Southwestern US, Travels

Lemurs, Lavender, and Palm Trees: Texas + a (not so) quick layover in Orlando

In May 2015, my sister was graduating from college in Dallas (with all the honors, she’s super smart!) so I headed to Texas for a few days for the ceremony and to visit my aunt and uncle who live in the area. My mom, grandma, and another aunt also made the trip, so it was… Continue reading Lemurs, Lavender, and Palm Trees: Texas + a (not so) quick layover in Orlando

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Places I Never Thought I’d Go

Does this ever happen to you? You’re traveling and you end up somewhere you never in a million years thought you’d go? I'm not talking about planned destinations. Like Prince Edward Island, for example. Or Nova Scotia. Those were definitely places that weren’t even on our radar before I moved out east, but when we… Continue reading Places I Never Thought I’d Go

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Fit for the Gods – Garden of the Gods, Colorado

After waving goodbye to the beauty of Great Sand Dunes, my mom and I continued making our way north back towards Montana. Our next stop was just outside Colorado Springs at the Garden of the Gods. Garden of the Gods is a large public park that is home to towering red rock formations. Its beauty… Continue reading Fit for the Gods – Garden of the Gods, Colorado

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One Step Forward, Two Steps Back – Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, Colorado

When I say sand dunes, you probably think of a beach somewhere with mounds of sand in one direction and the vastness of the ocean in the other. But what if I said the sand dunes were in Colorado? Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is located northeast of Alamosa, CO in the shadow of… Continue reading One Step Forward, Two Steps Back – Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, Colorado

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Close Encounters of the Rattlesnake Kind – Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas (part II)

After the beautiful sunset the night before, we were treated to a similar splash of color upon waking. Just one of the many reasons I love the wide open spaces and big skies of the west. On our second day in Guadalupe Mountains National Park, we explored the Pine Springs area. Quite a few trails… Continue reading Close Encounters of the Rattlesnake Kind – Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas (part II)

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Everything is Bigger in Texas – Guadalupe Mountains National Park (part I)

When I think of Texas, mountains certainly isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But there are in fact mountains there, and they’re decently large. Guadalupe Mountains National Park is located in west Texas, just south of the border with New Mexico and 2 hours east of El Paso. From Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico,… Continue reading Everything is Bigger in Texas – Guadalupe Mountains National Park (part I)

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A World Underground – Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico

Carlsbad Caverns is a depiction of two very different worlds: the one above the ground, and the one down below. Up above, the sun is hot, the air is dry, and every plant and animal has to be very resilient and adaptable to survive in this niche where the Guadalupe Mountains meet the Chihuahuan Desert.… Continue reading A World Underground – Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico