Soggy Sakura

When we were planning our trip to Japan, we only briefly considered the cliche cherry blossom spring season. Sure, the beauty is unparalleled, and it's classic Japan. But it's also what everyone does (and we all know I like to stand out whenever possible), it's crazy crowded - with tourists…

Arches: The Most Amazing Day

Our first day in Arches wowed us with nature's splendor and the phenomenal discovery of these gravity-defying works of natural art. Our second day revealed to us the remarkable playground of the Fiery Furnace and saw us delve deeper into the park. But the third day?  The adage says "third…

Hiking Season

I used to hate hiking.  Perhaps it was too grueling for someone out of shape.  Perhaps I didn't like always being left behind because I walked slowly.  Perhaps it was because a "hike" meant an arduous vertical ascent for two thousand feet, collapsing at the top with water that tastes…