Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

July 25, 2015 Categories Camper Van, Hiking, Road Trips, Travel, USA

Miles driven: 31.5 Miles hiked: 9.2+ Today I did Capitol Reef, sticking to Hwy 24 that goes through the entire park. Off of 24, there’s a road that goes down part way through the park but it’s focused more on historical stuff that I’m honestly not that interested in. There’s a blacksmith shop, some old … Continue reading Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

Canyonlands National Park, Utah

July 24, 2015 Categories Camper Van, Hiking, Road Trips, Travel, USA

Miles driven: 278.8 Miles hiked: 5.3+ I camped outside of town last night and awoke slightly after 6:30 this morning before heading back into town. I meant to get gas while I was in town last night, but completely spaced out and forgot about it. Canyonlands’ closest entry point is 31 miles from Moab and … Continue reading Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Arches National Park, Utah (Part 3)

July 23, 2015 Categories Camper Van, Hiking, Road Trips, Travel, USA

Miles driven: 56.0 Miles hiked: 7.5+ Last night was wicked hot in the van. It was about 100 degrees as I tried to sleep, drowning in a pool of sweat. I had the roof vent open to try to get some of the heat out, but it was almost just as hot outside so it … Continue reading Arches National Park, Utah (Part 3)

Arches National Park, Utah (Part 2)

July 22, 2015 Categories Camper Van, Hiking, Road Trips, Travel, USA

Miles driven: 49.1 Miles hiked: 5.0 Today was a short day, as I’m saving the last 7.2 miles of designated trail for tomorrow. I headed into the park around 7:30 this morning after camping out in town last night. I focused on the Northern portion of the park, minus the Devils Garden area, which is … Continue reading Arches National Park, Utah (Part 2)

Arches National Park, Utah (Part 1)

July 21, 2015 Categories Camper Van, Hiking, Road Trips, Travel, USA

Miles driven: 68.7 Miles hiked: 3.8+ I took yesterday morning to get a few things done and spent the afternoon and part of the evening driving South to Arches National Park. I arrived around 5:30pm, which was just enough time to get to the visitor center before it closed. Because this part of the state … Continue reading Arches National Park, Utah (Part 1)

Hiking, Art, and Music

July 17, 2015 Categories Camper Van, Hiking, Road Trips, Travel, USA

We began today by heading out to a local hike called the Adams Canyon Trail shortly after breakfast. We had a quick drive over to the town of Layton after getting directions to the trailhead, which is located in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. The hike started off pretty sandy and gradually progressed more into rock … Continue reading Hiking, Art, and Music

Northern Utah

July 16, 2015 Categories Camper Van, Hiking, Road Trips, Travel, USA

I woke up this morning undecided on the plan for today. The original plan was to just drive down to Grand Teton National Park after doing Yellowstone, but I really didn’t want to have to drive back into Yellowstone to get there, as the South exit for Yellowstone is the primary way to get to … Continue reading Northern Utah

Day 9: Appalachian FAIL

March 25, 2015 Categories Appalachian Trail, Backpacking, Hiking

I have conceded. Damn you, mountains. You are better than me. With my knee still sore and the next two back-to-back obstacles being Rocky Mountain (4,017 ft) and Tray Mountain (4,430 ft), both of which are steep and rocky, I have decided to admit defeat. I’m sure I could make the climb up, but the … Continue reading Day 9: Appalachian FAIL

Day 8: Zero

March 24, 2015 Categories Appalachian Trail, Backpacking, Hiking

I didn’t hike today. In hiker lingo, I took a zero day. My left knee was bothering me a lot this morning and it was painful walking up and down the three flights of stairs at the hotel to do laundry. It has swollen and feels warm to the touch (like, it has noticeably more … Continue reading Day 8: Zero

Day 7: Low Gap to Unicoi Gap

March 23, 2015 Categories Appalachian Trail, Backpacking, Hiking

Miles hiked: 9.7 Today was spa day. No joke. I ended today in the hot tub. Last night I accidentally pitched my tent on a slight slope and spent the night trying not to slide off my sleeping pad. If it wasn’t for the rain, I would have fixed my tent positioning but didn’t feel … Continue reading Day 7: Low Gap to Unicoi Gap