Feeling Nostalgic of My Hometown, Tucson, Arizona

If you've been following my blog for a while, you'll probably know that I was raised as a desert dweller. I lived in the dry landscapes of the southwestern United States in Tucson, Arizona. Arizona is a state unlike any other. The environment, particularly the Sonoran desert, can't be found anywhere else in the United…

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…

A Rain Forest in the Desert?! Explore the Science at Biosphere 2 in Tucson, Arizona

One of the most unique places in Tucson, Arizona, is the Biosphere 2. The Biosphere 2 is located to the north of Tucson, about 35 miles (or nearly an hour) from downtown. It's one of the spots that nearly every Tucsonan has visited and recommends to anyone who comes to town. It's operated and funded…

What You Should Know Before Moving to Arizona

So you're thinking about moving to Arizona? Well, you're not the first one! Arizona is the fastest-growing state in the entire United States. I, myself, moved to Arizona and lived there for 10(ish) years after living in California. Here's what I know about what it's like to move to Arizona. What part of the state…

What I’ve Learned After 4 Years in College

I am currently a senior in college, graduating from the University of Arizona in a few short days. After four years at my university, here is what I've learned in college: In college, everyone is a mess. Coming in as a freshman, everything about starting college is so new and exciting. There is a world…