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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 […]
May 11, 2015

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

You may or may not be aware that Michigan is made up of two peninsulas – the Lower and the Upper. Both are surrounded by four of the five Great Lakes. I love the Lower Peninsula. From Detroit to Grand Rapids. From Lansing to Mackinaw City. There is something to see and do in every nook and cranny. But, oh my word. Unless you’ve been to the Upper Peninsula, you have no idea how much more beautiful it is. Lake Huron is great. Lake Michigan is beautiful. But Lake Superior… that is unlike any lake you’ve ever seen in your […]
April 7, 2015

Cincy isn’t so bad. But I still don’t love the Reds.

I know this thing I’m about to say makes me weird. I’m okay with that. I am a die-hard Pittsburgh Pirates fan. Have been since my first game. I know they except for the last two seasons they have been miserable. The last time they were good, I was in high school – and those were the days. They made it to the playoffs three times in a row, only to be denied first by the Cincinnati Reds and then twice by the Atlanta Braves. I hate them both. Or, rather, I still hate the Braves with all the fury […]
February 5, 2015

New Orleans Owns My Heart

My husband is a country kind of guy. And I love that about him. Me, I’m more of a hybrid. I feel perfectly at home in our house in the midst of corn fields (or soybeans, depending on the year) or in a city. I love NYC. I’ve only been there three times, but it was great. Up until this past year, though, I would absolutely name Chicago as my go-to favorite. And I still love it there. The city is vibrant. It’s super easy to get around with public transportation, the lake is gorgeous, I love the architecture, and […]
February 3, 2015

Norway: Land of the Vikings

So, to be completely honest, Norway was not ever on my list of places to see before I die. I am pretty open about that when I talk to my Norwegian friends (yes, I actually have a ton), and because I’m now a huge advocate for the lovely country, I think they forgive me. In fact, it was so not on my list that I had no intention of ever going there. I was dead wrong. Like way past dead wrong. Norway is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. The Fjords are gorgeous. I’ve never felt safer in […]