Around the US, Hidden Gems, National Parks

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.  This "park" technically includes 70,000 acres of land along the river, and the best way to see it all, in my opinion is the two-lane Route 60. This is my favorite day trip… Continue reading Hidden Gems: US Route 60

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


Finishing Freshman Year

The school year is winding down, and it's finally starting to feel that way.  The last week was basically THE WEEK for end-of-the-year projects and events, but fortunately there are still a few ways to relax.  My highlights were definitely karaoke and French pastries - unfortunately not at the same time.  And though this weekend… Continue reading Finishing Freshman Year


For the Time Being

There's a Sylvia Plath quote I used in my graduation speech that says, "Remember, remember, this is now, and now, and now.  Live it.  Feel it.  Cling to it."  I finished reading a really good book this morning called A Tale for the Time Being that talks a lot about the way time passes and how we… Continue reading For the Time Being

Around the US, College

The Secret to Getting Ahead

"The secret to getting ahead is getting started." That's what Mark Twain said once, and I'm taking my love of Mark Twain and putting that quote into action by taking some college classes the summer before freshman year.



That's right; Saturday's trip was Montserrat.  Most people probably know the abbey for Our Lady of Montserrat, a statue of the Black Madonna found there in the 9th century.  We did go in the monastery, and it was cool to see the statue, but my favorite part of the trip was the 10k of hiking… Continue reading Montserrat