Officially landed and settled in Beijing! The flight was great, I had the window and then the guy sitting next to me moved (not taking it personally) so I had a bit of room to stretch out. I didn’t sleep much at all, but watched 3 movies while attempting to unravel a ball of yarn I’d managed to knot up very badly, which I’m wanting … Continue reading Beijing: Day 1
Layovers are my favorite 🙂 but after an extended wait in Seattle… I’m about to be off to Beijing, China! Currently weighing in at 118.8 lbs, with my backpack/s weighing 46.2 only WAY MORE then the recommended weight to gear ratio… but a lot of my items are things that will slowly get used up along the way (like my unlimited supply of Aquaphor and … Continue reading Next stop Beijing!
If you haven’t figured it out by now… I LOVE the outdoors and adventure seeking, and it is pretty safe to say that if I won the lottery that a pretty significant chunk of that money would be spent on outdoor gear and adventures. I’ve been a member at REI since 2010, loving the culture and expertise available from the staff and the quality of … Continue reading Mary Anderson
I can’t think of a more enjoyable and challenging way to spend my 29th Birthday then a trip to the Grand Canyon and a trek down into the Grand Canyon on Bright Angel Trail. With 12.2 miles covered and 3500 ft of elevation change, this hike took every last bit of energy and determination that I had to hike the last 6 miles BACK UP. That … Continue reading Grand Canyon & Bright Angel Trail
Everyone has been talking about the “Super Bloom” going on in the desert right now with the rains California got this winter and fall, and so naturally… I had to go check it out 🙂 The crowds were absolutely insane, my photos were a bit hazy, but with a little imagination, I was able to imagine being Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz lying among … Continue reading Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve
“It is only in sorrow bad weather masters us; in joy we face the storm and defy it. ” – Amelia Barr (February 2017) There was absolutely nothing that was going to get in our way of having an amazing weekend in Vegas, although believe me when I say that Mother Nature did her very best to test my definition of “fun”. From car camping to … Continue reading Natural Arches Trail- Valley of Fire Day 2
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is only about 30 minutes outside of Las Vegas and is a great side trip if you’re looking for a break from the bright lights, gambling, and smoke of Vegas and a little bit of nature and the outdoors. We visited during and after some pretty crazy rains which resulted in Flash Flooding and quite a few closures in … Continue reading Red Rock Canyon Nat’l Conserv. Area