Imagining Life in the Cliff Dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

Visiting Durango has been high on our list since we started our adventure, so we were excited to finally make it there after we left Snow Canyon. We knew it would be absolutely beautiful and that there would be so much to explore, but we also had the opportunity to visit my cousin, which wasContinue reading “Imagining Life in the Cliff Dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado”

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”

Barely Getting a Glimpse at Grand Canyon National Park North Rim, Arizona

Even though the North Rim of the Grand Canyon was about 3 hours from Snow Canyon, we simply could not justify missing this National Park during our stay. Will and I had both visited when we were growing up, but we really wanted to take Bird. However, had we known what we were going toContinue reading “Barely Getting a Glimpse at Grand Canyon National Park North Rim, Arizona”

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”

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”

A Weekend In and Around Yosemite National Park, California

As we were planning our route through California, we had multiple obstacles to contend with. First, we knew the price of gas was going to be sky high (we were right). Second, the wildfires were only growing in intensity and were making their way toward Sequoia National Park. And third, there is so much weContinue reading “A Weekend In and Around Yosemite National Park, California”

We Braved the Tetons and Yellowstone, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana

It has been a record-setting year for visitors to Yellowstone, and we were on the fence about braving the crowds up until the day before we decided to go. However, being a Wyoming native, I could not bear the thought of spending time around several entrances to the Park and not taking Bird. Because weContinue reading “We Braved the Tetons and Yellowstone, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana”

Exploring Badlands National Park, South Dakota

When we started planning our westward adventure, I was most looking forward to our visit to the Badlands. We had planned on boondocking just north of the park along the rim of the Badlands. However, as we made our way west in the midst of some of the hottest temperatures on record, we opted toContinue reading “Exploring Badlands National Park, South Dakota”

Getting Wind Blown at Indiana Dunes National Park

One of the main reasons for our stay in western Michigan was the proximity to Indiana Dunes National Park. It is one of the newest National Parks, only being named such in 2019 after being a National Lakeshore since 1966. The Park is a patchwork along Lake Michigan, with a town, several steel mills, andContinue reading “Getting Wind Blown at Indiana Dunes National Park”

Rainy Day at Cuyahoga Valley National Park

The 1 day we could go to Cuyahoga Valley National Park was the worst possible day to go. The rain was relentless. But with the rain comes fewer people, so there are silver linings even in rain clouds. It was only about an hour’s drive from our campground, but the weather and knowing we probablyContinue reading “Rainy Day at Cuyahoga Valley National Park”