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California – Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Death Valley

California – Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Death Valley

If you squint your eyes at the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, it is easy to believe you are in the Sahara Desert. Yet, in ever direction, you can see the mountains in the distance that make up the edges of the Death Valley. To be […]

California – Golden Canyon Hike, Death Valley

California – Golden Canyon Hike, Death Valley

After driving the 4+ hours to get to Death Valley, you might want to get out and stretch your legs. For this I recommend the Golden Canyon Hike. The Golden Canyon Hike is a bit of a choose-your-own-adventure where you can decide how long you […]

California – Artist’s Palette, Death Valley

California – Artist’s Palette, Death Valley

If you are visiting Death Valley, absolutely do not miss Artist’s Drive and Artist’s Palette. Artist’s Drive is a nine mile gorgeous drive that is one way, heading north. The drive is a meandering road with a variety of views – from the Badwater Basin […]

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 – 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 – 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 […]

New Zealand -Waitomo Glowworm Caves

New Zealand -Waitomo Glowworm Caves

At a Glance: Rating: 4 Stars, would do it again in a heartbeat Duration: 3-4 hours Cost: $75 Location: Waitomo Restrooms: Nature style, one port-a-potty out there too Highlights: Insanely beautiful and magical (unicorn status) Not strenuous / physically demanding Recommendations: Book in advance Comfy […]