Southwestern US, Travels, US National Parks

Island in the Sky – Canyonlands National Park, Utah (part I)

After two wonderful days in Arches National Park, it was time to explore Canyonlands. Canyonlands National Park is located west of US Highway 191 in southeastern Utah. The park is transected by both the Green and Colorado Rivers, which converge, effectively splitting the park into three disconnected sections (there are no bridges across either of… Continue reading Island in the Sky – Canyonlands National Park, Utah (part I)

Lists, US National Parks

Happy Birthday to the National Park Service!

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, I've put together a list of my favorite National Park Service sites: NATIONAL PARKS #1: Glacier National Park, MTI’m probably always going to be biased towards my home state, but I think just about anyone would agree with me that Glacier is one of the… Continue reading Happy Birthday to the National Park Service!

Southwestern US, Travels, US National Parks

Sand, Sand, and More Sand – Arches National Park, Utah (part III)

For day #2 in Utah, we headed back into Arches to explore the other half of the park. We followed the main road all the way to the end this time, to the Devils Garden campground, picnic area, and trailhead. Just before the picnic area is a short trail to Skyline Arch. Devil’s Garden is… Continue reading Sand, Sand, and More Sand – Arches National Park, Utah (part III)

Southwestern US, Travels, US National Parks

102° – Arches National Park, Utah (part II)

Delicate Arch is arguably the most iconic image of Utah. It's on their license plate, state quarter, and probably every other photo of Utah you've ever seen. And with good reason...it's huge! I didn't really realize just how huge until I was standing under it looking up and realizing that, in the grand scheme of things, I'm… Continue reading 102° – Arches National Park, Utah (part II)

Southwestern US, Travels, US National Parks

The Power of Wind – Arches National Park, Utah (Part I)

Rocks are weird. And also very cool. It’s amazing to me how rocks can be arranged in such a way that differences in resistance to erosion result in the formation of such incredible geological features. Exhibit A: Arches National Park, where giant sandstone arches have formed as a result of thousands of years of exposure to water… Continue reading The Power of Wind – Arches National Park, Utah (Part I)

Southwestern US, Travels

Above – Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah

Since we'd had so much fun in southern Utah in 2009, we decided to head back to the area the following summer. My mom had visited Arches National Park many years ago, but none of us had ever been to Canyonlands or Mesa Verde. Plus, my sister wanted to check out a college in Colorado. So we… Continue reading Above – Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah

Montana

Trek to the Big Sky, Montana

Every summer, a local nonprofit called Reach, Incorporated used to host a hike called Trek to the Big Sky. Reach, Inc. is an organization that provides services and support for adults with disabilities. Trek to the Big Sky was an annual fundraiser for this organization. My mom’s work supported the cause, and each year would… Continue reading Trek to the Big Sky, Montana