My Favorite Things to do in Oceanside, California

Happy spring break!! It’s that time of the year again when all of us students are travelling to the beach and enjoying the (brief) break from classes. Oceanside, California, is honestly one of my favorite places in the world. In middle and high school, it was my absolute number one favorite place, especially to visit for spring break. Since then, I’ve traveled quite a bit … Continue reading My Favorite Things to do in Oceanside, California

Mt. Wilson Observatory

My work at the University of Arizona’s Steward Observatory took me on an unexpected trip to Mount Wilson, California. Mt. Wilson is a 100+ year old observatory about 35 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles in the Angeles National Forest. It’s a beautiful 1.5 hour drive and there are also hikes that lead visitors through the observatory. Mt. Wilson is often overlooked by travelers hoping … Continue reading Mt. Wilson Observatory

Backpacking at Dinkey Lakes

One thing that I’m sure many people don’t know or expect from me is that I adore backpacking. I’ve only ever been a few times, but one of my favorite places to backpack is Dinkey Lakes in California. Dinkey Lakes is about 200 miles straight east of San Jose, California, in theΒ Sierra National Forest. It’s closer to Fresno, CA, and is right in between Yosemite … Continue reading Backpacking at Dinkey Lakes

Nature Trails in Coronado National Forest

Southern Arizona is one of the most beautiful and best places to be during wintertime. This January I went hiking in Coronado National Forest, located about 25 miles from Green Valley, south of Tucson, Arizona. The weather that day had a high of around 65-70*F (although it was chillier in the shade) and a slight brisk breeze. All in all, perfect hiking weather! My grandma … Continue reading Nature Trails in Coronado National Forest

Sledding at White Sands National Monument

On my roadtrip from Washington D.C. to my hometown of Tucson, Arizona, my uncle and I made a pit stop at White Sands National Monument in New Mexico! White Sands National Monument is 52 miles northeast of Las Cruces and a part of the northern Chihuahua Desert. It features giant dunes of pure white sand, with a visitor center run by the National Park Service. … Continue reading Sledding at White Sands National Monument

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2018: The Year of Travel

2018 is over! What an adventure this year was. Looking back at my year, I truly have so much to be lucky for. I touched 27 U.S. states, visited hundreds of cities, and met people I never imagined possible. So, without further ado, here is my 2018 year in review… My year started with a road trip from my hometown of Tucson, Arizona, to Washington … Continue reading 2018: The Year of Travel