Southwestern US, Travels, US National Parks

Exploring the Needles – Canyonlands National Park, Utah (part I)

Eleven years ago I set foot in Canyonlands for the first time, a stop on our annual family summer national parks road trip. We spent a full day in the park, seeing as much as we could. But we knew we’d barely scratched the surface. This time around, I was determined to see more of… Continue reading Exploring the Needles – Canyonlands National Park, Utah (part I)

Southwestern US, Travels, US National Parks

Iconic Utah – Hiking to Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch is inarguably the most iconic sight in all of Utah. It’s on the license plate, the state quarter, signs all over the state, and numerous other things. But none of these can prepare you for the majesty of the arch itself. The first time I saw it 11 years ago, I was completely… Continue reading Iconic Utah – Hiking to Delicate Arch

Southwestern US, Travels

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

Travels, US National Parks, West Coast US

“I Walked on the Moon” – Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho (part I)

First things first: if you don’t understand the reference in the title of this post, drop everything and go look up Brian Regan on YouTube (well, okay, read the rest of the post first and then go look him up!). He’s my absolute favorite comedian for two reasons: (1) his humor is clean, and (2)… Continue reading “I Walked on the Moon” – Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho (part I)

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

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)