My Top 6 Favorite National Parks in the United States

Visiting National Parks are my favorite things to do when I travel around the United States, and I definitely favor some, for all various reasons. In no particular order, here are my top 6 favorite National Parks that I've visited, and a few honorable mentions. 1) Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks, California I've combined Yosemite…

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…

“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…

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…

Exploring the City Capital & Sunset Cruise of the Golden Gate Bridge at San Francisco, California, Day 3

For my 21st birthday, my two closest friends and I traveled to San Francisco, California! This is the third post in my three-day series, so if you haven't read Day 1 or Day 2, be sure to go check them out! Day 3 began with a little bit of a slow start (probably since we…

Arm Wrestling in Fisherman’s Warf, Talking to Sea Lions on Pier 39, & Dinner at Chinatown in San Francisco, California, Day 2

For my 21st birthday, my two closest friends and I traveled to San Francisco, California! This is the second post in my three-day series, so if you haven't read Day 1 -- go check it out here and stay tuned for Day 3, coming soon! Day 2 took us to San Fran's iconic Fisherman's Warf,…

Celebrating My 21st Birthday! in San Francisco, California, Day 1

For my 21st birthday, my two closest friends and I traveled to San Francisco, California! This is going to be a three-day series, so stay tuned for Days 2 and 3, coming soon! Our adventure began in Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, Ariz., where we drove to from Tucson the night before our flight. We…