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

My history with Lilly Pulitzer

As we reach the time of year that they typically hold a major sale, I am reflecting on my history with the Lilly Pulitzer label. It all started as me trying to imitate the young women on tumblr who flaunted their hundreds of Lilly items, drawers full of Lilly shorts, and weekly new Lilly shifts. … Continue reading My history with Lilly Pulitzer

Labor Day Weekend in Bar Harbor

I first visited Acadia National Park last October for one day, but it was not nearly enough time. It was a rainy, windy autumn day, and I didn't get to see the ocean side of the park at all. An extended trip to Acadia was very necessary. Having a free weekend after I moved into … Continue reading Labor Day Weekend in Bar Harbor

My Summer 2k17 Playlist

I've been doing a lot of driving these past couple of months which has led me to discover some great radio stations around California. These stations provided the soundtracks to my trips to Sequoia, Yosemite, and Los Angeles. "Don't Take the Money" Bleachers I'm a big fan of their first album, but hadn't given their … Continue reading My Summer 2k17 Playlist