Yellowstone National Park – Five Day Itinerary

Yellowstone National Park is neatly tucked away in the Northwest corner of Wyoming, where the mountainous landscape does not obstruct the view of the expansive sky above. Peacefully grazing bison freely roam the open land while a tiny chipmunk scampers from one rock to another. The remnants of an early October snowstorm still coat the […]

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Must-See Stops At The Petrified Forest National Park

Visiting the Petrified Forest National Park almost didn’t happen for us on this trip. It was a miscalculation on my part. I thought we could squeeze in two longer stops in one day; the Petroglyph National Monument and Petrified Forest National Park. I didn’t account for traffic, travel between visits, and time changes. Planning this […]

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Sequoia National Park – One Day Hiking Itinerary

One can easily find a hiking trail to fit any time frame and suit any hiking ability in Sequoia National Park; there are hundreds of miles of hiking trails from which to choose. When Aaron and I recently visited, we wanted to squeeze in as much hiking as possible but also take time to see […]

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What You Need To Know About Camping In Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is an outdoor wonderland, and Aaron and I have always wanted to go on a camping trip together. This year, the pieces seemed to fall into place for one of our bucket list destinations; Yellowstone. We often plan a trip for September or October because it’s the off-season for many popular travel […]

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Hiking In Grand Canyon National Park – South Kaibab Trail

Hiking the Grand Canyon is a bucket list item I was not willing to pass up along our road trip. Being one of seven natural wonders of the world, we planned the entire road trip around making sure we could spend the day hiking and taking in the sights. We allotted a little over six […]

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Essential Yellowstone Packing List For Fall

Packing for any vacation can be overwhelming. There’s always a sense of forgetting a critical item for survival; e.g. medication, your phone charger, or your whole carry-on bag. For my recent trip to Yellowstone, I created an essential Yellowstone packing list to ensure I would be prepared for anything.  On this trip not only did […]

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Top Five Favorite Places I Traveled In 2021

As I look back on the past year, the list of favorite places I traveled was long. This year was a mixed bag of different adventures. Aaron and I planned two bucket list vacations that took us to the white sands of Hawaii and then to the mountains of Wyoming. We visited as many National […]

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Monthly Round-Up: Rose & Thorns – October 2021

October Rose & Thorns – A monthly recap of the highs and lows experienced throughout each month. Rose: Uninhibited Travel The more I travel, the easier it gets. Most of this month was excited anticipation for Aaron and I’s camping trip in Yellowstone. I spent days leading up to the trip anxious that snowstorms would […]

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32 Hours on the Big Island of Hawai’i

Early in our vacation planning, we knew we wanted to make a trip to the Island of Hawai’i (also known as the Big Island, because it’s the biggest). I’ve already covered how we navigated the COVID requirements to travel between the islands in a previous post; Traveling to Hawaii during COVID. I also highlighted the […]

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