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…

Moab Amazes: Arches National Park

Arches National Park, what an incredible place! I’d like to say that we did everything there, but honestly, we didn’t hit up the Visitor Center (*gasp*) which is an act non grata when it comes to National Park visits AND we didn’t hike to Delicate Arch (because both of us had done it before). However,…

Stranded in Provo and the Moose’s Mating Call

We never planned to spend a week in the Provo/Salt Lake City area. Heck, we didn’t even plan to spend a few days there. Vaniel, however, had other plans in mind. He had been experiencing some electrical issues so we got him into a Dodge dealer ASAP while he was still under warranty. His “progress”…

City of Rocks: Where we met some amazing van lifers

Rule #1 of Van Life: Nobody shits in the toilet. Rule #2: Avoid weekend crowds at all costs. Rule #3: There are no other rules.  With only two rules, you’d think we’d have this locked in by now. For the record, Rule #1 remains unbroken. *clasps hands above head* We’ve had a few close calls,…

Returning to Smith Rock one year later

Smith Rock State Park, a picture-perfect climber’s paradise in central Oregon. It’s a unique place with views all around, beautiful water surrounding the rock, and some very enjoyable climbing. It’s also quite special for us as it is the first place we ever returned to with Vaniel. The first time we were in Smith Rock (September 2017),…

Mount St. Helens, Mount Hood, and scary lava tubes

Stratovolcanoes, lava tubes, blue skies, and sunshine. Sounds like another round of adventure with Vaniel! Ape Caves: The third longest lava tube in North America. Ape Cave was formed nearly 2,000 years ago from lava streaming down the southern flank of Mount St. Helens. (Thanks, WTA.) Here’s the thing about caves: turns out, I’m not a fan….