Blue Forest Trail Petrified Forest

Petrified Forest National Park: Travel Guide & Itinerary

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Petrified Forest National Park beat all of my expectations. I imagined a barren desert with a few colorful hills, some ancient, petrified stumps, and soaring temperatures in the early summer. Instead, we were treated to the colorful, uniquely beautiful hills of the Painted Desert, giant, petrified trees that puzzle the mind, and the chance to walk backcountry trails without another …

Grand Canyon Rim to Rim

Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim Hike: Planning Guide and Checklist

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Hiking the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim is a bucket list adventure. Over the course of nearly 24 miles, hikers descend below the level of the rim, cross the mighty Colorado River, and climb back up the other side. It’s challenging, it’s exhilarating, and it is truly an unforgettable experience. However, this is a massive hike and in order to have the …

Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim Hike

How to Hike the Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim

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Awe-inspiring, challenging, exhausting, unforgettable…these are all words to describe the trek across the Grand Canyon. If you are up for a big adventure, hiking the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim is one for the bucket list. This is the land of extremes. In the summer months, the temperature can fluctuate along the trail as much as 80 degrees in one day. You …

Photographing waterfalls

Photographing Waterfalls near Asheville, North Carolina

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Last year, we visited Shenandoah National Park in November, chasing the fall colors. This year, I traveled solo to Asheville, North Carolina. Armed with my camera and tripod, I wanted to capture the brilliant fall colors in the area as well as spend some time photographing waterfalls. I arrived in Asheville at the very beginning of November. In some places, …

Honky Tonks Nashville

12 Best Things to do in Nashville, Tennessee

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What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear “Nashville?” For me, the answer is country music. Country music was not born here (it was actually born in Bristol, Tennessee) but Nashville is responsible for growing the country music industry over the past 100 years. People travel here to see the Country Music Hall of Fame, the legendary …

So, What’s It Like Returning to the USA?

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With just one week remaining of our 396 day journey around the world, how are feeling about finally returning to the USA? Honestly, we are ready to come home.  We are actually looking forward to it, which I would have found hard to imagine just a few months ago.The four of us are exhausted…this traveling schedule has really been wearing …