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California – Badwater Basin, Death Valley

California – Badwater Basin, Death Valley

We visited Death Valley National Park and Badwater Basin for the first time this winter. The days were short, but with only a few people in the park, we got to explore so many areas in a single weekend. The temperature was chilly, especially when […]

Utah – Canyonlands National Park

Utah – Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands is the lesser visited sister to Arches National Park. Both are located in Utah, north of Moab and show the dynamic range of results that erosion has on the desert environment. I’ll be honest and say that if I only had one day in […]

Utah – Wine Tasting in Moab

Utah – Wine Tasting in Moab

As a mountain biking and National Park destination, you may not think of Moab as place for wine tasting. Especially with the amount laws related to alcohol in Utah! We learned the laws the hard way the first night, when browsing the grocery store for […]

Utah – Arches National Park

Utah – Arches National Park

Aptly named, Arches National Park has an array of surprising and stunning natural formations to view. As you leave Delicate Arch after sunrise, head to the other incredible Arches in Arches National Park when the crowds are focused on heading straight for Delicate Arch. We […]

Utah – Visit Natural Bridges

Utah – Visit Natural Bridges

During our trip to Utah, I wanted to include a day-long activity. I looked into whitewater rafting (will HAVE to do next time we visit) and longer hikes. The problem with longer hikes in the middle of summer is the amount of gear required and […]

Utah – Monument Valley

Utah – Monument Valley

We almost didn’t go to Monument Valley, while visiting Utah, but boy and I am happy we made the trip. On the drive in, you begin seeing the enormous sandstone buttes in the distance. As you get closer, you try to find the spot Forest […]

Utah – Dead Horse Point State Park

Utah – Dead Horse Point State Park

Dead Horse Point State Park has one spectacular view of a U-shaped bend in the Colorado River, surrounded by red canyon walls. Beyond this viewpoint, I believe the main attractions are pet-friendly trails and mountain biking. In National Parks, mountain biking is generally not allowed, […]

Utah – Delicate Arch at Sunrise

Utah – Delicate Arch at Sunrise

Delicate Arch is a stunning piece of art in its own right. Delicate Arch at sunrise will actually knock your socks off. Yes, it’s still dark when you wake up. Yes, the trailhead is deep into Arches National Park. And yes, it’s a mile or […]

Santa Barbara – Buggie Rental

Santa Barbara – Buggie Rental

Gimme a toot toot, gimme a beep beep! I have seen these little motorized buggies going up and down State Street for a couple months and could not resist them any longer. On a sunny Sunday in June, I convinced boyfriend to do an hour […]

Iceland – Lagooning in Winter

Iceland – Lagooning in Winter

The Secret Lagoon is a steamy alternative to the Blue Lagoon. Below I describe our stormy encounters with each place, but wish we could have visited even more locations. If we didn’t have to change our plan due to an approaching storm, you can bet […]