Road Trip | In Summary

States: 23 Miles: 10,000 Days: 28 Hours of driving: 150 National Parks: 11 Taco Bells visited: 12 Nights spent in the car: 10 This trip was exhausting, exhilarating, exciting, and downright terrifying. However, it was most definitely not expensive. If this is something you're interested in doing - DO IT. As long as you have the … Continue reading Road Trip | In Summary

Summiting Half Dome in Yosemite National Park

Ever since I learned of the permit system for climbing up the cables on Half Dome, I've wanted to do it. Admittedly, it was only about a year ago, but still. I knew Yosemite would be on my road trip's must-see list this year. I applied for a range of dates to let that dictate … Continue reading Summiting Half Dome in Yosemite National Park

My Death Valley Reunion

The morning after our Whitney attempt, we immediately hit the road for the scorching hot temperatures of my beloved valley. We checked out (most of) Father John Crawley Vista on the way in. I've done that drive many times before, but it offer so many great views. The Panamint dunes are hanging out there in … Continue reading My Death Valley Reunion

Redwood National Park | Rocky Coasts and Tall Trees

After getting a late start leaving Oakland, we began the long trek to the Redwoods. We intended to hit up the coastal National Park section of the parks and got there at around dinner time. We rushed to buy our souvenir magnets, then hit up the beach briefly. It was cool and breezy, but the … Continue reading Redwood National Park | Rocky Coasts and Tall Trees

Middle America: Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio

After Idaho, we had a day to spend with friends in Logan, Utah. We got some Aggie Ice Cream, saw some local shops and cafes, and had a nice time with one of the nicest families I've met. We saw some nature-y dams and got to get some great views of Bear Lake on the … Continue reading Middle America: Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio

Zion National Park: Big because it’s small?

After my skydiving experience, we headed into Zion National Park. There were a ton of signs saying "Zion parking full, park in town." This warning didn't deter me because ALL of the "town" parking was over $15 for the day, and one still needed to take the shuttle from there. We took our chances and … Continue reading Zion National Park: Big because it’s small?

Crater Lake: A Caldera of Pollen

We drove up through the forests of Oregon in the morning. We were messy and tired that morning, but entered the tiny principal park VC to ask questions and buy magnets. We decided upon driving North on the West side of the park which a ranger told us was the more scenic route. Greg decided … Continue reading Crater Lake: A Caldera of Pollen

A Truly Rocky Mountain National Park

With few plans and expectations, Greg and I got in the car way later than we expected that Saturday morning. I knew that getting an early start would be best for any hike, but also for avoiding the crowds that I was somewhat expecting at Rocky Mountain National Park. It took about two hours from … Continue reading A Truly Rocky Mountain National Park

The Road Less Traveled By at the Grand Canyon North Rim

In order to break up the long drive from Utah to southern Arizona, we planned a stop at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. I was excited because I've seen the South Rim and had heard better things about the North end of the park. Only 10% of the Grand Canyon's visitors go to … Continue reading The Road Less Traveled By at the Grand Canyon North Rim

Camping in Great Sand Dunes National Park: Expectations vs. Reality

When I discovered that one can camp in actual sand dunes, I was enthralled. I fell in love with the desert last summer and haven't looked back. A place in Death Valley I'd wished I had spent more time was Mesquite Sand Dunes. They were beautiful and an amazing photo spot. This past year, I … Continue reading Camping in Great Sand Dunes National Park: Expectations vs. Reality