LuminAID PackLite Max 2-in-1 Phone Charger Review

There are affiliate links in here.  I did receive this at no cost, but all opinions are my own.  You know I keep it real around here. Earlier this summer I received the LuminAID PackLite Max 2-in-1 Phone Charger to try out and let me tell you, I love this thing!  I pretty much always bring…

How Well Do You Know the US National Parks?

As you know, I love the national parks. I thought it would be fun to make a little national park quiz. I might even make a little series out of it featuring other monuments and park sites. Stay tuned for more fun national park quizzes and let me know in the comments what other quizzes…

Witch Zapping Reindeer, Or The 100 Hands Pictograph in Escalante

There are affiliate links in here. How I went two years without knowing about this hike and these petroglyphs is beyond me.  The 100 Hands Pictograph Hike in Escalante is a great, short option if you're just passing through the park.   It's right along the main road so you don't have to make the perilous…

Photo by Morad Abdul-Jabbar

Best National Parks To Visit In The Winter

There are affiliate links in here. Lately, I've been thinking more about this winter, where I'll be, what I'll be doing, all that good stuff.  I've especially been dreaming about the Tetons in the winter.  I love it.  I don't love winter, but nothing beats the Tetons under eight feet of snow with moose lounging…

10 Ways To Get Hotel Staff To Love You

After working at a hotel front desk for almost two years, I've learned some things that I do and do not like that people do.  Of course, some things will be dependent on the type of hotel/resort as well as the locations.  Others, though, will be universal.  For example, I do like when people don't…

Go Back In Time On The Trail Through Time In Colorado

Before I get into this, there are a few things you should know about me relating to this: I LOVE dinosaurs.  All things dinosaur, I love. I own two Jurassic Park shirts and wear them when I see dinosaur things. I've made it a goal to see as many dinosaur things in Utah as I…

Coke Ovens And The Devils Kitchen In Colorado National Monument

Colorado National Monument in Grand Junction, Colorado is a hidden gem.  I had heard of it my first summer working in Bullfrog, but I knew literally nothing about it until maybe a week before I went.  Turns out, I love it!  I won't lie, I don't really like Grand Junction.  The food options aren't great. …

50 Pictures That Will Make You Want To Explore Americas Outdoors

Believe it or not, I never used to want to travel in the US.  That seems crazy now after basically traveling around it for jobs for the last three years.  I'm still dying to leave the country, which I haven't done since I got back from the Philippines, but at the same time, I've loved…

How To Avoid Crowds In The National Parks

There are affiliate links in here. One thing that makes a national park experience less fun is fighting the crowds on and off trails.  I mean really, who likes waiting in line just to get into the park for two hours?  Or waiting in a line on a hiking trail?  Or looking for a parking…

Devils Backbone: An Easy Hike In Loveland, Colorado

While I wouldn't say it's the best hike in Colorado, Devils Backbone in Loveland is a nice way to do a little hiking without straying too far from a city.  This hike is easy, conveniently located, and has a good view of the surrounding area.  Whether you are looking for a nice after work walk…

Upper Lower Muley Twist Adventures

If that title doesn't confuse you, cool.  If it does, here's what I mean.  Lower Muley Twist is like, a 15-mile hike in Capitol Reef National Park.  The trailhead is at the top of the Burr Trail switchbacks and the end is at the bottom at least a mile away.  We started at the trailhead,…

27 Pictures That Have Me Wishing I Was Back In Hawaii

If you haven't noticed, lately I've been going through pictures from old trips.  And I mean old, like high school old.  I didn't think I had my pictures from the last trip to Hawaii with me in Utah, but I do!  So, I went through them and picked out the best to share with you…