Southwest Roadtrip

Sometimes I try to avoid the over-populated touristy spots- the locations you see plastered all over Instagram, thousands of similar pictures showing the same (admittedly awesome) waterfall or mountain or sandstone arch.

Other times, I give in and decide to visit those places myself- and typically, they don’t disappoint.  I’ve decided some destinations are popular for good reason– because they’re really flipping cool to see in person! Continue reading

Time is Ticking

In precisely 3 months I plan on leaving Vegas to head back east; in 6 months, I intend to start my road trip around the country living in my van.  (March 1st and June 1st to be specific).  How is this happening already?!

The realization that time is ticking away is nothing new to me.  This entire year feels like it has flown by, days and weeks blurring together as each new month begins.  In some aspects this is a good thing- it means I am getting closer to seeing my friends and family back home, and closer to setting off on a journey that a few years ago I deemed impossible.  An intangible dream that is almost materialized, who wouldn’t be siked to make that happen? Continue reading

Arizona Hot Springs

Hot Springs are definitely one of the most fascinating natural gems I’ve experienced out west (so far).  There’s something quite magical about hanging out in a hot tub that comes directly from the earth.  As a bonus, apparently soaking in the mineral-rich water is considered highly beneficial for a variety of ailments and pains (think of it as a mineral bath soak, just outside of your bathtub).  Arizona Hot Springs has slowly become a favorite destination of mine – for many reasons- one of them being the landscape surrounding the area.  Is there anything cooler than hot springs hiding inside of a slot canyon? (pun slightly intended..)

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Finding Hidden Falls

Three separate trips to Supai, and on the last I finally visited the elusive Hidden Falls- apparently the third time really is the charm!  One of the least mentioned landmarks of the area, this secret gem is definitely worth the trek off the main trail.  Looking down into the canyon from the cliffs above, you see no indication of this (aptly named) waterfall, which makes for a less crowded and even more alluring destination.


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Kanarra Falls

falls2.jpgSome of the hikes I go on are preceded by careful research: determining what the trail is like, when the best season to visit is, information on the surrounding area, and all the other tiny details that make up a really OCD but typically rewarding plan.

Other hikes go something like… see a picture or hear about a location.  Instantly interested.  Casually looking on maps to see how far away it is from my home base… and then my next day off, game on!

The second description is basically what happened when I saw a picture of a simple but striking waterfall, spilling down beside a rather questionable looking ladder, vibrant orange canyon walls dramatically framing the scene.

SOLD. Keep reading..