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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 – 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 […]

Iceland – Budget Travel, But Like How?

Iceland – Budget Travel, But Like How?

It’s true, Iceland is not exactly an inexpensive place to vacation/holiday, but Iceland budget travel is not impossible! (Did you follow all those double negatives? lol!) Perhaps it’s comparable to the California prices I encounter day to day. BUT with a little planning, you can […]

Iceland – Aurora Huntress

Iceland – Aurora Huntress

I am no expert. I am no scientist. But I do know how to use the internet to research. And I made it a personal mission to see the elusive Aurora Borealis. Part of my determination originated from being unable to see the Northern Lights […]

Iceland – Vegan Eats!

Iceland – Vegan Eats!

With a little planning, eating a vegan in Iceland is surprisingly simple, even in winter. One of my biggest priorities when visiting Iceland was to see the northern lights. With that in mind, I chose our accommodations a bit far out of the way from […]