild and started on CA190. At first, the seemingly-endless desert scared me. I had no service, little water, and had no idea … Continue reading Sequoia and King’s Canyon National Parks: Big Trees and Long Drives

Senior Week in Acadia National Park

My three best friends (and senior roommates) and I decided to have one last hoorah in Acadia National Park during Senior Week. We made the 6-hour road trip with a stop in Freeport for ice cream and a boot before arriving in Blackwoods Campground. We had two nights, but barely two days and wanted to … Continue reading Senior Week in Acadia National Park

Death Valley: How I Fell in Love with the Desert

After saying goodbye to Greg at McCarran International, I started the two-hour drive from Vegas to Death Valley National Park, my home for the next six weeks. (Six weeks is a long time; buckle in for a long ride.) I had gotten a later start, so it was already getting dark when I left. The … Continue reading Death Valley: How I Fell in Love with the Desert

Bryce Canyon: A Last-Minute Trip

At the tail-end of my cross-country journey to Death Valley, Greg and I spent the night in a beautiful Utah state park. Well, we didn't actually know it was beautiful because we arrived long after dark, but it was confirmed the next morning. We woke up (pretty cold) in Fremont Indian State Park early the … Continue reading Bryce Canyon: A Last-Minute Trip

Joshua Tree National Park, or Those Dr. Seuss trees in the desert

During my limited time in the beautiful lands of Death Valley, I took many a side trip. One of them was a day trip to another desert: Joshua Tree National Park. Leaving before the temperatures reached 100 degrees, I packed a day's worth of food and a lot of water. I knew that my outing … Continue reading Joshua Tree National Park, or Those Dr. Seuss trees in the desert

How to navigate the intricacies of souvenir-shopping

With my recent move toward minimalism, I've realized how many souvenir shops are filled with worthless garbage. Even if they're "Buy 8 for $20," shirts with the name of the place you visited are made of the same itchy cotton you get with free t-shirts. And is it really necessary to have a shirt from … Continue reading How to navigate the intricacies of souvenir-shopping

Friday Favorites #7: Netflix Documentaries

I'm easily inspired by real people doing things. Very general, yes, but this is why documentaries are so inspiring to me. About a year ago, my boyfriend and I used free tickets he got for Christmas to visit the Boston Museum of Science. We had tickets to see something called National Parks Adventure in their … Continue reading Friday Favorites #7: Netflix Documentaries