The Manitou Incline, Colorado

February 1, 2020 Categories Hiking, Travel, USA

When I first heard about the Manitou Incline trail, I knew immediately that I wanted to hike it. It’s located in Colorado Springs and is essentially the big brother to Koko Head, one of my favorite trails in Hawaii. The trail is an old cable car railway that was closed down and locals started climbing … Continue reading The Manitou Incline, Colorado

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

December 25, 2019 Categories Hiking, Road Trips, Travel, USA

I’ve spent a day here and there over a few weekends hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park, covering a little over 30 miles of trails, and still not nearly complete with all the trails on the East side of the park. I’ve tried focusing on the Bear Lake area and slowly working my way outwards. … Continue reading Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

December 1, 2019 Categories Hiking, Road Trips, Travel, USA

I took this weekend to venture down to the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Southern Colorado. It was a bit cold at a brisk 16°F and the wind was blowing pretty strong. Turns out that walking in a giant kitty litter box during a high wind will pelt your face with sand like a … Continue reading Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

November 17, 2019 Categories Hiking, Road Trips, Travel, USA

I decided to make an impromptu trip to Bryce Canyon (the last National Park in Utah that I had yet to have been to) and wowzers is it a cool site. The trip added another 1,200+ miles to what I’ve driven in the past couple weeks, bringing my total to over 4,500 miles and about … Continue reading Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

You Suck, San Diego

August 18, 2015 Categories Camper Van, Hiking, Road Trips, Travel, USA

Today my name is Negative Nancy and I’m going to do a lot of complaining (also, I did a short hike). I headed out late this morning for San Diego, which was a couple of hours from where I was last night. I don’t actually need to be in San Diego for two more days, … Continue reading You Suck, San Diego

The Narrows, Zion National Park, Utah

August 3, 2015 Categories Camper Van, Hiking, Road Trips, Travel, USA

Miles driven: 78.4 Miles hiked: ~12 Today was wet. I spent the majority of the day walking through the Virgin River in the Zion Narrows. It’s a 10 mile “hike” down the river, round-trip. To get to the hike, there’s another two mile, round-trip, walk along the river you have to do. I’m honestly not … Continue reading The Narrows, Zion National Park, Utah

Observation Point, Zion National Park, Utah

August 1, 2015 Categories Camper Van, Hiking, Road Trips, Travel, USA

Miles driven: 78.3 Miles hiked: 8.0 Due to the possibility of flash floods in the Narrows at Zion, I used today to hike up to the 6,508 ft Observation Point. Although it was a tiring climb and it’s over 700 ft higher than Angels Landing, I don’t feel it was as rewarding (read: “challenging”). It … Continue reading Observation Point, Zion National Park, Utah

Angels Landing, Zion National Park, Utah

July 31, 2015 Categories Camper Van, Hiking, Road Trips, Travel, USA

Miles driven: 93.7 Miles hiked: 5.4 Last night was another warm night. It stayed over 95° in the van until at least 2am, the last time I checked the thermometer. When I woke up at 6:30 this morning, it had dropped down to a “brisk” 89°. It’s gonna be such a relief when I get … Continue reading Angels Landing, Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park, Utah (Part 2)

July 30, 2015 Categories Camper Van, Hiking, Road Trips, Travel, USA

Miles driven: 128.5 Miles hiked: 4.85 I spent the day yesterday working a random asphalt job nearby. I have an entirely new outlook towards road construction. It is some hardcore, back-breaking work which my “pampered” lifestyle has not accustomed me to, especially in 100° or more. The people who do that stuff for a living … Continue reading Zion National Park, Utah (Part 2)

Zion National Park, Utah (Part 1)

July 28, 2015 Categories Camper Van, Hiking, Road Trips, Travel, USA

Miles driven (since last post): 219.0 Miles hiked: 5.8 I took the last couple of days off. I spent one day in Cedar City, uploading my posts for the two previous days, then just relaxing. Another day I drove down to St. George and spent most of the day there. I ended up going to … Continue reading Zion National Park, Utah (Part 1)