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 …

Coronado National Memorial

This is it. The hike when I learned to ALWAYS be over-prepared – even on the most simple out and back hike. Getting Lost Hiking Coronado National Memorial 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 …

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 in the Grand Canyon

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 …

Sonoran Desert Museum

From petroglyphs to fossilized bats to petrified poop, this is my “Perfect Day” in Tucson and the Sonoran Desert: It involves a walk along the easy Desert Loop Trail of the Tucson Desert Museum that is dotted with fossils and caves, and an easy walk along the Signal Hill Trail of the Saguaro National …

Petroglyphs on Signal Hill Trail in Saguaro National Park

Petroglyphs are the ancient graffiti of the southwestern United States. A great place to see petroglyphs without breaking a sweat is at Saguaro National Park where pictures of spirals, animals, and squiggly lines are etched or scraped into the rocks by the prehistoric Hohokam. It’s unknown whether petroglyphs were religious symbols, directional signals, or …