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

Lists, Southwestern US, Travels

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

Southwestern US, Travels, US National Parks

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)

Southwestern US, Travels, US National Parks

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)