[Capitol Reef National Park and Hankville, UT – Mar 26, 2022] For my second day in the park, I rearranged my hikes a bit based on info I got from the ranger at the visitor center the day before. A big part of my schedule hinged on getting to Gifford Homestead around 9 am when they opened. I intended to have their pies for breakfast! I also wanted to get their cinnamon… Read More

[Capitol Reef National Park, UT – Mar 25, 2022] You know I love to make the most of my long weekends. At the end of March, most Californians get a day off to celebrate Cesar Chavez, a labor leader and civil rights activist. At my old job, this holiday was typically combined with Good Friday to make an extra long Easter weekend. But with my current job, I no longer get Good… Read More

Big Bend National Park is in southwest Texas and includes the entire Chisos mountain range and a large swath of the Chihuahuan Desert. Due to the remote nature of Big Bend, two of the days are travel days and two of the days are fully spent in the park. Fear not, the two travel days allow you to explore plenty of things along the way! How to Get There The two closest… Read More

[Big Bend National Park & Marathon, TX – Dec 28, 2021] After 2 full days in the park, it was time to say good-bye to this fascinating place. Our flight back to Los Angeles wasn’t until later in the day. Since we were going to gain two hours from Lajitas to El Paso, we took our time. We slept in a little and started late compared to the other two days. We… Read More

[Big Bend National Park, Dec 27, 2021] For our second full day in the park, we decided to take the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive. With stops at some of the scenic viewpoints and short hikes, we expected it to take about 5-6 hours. The 31-mile point-to-point drive begins in the Chisos Mountains section of the park and winds down to the Rio Grande. From there, you can come back the way you… Read More