Colorado, Travels, US National Parks

Rocky Mountain National Park Hikes: Nymph, Dream, and Emerald Lakes

Welcome, once again, to my Rocky Mountain National Park Hikes series! If you’re only in Rocky Mountain for a day or two, or you’re visiting from lower elevation, this is my #1 hiking recommendation for you! It’s not terribly long, not too steep, and at a lower elevation than most of the other park destinations.… Continue reading Rocky Mountain National Park Hikes: Nymph, Dream, and Emerald Lakes

Colorado, Travels, US National Parks

Shadows of the Past – Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado

When I mention giant redwood trees, Sequoia National Park and California are probably two of the first places that come to mind. But if I’d mentioned giant redwood trees about 34 million years ago, you’d most likely be thinking of Colorado instead! Thirty-four million years ago, what is now the Florissant Valley in the Rocky… Continue reading Shadows of the Past – Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado

Travels, West Coast US

Where Desert Meets Ocean – San Diego, California (part II)

My next couple days in San Diego were mostly filled with conference-y stuff; attending talks and poster sessions, presenting my own poster, etc. But we did still manage to find some excellent restaurants. The Gaslamp Quarter is full of places to eat, so you’ll never go hungry. For breakfasts/brunches, we ate at Chocolat, Opera Caffe,… Continue reading Where Desert Meets Ocean – San Diego, California (part II)

Midwestern US, Travels

Opt Outside

Happy belated Thanksgiving to all my American readers. I hope you'll join me and many others today and #OptOutside for Black Friday. I'm so glad REI started this trend and I hope it continues to grow in the years to come. Spent my morning exploring Minnesota, where I'm currently visiting family for the holidays. Lots… Continue reading Opt Outside