MOUNT FUJI IS A LADY, & SHE’S FIESTY

No matter what website you read, receptionist you talk to, or blog post you scroll through – everyone refers to Mount Fuji as a lady, and one with a bit of a temperament. Mount Fuji is easily the most iconic landscape in all of Japan, and notably even in the world. So of course thereContinue reading “MOUNT FUJI IS A LADY, & SHE’S FIESTY”

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

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”

PICTURES CAN’T CAPTURE THE BEAUTY OF MOAB

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 KyleContinue reading “PICTURES CAN’T CAPTURE THE BEAUTY OF MOAB”

A LONG DRIVE TO COLORFUL COLORADO

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 FernContinue reading “A LONG DRIVE TO COLORFUL COLORADO”