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

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

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

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?