Canoeing Grand Teton National Park

Canoeing Grand Teton National Park

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A number of years ago, I fell in love with the idea of a backcountry canoe trip in the Tetons but we’ve just never made the time for it. I swore this would be the year. Lucky for me, Colton, Miara, and Marcus were all up for coming along with us (Ben is never phased by […]

Arches

Arches

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From Mesa Verde, we headed north arriving in Moab four hours later. We knew we didn’t have time to do Arches National  Park justice, but we did need to stretch our legs, so we turned into the crowded park for my first experience with the natural formations found within. With only time for one hike, […]

Mesa Verde

Mesa Verde

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If I’m honest, travel blogging just doesn’t appeal to me at this season of my life. All the same, I have these photos, sitting on my desktop asking to be shared, so here’s a quick recap. On the way home from Sedona, we decided it would be fun to take the long way and stop […]

Family Time

Family Time

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We arrived to Bob and Jacqueline’s beautiful house late Sunday evening and spent the following morning, cleaning up, working, and reconnecting with the world. Then, we piled in the convertible for lunch and a tour of their gorgeous town.   Over the course of the next few days, they spoiled us altogether rotten with the loveliest […]

Headed South

Headed South

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The gorgeous storm had brought with it an almighty gale and the yurt, parked right on the ledge of the mesa was wrapped in the sounds of a heavy storm. All night I dreamed that there was a yurt next door that lost its roof to the storm and I slept in fits, wondering if […]

Riding Gooseberry Mesa

Riding Gooseberry Mesa

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A beautiful day on Gooseberry Mesa awaited us, and though we had planned to drive out to some easier trails, the prospect of a long drive on rough dirt roads wasn’t that appealing, so we decided to stick close to the yurt. Gooseberry Mesa is famous for its network of mountain biking trails, so we […]

Yurts with Friends

Yurts with Friends

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At the end of Ben’s final semester of grad school, we’d planned to head to Boulder for his graduation. Ben has never been much of one for pomp and circumstance though so when one of my own grad school friends invited us to Gooseberry Mesa to spend the weekend in a yurt, we jumped at […]

Dune Buggy

Dune Buggy

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En route back to Salt Lake City, we debated making a final hike but instead opted to make our routine visit to my aging grandpa’s house. After all the mayhem of the last year or so, I can’t help but feel like we’ve got to soak up our parents’ parents while we still can. We […]

Overnight in Vermillion Cliffs National Monument

Overnight in Vermillion Cliffs National Monument

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A half hour drive landed us in the free Stateline campground, which straddles the Utah Arizona border. We unrolled our tent and sleeping bags and were home for the already chilly night. My impulse was to crawl straight in the tent, burrow into the blankets, and call it a night, but the stars had summoned […]

South Coyote Buttes

South Coyote Buttes

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Arriving back at the car after four hours in Buckskin Gulch, we were tired and we spent quite a while rallying ourselves to get moving again. Sitting in the car for the rest of the evening was tempting, but we had permits for South Coyotte Buttes good for that day only, and so we drove our […]

Back to Buckskin Gulch

Back to Buckskin Gulch

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Just shortly after we were married, our then landlord invited us on a trip hike in Southern Utah. I literally remember Googling the term “slot canyon” and being wildly impressed that such a thing even existed. We went on the trip, totally unprepared for the outdoor adventure that awaited us and had the most memorable […]

Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park

Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park

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Though the label “spontaneous” is starting to be an umbrella term for just being terrible at planning, we randomly decided to head south last weekend, hoping to commune with the dirt and the sky before I headed in for a minor surgery later this week. We had high hopes that we might obtain a coveted […]