Manatee Dreams: Spotting Manatees At Blue Spring State Park

There are affiliate links in here.  I get a small commission if you purchase through them at no extra cost to you. YOU GUYS!  I finally got to see manatees in Florida!  That's all.  I can leave Florida happy now.  It's been great seeing you here.  I'm kidding.  But really, I finally got to see…

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Everything You Need To Know About Visiting Monument Valley Without A Tour

There are affiliate links in here.  I get a small commission if you purchase through them at no extra cost to you. Whether you're aware of it or not, you've seen Monument Valley.  You know what Monument Valley is.  And you probably want to visit.  Well, good news!  It's easy to visit and I'm going…

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Everything You Need To Know To Plan A Southern Utah Road Trip

There are affiliate links in here.  I get a small commission if you purchase through them at no extra cost to you. This is basically going to be the hub of all things Utah to help you plan a Utah road trip.  It will be the home of all Utah content sorted by national parks…

21 Photos To Inspire A Magical Trip To The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

There are affiliate links in here.  I get a small commission if you purchase through them at no extra cost to you. I wouldn't consider myself a hardcore Potterhead, but I may slowly be converting.  I never read the books growing up, but I watched the movies as they came out, so I sort of…

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Everything You Need To Know About The Capitol Reef Orchards

There are affiliate links in here.  I get a small commission if you purchase through them. Capitol Reef is definitely the most underrated national park in Utah.  It gets overlooked on road trips through the area (guilty) for the much more popular Arches and Zion.  While I love the hiking of Capitol Reef and how…

10 Best National Park Sites For History Buffs

There is a national park out there for everybody.  Whether you think you belong in the mountains or desert, underwater or in a town, there is a park for you.  Well, this one is for all the history buffs out there.  From east to west, park to monument to historic site, we've got you covered,…

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Great Basin National Park: Nevada’s Alpine Paradise

There may be affiliate links in here. As you know, last year in June I went to Great Basin National Park in Nevada and fell in love.  Obviously, that meant we had to go back again this summer.  If you saw my Bears Ears post, you'll know we did the same thing the same weekend…

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Boulder To Escalante On Hells Backbone: A (Surprising) Scenic Drive

Hell's Backbone Scenic Drive from boulder to Escalante, Utah is one of those things I've seen and driven past a million times since I first moved out here and we finally decided to drive it earlier this summer.  The TripAdvisor reviews were pretty mixed, but we were already in Boulder so decided to go anyways. …

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Bears Ears To The Abajos: An Underrated Mountain Getaway

In 2017 we went camping in Bears Ears on my birthday.  We had no immediate plans to go back when we left for Grand Junction on my birthday in 2018.  Our plan was to do the Trail Through Time then camp in McInnis Canyon and do some hiking.  Well, good old Ginger (my old 2016 Ford…

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Explore Ancient Ruins At Hovenweep National Monument

There are affiliate links in here. Hovenweep National Monument is a small monument on the Colorado/Utah border, not too far from Cortez (Colorado) and Bluff (Utah,) but not particularly close to anything else other than the Canyon of the Ancients National Monument.  After passing the sign for it a few times with no real idea…

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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…

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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…