Hiking Old Baldy Trail in Coronado National Forest, Arizona

Yes, the actual name of this trail is called “Old Baldy.” It’s because It leads to a saddle that is mostly “bald” (fewer trees), hence the name. Old Baldy is located in Coronado National Forest, about 40 miles south of Tucson in southern Arizona. It’s a favorite hiking spot for my family and birders. This…

Don’t Mine-d If I Do… Hiking “Carrie Nation Trail #78” in Coronado National Forest, Arizona

Coronado National Forest in southern Arizona is home to many unique hiking trails. It is also home to many old copper and uranium mines. When I visited my mom in May, she took me on a hike to an old uranium mine, and it’s now one of my favorite hikes in the area. This hike…

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…

Get your summer on! in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho

Get your summer on! Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, is one of my favorite places to visit in the spring and summer times! (Side note: Coeur D'Alene is pronounced core-duh-LANE) It's a smaller lake town, located near the Washington State - Idaho border right on Coeur D'Alene Lake in southwest Idaho. The main downtown area runs along…

Getting Back to Nature at Armand Bayou Nature Center, Texas

In the outskirts of Houston near Webster, Texas, you can find the Armand Bayou Nature Center.  Lush trees, swampy atmosphere, chirping birds, turtles, spiders, alligators... and BISON! (yes, bison!) You can find all of this and more at the nature center. The Armand Bayou is one of my favorite places to escape to in my…

A Day in Historical Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia

Harper's Ferry, WV, is best known as a historical site for a quite horrible and bloody abolitionist raid in 1859, but has since turned into a beautiful historic town with beautiful views. It sits right on the border between West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia, where the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers meet. I went to Harper's…

Camping at Huntsville State Park, Texas

I went camping at Huntsville State Park! The park is located in Huntsville, Texas, which is about an hour to hour and a half north of Houston. Huntsville State Park is a 2,000+ acre park next to the Sam Houston National Forest. Within the park is Lake Raven, about 200 acres and filled with a…