THE TARANGIRE, NGORONGORO CRATER, AND THE SPECTACULAR SERENGETI

(Continued from Tanzania, Africa – Day 1) After we left the Sanctuary, we traveled to a more lush area of Tarangire National Park which had more water. By day 2, I was loving traveling through the National Parks, standing in the safari car and taking in all the animals and sites. Seeing animals free andContinue reading “THE TARANGIRE, NGORONGORO CRATER, AND THE SPECTACULAR SERENGETI”

TANZANIA, AFRICA – DAY 1

Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe it’s already 2022. I’ve taken a blogging break for the last month and a half but I’m back and ready to share some adventures I had during that time. I’m going to start this year off talking about a life changing trip I took in November 2021 toContinue reading “TANZANIA, AFRICA – DAY 1”

TALES OF LONGER TRAILS (26.2 to be exact!)

I recently had my 26th birthday and also ran my first marathon (26.2 miles!) in Aspen, Colorado. I think it’s important to reflect each year to celebrate accomplishments, learn from failures and set goals for the year to come. I’ve been thinking a lot about what I learned during my 25th year and what IContinue reading “TALES OF LONGER TRAILS (26.2 to be exact!)”

A DAY AT BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK

Bryce Canyon National Park has the largest concentration of hoodoos (irregular rock columns) found anywhere in the world. It is very close to Zion but is quite a bit less popular and has a drastically different landscape. When I first visited Bryce Canyon I was blown away and if you’re in the area already visitingContinue reading “A DAY AT BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK”

EXPLORING THE GREATER ZION NATIONAL PARK

I’ve spent the last month getting to know a very small part of southern Utah. Even after a month here I continue to find more passes, trails, parks and areas to explore and I realize I’m going to leave with much of southern Utah going undiscovered. That’s okay though as it gives me more reasonsContinue reading “EXPLORING THE GREATER ZION NATIONAL PARK”

ANGEL’S LANDING

Zion National Park is Utah’s first and most visited national park with over 4 million visitors each year. This visitor count also puts Zion third on the list of the most visited national parks in the nation. People come from far and wide to see Zion’s expansive canyon which boast amazing canyoneering opportunities for beginnersContinue reading “ANGEL’S LANDING”

CEDAR CITY, UTAH

I arrived in Cedar City, Utah a little over a week ago for my next 30 day stay. Cedar City is in the southwest corner of Utah, it has a higher elevation than Denver (5,846 ft.) and is a place I have never been. I chose Cedar City because it is about equidistance to twoContinue reading “CEDAR CITY, UTAH”

SUMMER DAY HIKE PACK ESSENTIALS

I was hiking over the weekend with some friends and one of them asked how heavy my backpack was. I proceeded to take off my backpack to let them hold it and they were surprised by the weight! For summer day hikes, I carry the same black backpack whether the hike is shorter or longContinue reading “SUMMER DAY HIKE PACK ESSENTIALS”

WILDFLOWER SEASON!

Recently, it has been so smokey in Colorado and I’m assuming most states in the west are experiencing a similar forecast. As wildfires rage in California, the smoke is settling across the west bringing Denver’s air quality to top the charts among the worst air quality in major cities across the world. It stinks (literallyContinue reading “WILDFLOWER SEASON!”

GROWING

It’s been about two and a half weeks since I’ve been back from Alaska but some how my Alaska adventures feel like a lifetime ago. Looking back now I feel like I lived a completely different life there, like I was a different person somehow. I stepped out of my comfort zone to make friends,Continue reading “GROWING”