Exploring a Slot Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

Zion was a must-visit during our time in Utah. We knew that to see the heart of the park, visitors are required to ride a shuttle, yet we knew that seeing just a part of the park would be worth it. When Will’s parents were in town, they visited the park, so we had veryContinue reading “Exploring a Slot Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah”

My Longest Solo Hike, 5 Miles through Snow Canyon State Park, Utah

With all the hiking I did in Snow Canyon, I feel like I finally found my confidence in who I am as a hiker. I have loved hiking for some time but was always hesitant to go out for any distance on my own. However, toward the end of our stay in Snow Canyon, thereContinue reading “My Longest Solo Hike, 5 Miles through Snow Canyon State Park, Utah”

Celebrating Our Anniversary at the Top of Cinder Cone Volcano, Snow Canyon State Park, Utah

Our 4th wedding anniversary happened to fall during the week when Will’s parents were visiting. They were ecstatic to spend time with Bird, so we managed an evening getaway to Las Vegas early in the week and another amazing hike on the morning of our anniversary to celebrate. Since we found ourselves hiking without theContinue reading “Celebrating Our Anniversary at the Top of Cinder Cone Volcano, Snow Canyon State Park, Utah”

A Quiet Hike to Johnson Canyon, Snow Canyon State Park, Utah

For the first time since Bird came into our lives, Will and I were able to go on a hike just the 2 of us when his parents came for a visit in Utah. Will had explored some of the trails in Snow Canyon, but he had not gotten out nearly as much as IContinue reading “A Quiet Hike to Johnson Canyon, Snow Canyon State Park, Utah”

Exploring Snow Canyon State Park with a Toddler, Utah

Little Bird and I had the unique opportunity to really get to know and enjoy Snow Canyon State Park while Will completed his camp host duties. While many of the trails are too long or too difficult for a toddler, there were plenty of places where she could run and explore. On Will’s first dayContinue reading “Exploring Snow Canyon State Park with a Toddler, Utah”

Self Care Sunrise Hikes in Snow Canyon State Park, Utah

One of my main goals for our time in Snow Canyon State Park was to carve out time for myself on a regular basis. With our roles and lifestyle shifting as Will left the camper for work for the first time, I knew I would need to find a way to balance work, caring forContinue reading “Self Care Sunrise Hikes in Snow Canyon State Park, Utah”

A Sunrise Hike to the Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Utah

As we were planning and discussing our visit to Arches, the top thing both Will and I wanted to do was hike to Delicate Arch. However, we also knew that Arches is a very busy Park that closes the gate when a certain capacity is reached, and it can be hours before it reopens. EvenContinue reading “A Sunrise Hike to the Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Utah”

A Quick Visit to Canyonlands National Park, Utah

We knew going to any of the National Parks around Moab, Utah would be crazy on a Sunday, so we opted for what we hoped would be the less busy of them. While I am certain there were fewer people in Canyonlands than there were in Arches (which we heard reached capacity before 8 AM),Continue reading “A Quick Visit to Canyonlands National Park, Utah”

Sunset Hike to Bow Tie and Corona Arches, Moab, Utah

In the year before I met Will, I had started planning a trip to Moab with visions of hiking to all the arches, visiting all the National Parks, and going on a solo, epic road trip. However, my plans never came to fruition, and until we hiked this amazing trail, it was something I hadContinue reading “Sunset Hike to Bow Tie and Corona Arches, Moab, Utah”

Finding Fall at 10,000 Feet, Great Basin National Park, Nevada

We caught our first glimpse of the mountains of Great Basin National Park as we crossed Sacramento Pass heading east from Ely, Nevada. Until Will spotted this park on the map about a week before our visit, we had no idea there was even a National Park in Nevada. But with that first glimpse, weContinue reading “Finding Fall at 10,000 Feet, Great Basin National Park, Nevada”