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 […]
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 […]
Everybody hikes Diamond Head and Manoa Falls. This one is less known…Lulumahu Falls. And this is what you’ll find if you google it: “If you try to hike into Lulumahu Falls, in Nuuanu Valley, you could be arrested, seriously injured (it’s within a bow and arrow hunting ground) or get lost. It’s very, very hard to find.” It was rainy. And muddy. And AMAZING.
When you have to drive all the way from Ohio to Maine, it’s best to find ways to break up the trip. It’s exactly 1054 miles from our driveway to Mount Desert Island, Maine (our furthest most destination for this trip). Which translates to 18+ hours without any traffic or bathroom stops. Clearly, you see that 18+ hours in a car with three teenagers was never going to be a good idea. As such, we planned to stop along the way, and I’d been just dying to check out Watkins Glen State Park. It was only 8 hours into the […]
My first trip out of the US was at the age of 14. I went on a mission trip to Antigua, and it changed my life. Partially because seeing the way people live outside of the US is enlightening. I mean, it was mind-blowing to me that people lived on a regular basis without MTV. I don’t want my kids to be like that. And while Canada is basically America’s sister, and they have basically all the same things we have – we decided it was time to get the kids started on the road to being International Travelers. It […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]