• Sky Pond in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
    Hiking

    Hiking to Sky Pond in Rocky Mountain National Park

    Hiking to Sky Pond was going to be the farthest and highest I’ve ever hiked. And honestly, I was nervous that I wasn’t going to make it. I hadn’t prepared well & I’ve been known to get really bad headaches in altitude. But it honestly wasn’t that bad! I went from secretly hoping my friend no longer wanted to hike it to totally glad we did it! To see and read more about this trail, keep on reading! Disclaimer: There are affiliate links in this post. This means if you make a purchase through a link, I may make a small commission at no additional cost to you. Hiking to…

  • Joshua Tree National Park
    Travel

    Day Trip to Joshua Tree: Make the Most of One Day in the Park

    While visiting San Diego in February 2017, my friend and I decided to make the 3-hour drive and take a day trip to Joshua Tree National Park. Joshua Tree is known for it’s unique Joshua trees, endless rock climbing opportunities, and stargazing. As far as rock climbing goes, Joshua Tree has climbs for just about any skill level. The gift shop in the visitor center has several books on rock climbing locations and routes. And if that’s not enough fun for you, I have heard the stargazing in Joshua Tree is amazing! Unfortunately, we didn’t stay overnight in the park. But you can Google images of sunsets and stars in…

  • volcanic rock in pinnacles national park
    Hiking,  Travel

    One Day in Pinnacles National Park: Hiking Bear Gulch Cave

    Pinnacles National Park was such a surprising experience for me! This park isn’t talked about very much & wasn’t expecting much based on the pictures I’d seen. But this park exceeded my expectations and it was a great day trip from San Francisco. The drive to the park was quite boring. However, there are some good places to eat and an outlet mall along the way that nicely broke up the 2-3 hour drive. Exciting cave hikes + good food + outlet shopping = one GREAT day. Want to learn how to spend the day cave hiking in Pinnacles? Keep reading! Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase…

  • giant sequoia tree
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    One Day in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

    Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks cover over 1,300 square miles and are known for their giant redwoods and sequoias. These trees can live up to 2,000 years and reach heights of over 300 feet! No wonder people flock from all over to visit these two parks! One of the biggest questions people ask is: “Can you see Sequoia and Kings Canyon in one day?” The answer is YES! Want to know how you can visit both of these National Parks in one day? Keep on reading! This post recounts how my friend and I saw Kings Canyon and Sequoia on our drive back from Yosemite. (Make sure you read…

  • Upper Yosemite Falls
    Hiking

    Hiking Upper Yosemite Falls

    Yosemite Falls is the tallest waterfall in North America, which of course means I must climb it!! Upper Yosemite Falls Trail is over 7.5 miles round-trip, has lots of switchbacks and has an elevation gain of about 2600-2700 (depending on which website you read). If you are interested in learning more about this stairmaster-on-steroids of a trail, keep reading! I will tell you my experience hiking to the top of the falls and give you essential information if you want to hike this strenuous trail! (Need a place to stay? Check out my blog post on where to stay near Yosemite Valley!) Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you…