“Where Nature and Astronomy Meet” Mt. Wilson Observatory, California

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…

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Backpacking at Dinkey Lakes, California

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 the Sierra National Forest. It’s…

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Nature Trails in Coronado National Forest, Arizona

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…

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Sledding at White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

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,…

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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…

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Staten Island, Statue of Liberty & Empire State Building in New York City, New York, Day 3

I made a spontaneous trip to New York City! I went for a weekend, three days, in July and boy was it an adventure! I’m splitting up this trip into a three part series like I did with San Francisco a few months ago (check out day one of my trip here!). This is the third…

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World Trader Center, 9/11 Memorial & Central Park in New York City, New York, Day 2

I made a spontaneous trip to New York City! I went for a weekend, three days, in July and boy was it an adventure! I’m splitting up this trip into a three part series like I did with San Francisco a few months ago (check out day one of my trip here!). This is the…

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Coney Island, MoMA & Broadway Shows in New York City, New York, Day 1

I made a spontaneous trip to New York City! I went for a weekend, three days, in July and boy was it an adventure! I’m splitting up this trip into a three part series like I did with San Francisco a few months ago (check out day one of my trip here!). This is the first…

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