Area Sparknotes

California/Nevada – Rhyolite Ghost Town

California/Nevada – Rhyolite Ghost Town

Rhyolite is a ghost town about 45 minutes outside of Death Valley National Park. It was nice change of scenery after being 282 feet below sea level and exploring golden canyons. I am not sure if it was the overcast day,  the location, or knowing […]

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, […]

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 – Winter Driving

Iceland – Winter Driving

This post is for those of you who are worried about going to Iceland during the winter due to driving conditions. Now winter in Iceland is not a joking matter, but visiting Iceland during winter is absolutely magical and driving should not scare you. At […]

Iceland – Geysir, is it worth it?

Iceland – Geysir, is it worth it?

This should be a short, but explosive post about visiting Geysir (you see what I did there?). I am solely focusing on Geysir, so if you are planning a visit and you are not going on a tour, you may be asking yourself: Is it […]

Iceland – Southeastern Coast Drive

Iceland – Southeastern Coast Drive

When traveling to Iceland in winter, one main attraction is to drive the ring road along the southeastern coast or at least a portion of it to see gorgeous waterfalls on one side and the ocean with black sand beaches on the other. The southeastern […]