All About Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Most of the time if someone asks what my favorite part of a trip was, it’s hard to give an exact answer. But my trip to New Mexico last month is an exception: Carlsbad Caverns National Park blew me away, and though I loved the whole trip, this park was by far my favorite placeContinue reading “All About Carlsbad Caverns National Park”

New Mexico Road Trip: Carlsbad, White Sands, and Las Cruces

Since starting college, I thought it would be fun to do a spring break road trip, and I planned out different hypotheticals (including a hiking-intensive 9 National Parks in 9 days trip that, physically, I don’t actually think I could do). Last fall, with the pandemic still dragging on and online classes keeping us inContinue reading “New Mexico Road Trip: Carlsbad, White Sands, and Las Cruces”

Winter at Blackwater Falls

Blackwater Falls is one of the loveliest places in West Virginia and especially well-located in Tucker County near lots of other fantastic places to explore! While I’ve been there numerous times over the years, we decided to spend this past Christmas at a cabin in the state park, which was an excellent decision in myContinue reading “Winter at Blackwater Falls”

Harpers Ferry: Then and Now

Early on October 17, 1859, the sleeping town of Harpers Ferry became a battleground in one of the key events that marked the dawning of the Civil War. Though the war would not officially begin until April 1861 with the Battle of Fort Sumter, John Brown’s Raid on Harpers Ferry was indicative of the tensionContinue reading “Harpers Ferry: Then and Now”

Hidden Gems: Sabino Canyon

Though well-known in and around Tucson, I had never heard of Sabino Canyon before living here, which is a shame because it has some truly amazing trails and views. I’ve visited this site a few times now, including for night hiking – Tucson is not favorable to hiking in the afternoon. While there are manyContinue reading “Hidden Gems: Sabino Canyon”

Day Tripping to Madera Canyon

Prior to last September, I had not heard of Madera Canyon, which is somehow less than an hour from Tucson and also the home base of Mt. Wrightson, the tallest mountain in Southern Arizona.  However, I went from not knowing a thing about this place to visiting in September, December, and January, and I canContinue reading “Day Tripping to Madera Canyon”

Hidden Gems: US Route 60

Besides  the well-known National Parks, the US Park Service also recognizes certain National Rivers such as the New River in West Virginia (As of 2021, this is the newest official National Park).  This “park” technically includes 70,000 acres of land along the river, and the best way to see it all, in my opinion isContinue reading “Hidden Gems: US Route 60”

All About Chiricahua National Monument

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 “All About Chiricahua National Monument”