COLORFUL YELLOWSTONE & THE GRANDEST GRAND TETON

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 nationalContinue reading “COLORFUL YELLOWSTONE & THE GRANDEST GRAND TETON”

BEAUTIFUL BEND, OREGON

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 onesContinue reading “BEAUTIFUL BEND, OREGON”

PORTLAND, OREGON; THE CITY OF NICKNAMES

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 –┬ásaid so many people in Portland, because the roses are in full bloom. And true toContinue reading “PORTLAND, OREGON; THE CITY OF NICKNAMES”

REDWOODS & THE CALIFORNIA COAST

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 BraggContinue reading “REDWOODS & THE CALIFORNIA COAST”

SUNNY SAN FRANCISCO

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 aboutContinue reading “SUNNY SAN FRANCISCO”

THWARTED BY SNOW; OFF TO TAHOE WE GO

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 includeContinue reading “THWARTED BY SNOW; OFF TO TAHOE WE GO”

ZION & REDEMPTION AT ANGEL’S LANDING

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 redContinue reading “ZION & REDEMPTION AT ANGEL’S LANDING”

BEAUTIFUL BRYCE CANYON

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 asContinue reading “BEAUTIFUL BRYCE CANYON”