olympic np

in january, I had knee surgery and so for the month and a half after, I had to keep to low-key activities for full recovery. it was boring as hell and I was getting ansty for new explorations but alas, my knee recovered. we started off in central washington trying to get to this ice cave…

monument valley, capitol reef, arches, canyonlands

in the beginning of this past december, we were two parks away from finishing our 30% national park goal – we decided to finish them with arches and mesa verde national park. we drove out to colorado first but the snow was so bad that the park ranger turned us around. we were pretty bummed…

crater lake NP/lassen volcanic NP

today is the national park service’s 100th anniversary so I thought I’d post crater lake and lassen volcanic in honor of. the original plan was to celebrate at one of the national parks but death has encompassed us in a heartbreaking way and support during these dark times will forever be our first priority. we were…

grand teton national park

I don’t even know where to start. I’m probably going to have to use my journal because I’m always at a loss of words when it comes to the grand tetons. I know that yellowstone is the prized possession of wyoming but holy crap, the grand tetons! I left the park with these feelings that I…

yellowstone national park

I’ve been putting yellowstone and grand tetons off for awhile now… I’ve had a hard time figuring out how I wanted to say certain things, more so in the grand tetons entry but adventures are piling up soooo….. we had been planning yellowstone for weeks. each week for a month we were supposed to go…

petrified forest NP/horseshoe bend/antelope canyon

for andrew’s spring break, we obviously wanted to add another national park to our list but were incredibly indecisive about which one. one of the best parts about living on the west coast is that this is where most of the national parks are… I guess that’s why they say the west is the best;) also,…

bryce canyon national park

I love utah. I love it so much that I’m borderline obsessed. for a couple of years, certain things led me to have hard feelings towards the state as a whole and now that they’ve been resolved, I feel like I’m playing catch up again and wanting to go any and every chance we get. andrew took…

zion national park

someone asked me why 59 national parks became a goal of ours and why now. as to why it became a goal, I thought the national park map I had gotten andrew was really cool when I was browsing on etsy and so when he opened it on his birthday, we were just in awe…

horseshoe roadtrip: az, nm, co, ut

There were a lot of reasons why Court and I did this roadtrip but one of the main ones was having quality sister time before I got married. We stopped off first in Vegas to visit Lauren and then early the next morning left for Sedona. And by the way, everyone always stops at the…