PHOENIX, AZ HIKES: SUNRISE ON PIESTEWA PEAK

In my previous post about trails I’ve enjoyed hiking in and around Phoenix I mentioned Piestewa Peak. Piestewa Peak (previously named Squaw Peak) is named after Army Specialist Lori Ann Piestewa, a member of the Hopi Tribe in Arizona, who’s the first known Native American woman to die in combat in the US military andContinue reading “PHOENIX, AZ HIKES: SUNRISE ON PIESTEWA PEAK”

ALL THINGS HIKING IN SCOTTSDALE, PHOENIX & TEMPE, ARIZONA

I’m in Tempe, Arizona from mid-April to mid-May and it is already close to 100 degrees in the afternoons here. I’ve learned very quickly that when hiking you must go very early. Most recommend being off the trails by 11am as it gets too hot but I would say even earlier- the sun is soContinue reading “ALL THINGS HIKING IN SCOTTSDALE, PHOENIX & TEMPE, ARIZONA”

PROS & CONS OF BOOKING LONG TERM RENTALS THROUGH AIRBNB

I made it to Arizona! It was a journey to get here. Not all my travel goes smoothly and my first week in Arizona was a prime example of that. I experienced: consistent 30-80mph winds during my drive from Sante Fe to Scottsdale, a flat tire, and an Airbnb with fruit flies, a backed upContinue reading “PROS & CONS OF BOOKING LONG TERM RENTALS THROUGH AIRBNB”

CHOOSING A NEXT VACATION OR ADVENTURE

It has been about 10 months since I first started doing one month long Airbnb rentals to explore different states/cities. One of the main questions I get is how I choose my next location to explore so I’m going to take some time to dig into my thought process around that. There are a fewContinue reading “CHOOSING A NEXT VACATION OR ADVENTURE”

FEBRUARY IN SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH

I can’t believe I’m already coming to the end of my month in Salt Lake City! The month goes by so fast but I also feel like I get to experience so much during my time. I chose Salt Lake based on the proximity to the mountains for skiing and hiking. I had my fingersContinue reading “FEBRUARY IN SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH”

MOVING FROM LIVING TO LIVING WELL

I think about death a lot. Not in a depressing or cynical way. It’s more of an acknowledgement that I know it’s a real possibility every day whether I want it to be or not. I don’t know if I’m trying to come to terms with the reality that we all die or if IContinue reading “MOVING FROM LIVING TO LIVING WELL”

GEARING UP FOR THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR

As I get older it feels as though November (the start to the holiday season!) comes around quicker and quicker. This seasons brings more joy and excitement and of course – busyness! And boy has it felt busy indeed. I just kicked off an engagement with a new client this week and am gearing upContinue reading “GEARING UP FOR THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR”

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”