Driving through the potato state, Idaho, was worth it for the amazing beauty of Northwest Wyoming, the home of Yellowstone and Grand Teton. This was our first time finding trouble camping. Getting to Grand Teton late in the day, all campsites within the park were full. Our best hope was dispersed camping within a national… Continue reading COLORFUL YELLOWSTONE & THE GRANDEST GRAND TETON
Someone recently told me they didn't like actually reading the blog posts, they just looked through the pictures (thanks, Mike). So with that, here's a super quick look at our amazing stay in Bend, Oregon. First up, I checked out Tumalo Falls, just minutes outside Bend! After one intense waterfall, there were multiple smaller ones… Continue reading BEAUTIFUL BEND, OREGON
Next up on the grand tour: Portland, Oregon. We definitely had high hopes and maybe too rigid of expectations, but the city of roses (nickname #1) did not disappoint. 1. City of Roses We came at the right time - said so many people in Portland, because the roses are in full bloom. And true to… Continue reading PORTLAND, OREGON; THE CITY OF NICKNAMES
And the time has come to start heading north. From San Francisco, we decided to take the less-than-direct route 1, which glides along the coast. All of those sharp 15 mph switchback roads were worth it for the beautiful views. First stop, Fort Bragg Halfway between San Francisco and the Redwood National Park, Fort Bragg… Continue reading REDWOODS & THE CALIFORNIA COAST
We've finally made it coast to coast, from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from Philly to San Francisco. This city has something to offer for everyone. Extreme sports fanatics, designers, techies, foodies...you name it. Our time here was spent with a friend from school, in beautiful sunny (and a little windy) weather. Let's talk about… Continue reading SUNNY SAN FRANCISCO
From Zion, we drove through Nevada to Mammoth Lakes, a great town to the east of Yosemite. (On the side: the drive through Nevada was our least favorite part of the drive yet. Although scenic, a straight road through the desert with rest stops every 100 miles which had little food but did always include… Continue reading THWARTED BY SNOW; OFF TO TAHOE WE GO
And alas, we reached our first stop where we planned on spending a few days: Zion National Park in southwest Utah. Without a doubt, Zion is one of the most beautiful places I've ever had the luck to see in person. The colors of the mountains towering over you are a rich mix of red… Continue reading ZION & REDEMPTION AT ANGEL’S LANDING
Driving from Moab to Zion in a day, Bryce Canyon was a convenient stop to enjoy more of Utah's landscape. We were only able to stop in Bryce Canyon for a few hours, but the Canyon definitely left a lasting impression. We took the Navajo Loop, which started out fairly packed but thinned out as… Continue reading BEAUTIFUL BRYCE CANYON
Next stop on the tour: Moab, Utah. We drove I-70 into west Colorado for about 4-5 hours. This drive alone was breath taking; between driving through the Rocky's gorges along the river to getting sneak peaks of the beautiful colorful red and green mountains coming our way. And of course, we pulled off so Kyle… Continue reading PICTURES CAN’T CAPTURE THE BEAUTY OF MOAB
After a long, Harry Potter filled 14 hour drive from Chicago to Boulder, we spent our day in Boulder with two good friends Matt and Kate, and their pup, Riley. They suggested hiking Bear Peak, and the hike kicked our butts, or at least mine. We hiked Bear Peak in the morning via the Fern… Continue reading A LONG DRIVE TO COLORFUL COLORADO
The day has finally come. We packed our small lives in our moderately sized car and we set off from Philadelphia for Chicago. I've always found it easier to pack lightly while traveling; you'll just be stuck carrying around those two checked bags for hours while not even wearing all those shoes you packed. However,… Continue reading AND WE’RE OFF!
Part I of the trip: see the United States National Parks. It might be no surprise to you that planning a month long cross-country trip is no joke. You'll be quick to find that drawing a seemingly small line across Utah equates to about 8 hours of driving. We started with a huge list of places… Continue reading PLANNING FOR A CROSS-COUNTRY ROAD TRIP
In March, 2017, I won a $10,000 scholarship to travel. This is how I did it. The state of Pennsylvania has an annual architectural competition open to architectural students and young alumni living within the state (within three years of graduation). This competition, the John Stewardson Memorial Fellowship in Architecture, has officially been a state-wide… Continue reading How did I end up here?