norway/sweden

for four days, we traded ubiquitous sunshine in southern california for darkness in northern norway and if I’m being honest, it scared me. I’ve read about it before so I thought that I would be prepared but I wasn’t. driving from oslo, we were surrounded by beauty: mountains on our right and the north atlantic ocean…

cuba pt III

“we shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time” -t.s. eliot, little gidding after we’ve traveled the whole world and we’re old with wrinkly, leathery skin we’ll come back to where it all started confused by…

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…

cuba pt II

in mexico city, we had pulled out 1/3 of our money saving the other 2/3 to withdraw in cuba. andrew and I don’t like traveling with large sums of cash on us and stupidly figured that we would be okay. when we got to havana however, our cards didn’t work. I don’t know if it was our bank,…

cuba pt I

one of the first things andrew and I did when obama lifted the cuban embargo was buy plane tickets. cuba has been a longtime dream for andrew and has obsessed about it ever since I met him in 2011. back in april when we bought the tickets, you had to electronically acknowledge that you fit in 1 of 12…

redwood national park

redwood national park is honestly one of the most magical places in the world. I’ve included an excerpt from my daily journal that I had written on 24 july 2016 to give you an idea of just how magical it was/is: …we hiked the trillium trail with the whole forest to ourselves and as we did,…

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…

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…