Texas
United States

A vegetarian in the Southwest

To be honest, I started writing this blog post a few days ago in a text file and for whatever reason, I forgot to save it and I was forced to restart my computer so I lost the draft completely. I don't have the energy in me to rewrite everything word for word. I will… Continue reading A vegetarian in the Southwest

United States

Carlsbad Caverns: caves that go down, down, and extend forever, forever

We walked, down, down ... and down. I couldn't believe how much "more down" we were going as we walked down the paved path at Carlsbad Caverns National Park. For reference, turns out we walked down the equivalent of 79 stories to get into the cave! Once we were in the cave, I then couldn't… Continue reading Carlsbad Caverns: caves that go down, down, and extend forever, forever

Roswell, New Mexico
United States

Roswell: they sure do believe

When Bryce planned our Southwest road trip, he knew from the beginning that he wanted to stop in Roswell. "Just for the morning?" I asked. "Yeah, we'd be there just for an hour, tops," he replied. OK, sure. Might as well go check out the home of the "UFO incident" since we'd be in the… Continue reading Roswell: they sure do believe

travel, United States

The checkpoint in the middle of nowhere

I just woke up from another nap. We were in the middle of the desert, New Mexico. We were on US 70  — do the locals call it Highway 70? Either way, we were headed east towards White Sands National Park. We were on a long straight-away and I could just see dirt to my… Continue reading The checkpoint in the middle of nowhere

White Sand National Park
United States

Hiking, sledding and just in awe at White Sands

I was nervous sliding down that first sand dune. While I won't knock something until I try it, I tend to be a scaredy-cat when I think I could get hurt. Example: It took me until I was 22 years old to ride a roller coaster at Disneyland. Turns out I love them. (I even… Continue reading Hiking, sledding and just in awe at White Sands

post travel, United States

72 hours in the Southwest — lots of driving and very worth it

I'm no stranger to long road trips. Or, lots of driving done in a short amount of time -- as was the case last weekend. Bryce and I had planned a few months ago to do a Southwest road trip. We would hit up White Sands National Monument Park, Roswell and Carlsbad Caverns National Park.… Continue reading 72 hours in the Southwest — lots of driving and very worth it

Denali National Park
alaska

An impromptu Denali afternoon

I couldn't figure out why my husband's phone was telling us we were 15 minutes away from the visitor center. When we had entered the national park, we thought we'd be at our destination in a mere five to 10 minutes. "Are you sure you inputted the location correctly?" I asked him as he continued… Continue reading An impromptu Denali afternoon

travel
pre travel, travel

A spontaneous trip to … somewhere …

Does anyone do spontaneous trips anymore? Getting in the car and driving anywhere can be fun, but I'm talking more like buying a plane ticket day-of and flying somewhere with no plans or itinerary. I feel like back in the day it was more common. People would just show up at the airport and energetically… Continue reading A spontaneous trip to … somewhere …

Pacific Northwest, seattle

A missed ferry, a lightning storm

It was getting late. OK, by late I mean it was 7:30 pm. But, I had been driving for more than 100 miles that day -- and, I was hungry and had to pee. We had arrived at the Kingston Ferry Terminal after enjoying an afternoon at Hurricane Ridge and were hoping we'd catch the… Continue reading A missed ferry, a lightning storm

canada, travel

In the nick of time

I kept refreshing Google maps on my phone. We would be cutting it very close. We were driving from Sea-Tac Airport to the Vancouver Convention Center, a 160-mile drive, in Friday afternoon rush hour. I know, not the best idea. But, Bryce's flight from a work trip had him landing at Sea-Tac just before 3… Continue reading In the nick of time