two women hug at santiago cathedral

The day we completed our pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago was surreal. We couldn’t believe we were heading out on the last day, the 35th day of our pilgrimage, and that that we would arrive in Santiago de Compostela that very afternoon. We woke up in Pedrouzo giddy with excitement and literally skipping …

Woman meditates on the Camino de Santiago

Walking Away, Coming Home My fiancé was diagnosed with cancer on Valentine’s Day of 2018. I still think of the day as “Diagnosis Day.” A day when everything about our lives changed. A day that foreshadowed the darkest day that I would ever know when – just four months later – Jeff took his …

The U.S.-Mexico Border Found While Hiking Coronado National Memorial

This is it. The hike when I learned never to risk running out of water. When I got quite lost hiking Coronado National Memorial on what was supposed to be an easy outing near the border between the United States and Mexico in Southwest Arizona, I tried hard not to panic. But that was …

Essential Survival Kit for Beginning Hikers

When I set out to walk 500 miles across Spain on the Camino de Santiago, I didn’t even own a backpack. Nope, I borrowed my dad’s pack and he gave me his own survival kit, which, thankfully, I never had to use. It wasn’t until I got back to the United States and continued …

South Kaibab Trail at Ooh Aah Point

If hiking the Grand Canyon is on your bucket list but you only have a short amount of time, the South Kaibab Trail to Skeleton Point is for you! One of the most iconic day hikes of the Grand Canyon, the South Kaibab Trail has plenty of convenient turnaround points. If you have half …

Saguaro National Park

With towering saguaros that are native only to the northern Sonoran Desert, the Saguaro National Park is a beautiful and unique place for an Arizona desert hike. Making a Sonoran Desert hike here even more remarkable is the abundance of petroglyphs in the park.