Red rocks dominate the landscape in Sedona and offer breathtaking views as well as some of the best hiking trails. Planning a short visit over a long holiday weekend left me with a little under 72 hours to see and do it all, so every second of the trip counted. Below is my recap to … More 72 Hours in Sedona
Big Bend National Park is huge, and depending upon how much time you have in the park, it feels like you can never get around to see it all. If you’re spending a lot of time hiking around, it’s good to get off your feet for the day and take a river trip. Sure, you … More Rio Grande River Trip
From an elevation of less than 1,800 feet along the Rio Grande to nearly 8,000 feet in the Chisos Mountains, Big Bend includes massive canyons, vast desert expanses, forested mountains and an ever-changing river. With only 300,000–350,000 visitors annually, it is one of the least-visited national parks in the lower 48 states. In June, 2016, I made my trek to Big Bend National Park.
Seven months ago I went on the trip of a lifetime to Big Bend. I’d never been camping before, and I’d never hiked more than 5 miles in a day. As an inexperienced hiker and camper, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into by deciding to venture into the desert during the summer heat. (Hint: A heat stroke was in my future as was camping next to a bathroom stall with a billion mosquitoes in my tent.)