The Idaho Panhandle: Mountains, not Potatoes.

Before I visited Idaho, I always pictured it like Iowa or Ohio - just flat, nothing, boring, potatoland. Pleasantly surprising, Idaho is none of that, at least not the areas we went to. We drove through the entire eastern half, south to north, starting at the Utah border and driving approximately 2 hours north to …

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Sandy Canyon: A Picturesque Portion of the Arizona Trail.

Near the beginning of the trail, more near the top/parking lot. Sandy Canyon is located about 15 minutes outside of Flagstaff (which is approximately 25 minutes north of where we stayed in Munds Park), and is a great day hike. The hike is officially called the Sandy Canyon Trail, but most refer to it simply …

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Ross Creek Cedars, Montana: Some Really Big Trees.

Since I love visiting geographic wonders and have a great love for hiking, Ross Creek Cedars was right up my alley. In fact, one of my life goals is visiting all of the National Parks, as well as all the giant trees in America. I’ve been to the sequoias in central California (Mighty Sequoias: Largest …

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Glenwood, New Mexico: Catwalk Recreation Area.

Around 5 miles outside the teeny “town” of Glenwood, New Mexico, is an outdoor recreation area that is both family-friendly and super-duper cool. Located within the Gila National Forest (pronounced “hee-la”), it’s a super easy, approximately 2-mile in-and-out trail. The metal catwalk begins around .5 miles into the trail, starting from the parking lot. At …

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Lakes of Prescott, Arizona: Watson, Lynx, & Goldwater.

Watson Lake. Prescott, Arizona’s three most popular lakes - Watson, Lynx, and Goldwater - could not be any more different from one another. Watson is a geographical wonder, with rocks that look like they were transported straight from Mars. Lynx and Goldwater are much more of a run-of-the-mill lakes, nice and relaxing, but nothing crazy. …

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Phoenix, Arizona: Volume 1.🌵

Shot of Northern Phoenix during the fires. Routinely ranked as the hottest state in the United States, during summertime Phoenix lives up to its claim to fame. We moved here at the very beginning of March, when it was still at a normal, functionable temperature, and were sadly fooled into thinking “this isn’t bad, what’s …

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The Vasquez Rocks: Home of the Bandido.

In the Sierra Pelona Mountains in northern Los Angeles County, near the small town of Agua Dulce, California, sits a collection of rocks that is really cool, and really famous. Formally known as Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park, many call it just the Vasquez Rocks (I will refer to it as such here). This 932-acre park is pretty much …

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