Around the US, Top Five

Tucson for Foodies

The best thing about Tucson is the food.  No, seriously.  I mean, there are lots of great things, but it is a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, which should tell you that the food is good.  That said, I thought that in honor of Thanksgiving, I would do a post to talk about some of my favorite food… Continue reading Tucson for Foodies

Around the US, College, Miscellaneous

Tucson Fall: Starry Skies and Apple Pies

It's autumn: That wonderful time of cool weather, hayrides, and pumpkin spice everything. Living in Tucson though, sweater weather doesn't really come at the same time as pumpkin spice.  In our apartment, we've been ready (and rather desperate) for fall since the start of the school year.  None of us are desert natives, but in… Continue reading Tucson Fall: Starry Skies and Apple Pies

Around the US, National Parks

Tumacácori National Historical Park

Well, the semester is coming to an end, and before I head home, I thought I'd share my tips for visiting one of my favorite parks near Tucson. This isn't one of the big, famous national parks like the Grand Canyon, and to be honest, it is a little out-of-the-way if you're doing a Four Corners… Continue reading Tumacácori National Historical Park

Around the US, National Parks

Saguaro National Park

What do you imagine when you think of "the desert"?  I'm guessing it's a cactus, but not just any cactus - a saguaro (pronounced sah-waar-o).  These are the cacti that have the arms and that coincidentally, are native only to the Sonoran Desert.  That's right, the first cactus that you think of doesn't even grow… Continue reading Saguaro National Park

Around the US, National Parks

How to Spend a Weekend at Chiricahua

Like last year, I did another Parks in Focus trip to Chiricahua National Monument last weekend.  This isn't the most famous landmark in Arizona by a long shot, and it's definitely out of the way, but it's honestly phenomenal, especially as a weekend trip from Tucson.  Not only do you really get away from the city,… Continue reading How to Spend a Weekend at Chiricahua

College

Sunshine in Winter

It's been so nice the past few weeks to come back to the sunshine and warm weather of Arizona.  Sure, I still have to wear a sweater in the morning, but it's nice not to be bundled up and/or shivering all day.  I got back into my volunteer routine with Parks in Focus last weekend… Continue reading Sunshine in Winter

Around the US, College

The Midnight Train Back to School

Last Thursday, I arrived at the Pittsburgh train station at about 10:30 p.m., and at a few minutes past midnight, my train left the station.  I had the excited feeling I always get on trains when they start that light rocking that means you're on your way.  Although I had a sleeper cabin and knew… Continue reading The Midnight Train Back to School