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

The 90s are actually alive in Portland

Everything was different as soon as we entered the city of Portland. We had slept in the car at a rest stop the night before, so we weren't feeling great, but the 90s vibes really perked me up. Greg had been waiting his whole life to get Voo Doo doughnuts, so that was our obvious … Continue reading The 90s are actually alive in Portland

Denver: Not the Only Mile-High City

We spent two nights near Denver while visiting Rocky Mountain National Park. On our way out of the area, we had to stop at the Colorado State Capitol and a doughnut place Greg had been eyeing up. We were disappointed to learn that this Capitol is closed on the weekends. We did a lap around … Continue reading Denver: Not the Only Mile-High City

Lake Tahoe | Another Lake in the High Sierras

We landed in South Lake Tahoe after a day of driving. (Side note: on the way there, I got a speeding ticket for going 45 on a poorly-marked¬†highway in Nevada where the speed limit was 25. 25 MPH on the highway? A highway with a crosswalk? Unbelievable. I saw someone get pulled over in the … Continue reading Lake Tahoe | Another Lake in the High Sierras

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

My First Mount Whitney Attempt

After climbing Mount Fuji last year, I was interested in similarly-leveled day hikes in North America. I discovered that Mount Whitney (located near Lone Pine, California) is the tallest peak in the contiguous United States. This seemed like the perfect challenge to take on. Because I was battling with uncertain road trip dates, juggling another … Continue reading My First Mount Whitney Attempt