July 1, 2018

Day 14 – The World’s Most Epic RV Road Trip – Bryce Canyon + Valley of Fire State Park + Lake Mead

Our last real day of travel has arrived. We are all feeling it a little – ready to head home, but at the same time totally in love with this trip we’ve taken. Or at least most of us are. My daughter is 14, and she’s…well, she’s weary by this point. For our finaly day, we were up by 5am for an early morning hike for a few reasons. 1. The husband and I have done this hike before, and it gets hot down in the cathedral. It’s best done early in the morning. The hike out is brutal, and […]
June 30, 2018

Day 13 – The World’s Most Epic RV Road Trip – Grand Canyon + Horseshoe Bend + Paria Toadstools + Ho’Made Pie

This post wins for longest title ever…but I couldn’t leave any of them off! The day started just outside of the Grand, at our campground at Ten X. I want to stress again that this was in our top 5 campgrounds of the whole trip – and it was TEN DOLLARS a night!! So, I’ve been to the Grand Canyon before. A couple of years ago, the husband and I stopped here at the tail end of our trip through Utah on our way back to Vegas. It was kind of like this: Not that I was unimpressed. It’s pretty, […]
June 27, 2018

Day 10 – The World’s Most Epic RV Road Trip – Glacier Point + Sequoia National Park

Contrary to the name – you will find no glaciers at Glacier Point. This fact bummed me out. There ARE glaciers in Yosemite – but you have to hike over 14,000 feet peaks to see them, and since I couldn’t hack Vernal Falls – well, yeah, it’s just not happening for me. You will however, find the most amazing view of the Yosemite Valley. Legit, the best view in the park. There used to be hotels up there, but the park wisely chose not to rebuild, making that view accessible to anyone who wanted to drive up. It IS worth […]
June 26, 2018

Day 9 – The World’s Most Epic RV Road Trip – Yosemite

When you leave Lake Tahoe to the South, you will encounter an agricultural inspection point. They grill you about what kind of fruit you are bringing in and where you got it from. We blew the fellow’s mind because we’d been in California, only very briefly back in Nevada, and then in California again. He asked where we were headed, we said Yosemite, and he asked if we were going in the front way or the back…and we were actually prepared for that one. We really wanted the kids to see it first from Tunnelview. We set out from there, […]
June 24, 2018

Day 7 – The World’s Most Epic RV Road Trip – The 8th Wonder of the World + Lassen Volcanic

It’s said that when Teddy Roosevelt saw Burney Falls, he said it had to be the 8th Wonder of the World. He’s not wrong. (Full disclosure: I have a massive dead-guy crush on Teddy Roosevelt, so I would probably just believe everything he ever said, but, this is legit) Burney Falls and Lassen Volcanic Park are literally in the middle of nowhere. There is nothing near them. There is spotty service at best. But Burney Falls is probably the prettiest waterfall I’ve ever seen. Lassen is kind of like mini-Yellowstone, but we didn’t get to experience much of it. It’s lovely. […]
June 19, 2018

Day 2 – The World’s Most Epic RV Road Trip – The Road to Joshua Tree

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I hate to fly. I do it, because it’s the only way to get where I want to go in an expedient manner. But the truth is, I hate being trapped on that metal tube, with no fresh air, too many people crammed in around me, sardine-style, and really, the inability to use the bathroom without judgement whenever I feel like using it. The good news is, we had clear skies the whole way, and got to see several cool things along the way: Like this impact crater in Canyonlands […]
July 4, 2017

Acadia National Park – Jordan Pond

Without hesitation, I believe I can say that one of my favorite things about Acadia National Park was Jordan Pond. It’s serene and it’s just enough of a hike that you break a sweat, but you don’t feel like you are going to die (which is okay for some things, but not for most). The trail begins at Jordan Pond House – where if you are fortunate, you can grab popovers and jam. The day we were there, we missed out, because while not many people were doing the hike, everyone and their Grandma were waiting to get a popover. […]
September 2, 2015

Capitol Reef & Arches National Parks

I limited yesterday’s post to Bryce Canyon – but truthfully, we also hit up Capitol Reef National Park on that same day. It was just a quick skip through the area on our way to Arches – but Capitol Reef is not insignificant, and should be ignored. The main reason I was excited to visit Capitol Reef is the Waterpocket Fold. Which sounds a bit boring – but being the geological geek that I am, I was terribly excited about it. It’s one of only four places like it in the world – a wrinkle that occurs in the crust of […]
September 1, 2015

Bryce Canyon – Hiking the Hoodoos

So, the main reason I wanted to visit Bryce Canyon was the stars. Word on the street is that the stars here are epic. Due to the lack of light pollution. Sadly, though, the moon was nearly half full, so it was too bright. Plus it was cloudy half the night we were here, so no epic stars for me. I was sad. Until we got up to head out on the Navajo Trail/Queen’s Garden Trail. It wasn’t super easy to find the trailhead, because the maps all say it starts at Sunset Point – but you have to find […]
August 31, 2015

Zion National Park – The Narrows

Every year for our anniversary, the husband and I try to do something special. Neither of us really needs anything, and I would rather go on a trip anyway. Two years ago he took me to Chicago to see the Pirates play the Cubs (I’m a giant Bucs fan). And last year we went to California for a four day excursion (I’d never seen the Pacific or, well, any of the state). This year, he let me plan it – and every day this week I’m going to recap the same day that we were gone. We flew out last Sunday […]