Things I’ve Learned about the Midwest

I’ve been spending a bit more time in a place that I never thought I’d be: The Midwest. And something even more surprising? I’m loving it! More specifically, I’m in Indiana but I’ve been roadtripping throughout the region and I’m learning a few things during my time here that non-midwesterners might not know that surprise me, or things that even people living in the Midwest … Continue reading Things I’ve Learned about the Midwest

Crossing through Riverbeds & Seeing Lover’s Leap | Hiking Trail #2 in Shades State Park, Indiana

Shades State Park is one of the coolest state parks I’ve ever been to. If you’re looking for a fun adventure with your friends and family, this is definitely the place to go. Shades State Park is located in the mid-western section of Indiana, about 1 hour south of Lafayette or 1 hour west from Indianapolis. Park admission is $7 per car on weekends, $4 … Continue reading Crossing through Riverbeds & Seeing Lover’s Leap | Hiking Trail #2 in Shades State Park, Indiana

Climbing Over Dunes & Relaxing at the Beach in Indiana Dunes State & National Park, Indiana

Looking for a fun place to both hike and swim? Get a workout in and then relax on the beach? (Or one over the other – I won’t judge!) Indiana Dunes National and State Park is the perfect place for that! Indiana Dunes State and National Park is located along the northwestern edge of Indiana, next to Illinois and its shoreline is of Lake Michigan, … Continue reading Climbing Over Dunes & Relaxing at the Beach in Indiana Dunes State & National Park, Indiana

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 hike is about 5 miles round-trip. On AllTrails, this hike … Continue reading Hiking Old Baldy Trail in Coronado National Forest, Arizona

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 is under 5 miles roundtrip. On AllTrails, this hike is … Continue reading Don’t Mine-d If I Do… Hiking “Carrie Nation Trail #78” in Coronado National Forest, Arizona

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 and Sequoia National Parks because they’re right next to each … Continue reading My Top 6 Favorite National Parks in the United States

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 Sherman Ave. There are many shops selling gifts, artwork, clothes … Continue reading Get your summer on! in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho

Oh Dam! Exploring Downtown Spokane, Washington State

Spokane, Washington, is one of the most beautiful places I’ve visited in the Pacific Northwest. It’s located near the border of Washington State and Idaho and is a fairly small but growing city. Just like my hometown of Tucson, Arizona, it’s large and growing, but quite small compared with their sister cities, Phoenix, AZ, and Seattle, WA. Spokane is one of the most tranquil places … Continue reading Oh Dam! Exploring Downtown Spokane, Washington State