Mount Lemmon: The land of six geographical climates

Ever find yourself surrounded by the desert and tons of incredible saguaros and then, an hour later, find yourself in the middle of an alpine forest, with snow!? If this sounds like a dream of yours, head on over to Tuscon’s Mount Lemmon and take the Sky Island Scenic Byway. In just 27 miles and…

The Day a Poop Shovel Hit Me in the Face

Some days you feel like a badass after a great day of climbing. Some days you get a poop shovel to the face. And sometimes, just sometimes, those two days are one in the same. Let’s go back to December 10, 2018… So there I am, feeling pretty successful after about four hours of climbing…

Saguaro National Park: The Home of Some Bad Ass Cacti

Saguaro cacti. Fascinating. Underestimated. Resilient. Amazing. Colin and I didn’t give them enough credit but we learned our lesson – and then some! From our very first visit to the Saguaro National Park Visitor’s Center West on December 4, we were hooked. You can’t get hit in the face with impressive knowledge and just walk…

Fear and Loathing in Van Life: An Imagination Run Wild

Outbound living has many, many advantages: Simple living, waking up in a new place and opening your door to a view you haven’t seen before, moving wherever the wind takes you, saving money, chasing summer, etc. With that being said, outbound living means your home is, well, outside. All the time. That’s fine by me when…

Rocking it in the Red Rock Conservation Area

Back to Red Rock! After spending three weeks in Red Rock last October, we went in crazy excited and ready to get after it. We certainly did that – on November 7, our first day in Red Rock, we climbed Solar Slab, a 9-pitch climb, gaining 1,220 feet (5.6). BUT, in order to get there,…

Mountain Biking and Adventures in St. George

For months, I had been seeking pure, fun, mountain biking. It eluded me. All I wanted was smooth, flowy goodness – more enjoyment, less stress. Two places gave me that sheer, infectious joy: Fruita, Colorado and St. George, Utah.  let’s take A quick trip back in time to mid-october: Fruita, Colorado  In between our time…

Bryce Canyon National Park

Ever wish you could avoid all the crowds at one of the more popular National Parks, Bryce? Here’s a tip: Go in early November. You’re golden. Sure, it might be cold and quite windy but you won’t be waiting in any lines. We were there the week before they drastically cut down staff and after…

Capitol Reef National Park

Sixty miles long and just six miles wide, Capitol Reef National Park is in the middle of nowhere Utah. We visited on Halloween which seemed appropriate given it has to be one of the least visited National Parks (this isn’t true, but it feels like it should be). Admittedly, after three weeks in Moab, visiting…

Moab Amazes: Canyonlands National Park

Bright in the morning on October 21, we drove into Canyonlands National Park, Island in the Sky district. Not much can get me motivated in the morning but the prospect of avoiding crowds certainly helps put a pep in my step. Canyonlands is known for Mesa Arch and all the pictures I had seen were…