I spent the past weekend on (yet another) getaway to Zion National Park and as always, it was magical. Originally, it was supposed to be a trip to run the Snow Canyon half marathon in St. George, but due to all the traveling I ended up doing at the end of the summer, I didn’t have time to train properly so I called off that plan and turned it into a Zion National Park in the fall + a secret waterfall trip. Plus, we ended up hiking upwards of ten miles anyway, so it was basically the same thing as running, right?
This past week I crossed something off my bucket list that has been on there for quite a while: backpacking Havasupai! It was both the hardest and the most rewarding thing I have ever done and it definitely lived up to the hype. I decided to share this post in more of a “trail journal” type of way, so come along for the ride with me.
When you decide to head to Las Vegas for a weekend, what’s the first thing you think of? Maybe parties, gambling, and staying up until the sun rises. What do I think of? Hiking. Go figure.
My best friend lives in Las Vegas so when I found out that Ellie Goulding (my favorite of all time, you guys) was going to be performing at the hotel where she works, we decided to make a weekend out of it and explore the nearby Red Rock National Conservation Area which has been on my bucket list for a while. I was a little skeptical about how pretty it would (or wouldn’t) be to go adventuring right outside Sin City, but as soon as we drove into the park, I was speechless.
A few weekends ago, I had the amazing opportunity to spend some time in Zion National Park on a photography retreat, where I got to learn from the incredible David J. West. We spent two whole days wandering around one of the most beautiful places on Earth and taking photos and it was incredible. While I know my photos aren’t anywhere near as good as a professional, I think anyone can learn a lot from going to gorgeous locations and practicing, so I wanted to share some of the spots David took us to on the retreat that I think are perfect to work on different skills.
When we went camping in the Redwoods last year, it was nothing like we expected it to be. For some reason, I was expecting lots of brown, dry trees and land that matched those trees, but when we showed up to a green, almost jungle-like landscape, I was surprised and delighted. The Redwoods are beautiful and the other scenery that surrounds them is just as impressive.