Ricketts Glen State Park

Now that I’m back on the east coast, I sadly do not have access to as many national parks as I once did… I basically live in a national park desert. IT’S TERRIBLE. But really, I was very lucky to travel to so many national parks during my year in the west and I am missing them dearly, BUT Pennsylvania is not a waste land – there is plenty of beauty all over this little state.
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Yosemite National Park: the first of the big Ys

Back in the day before I really dove into the national park world, I had a vague understand what the parks were, knew there were a bunch in the middle of the country, and that Teddy Roosevelt was involved somehow. But when I thought about national parks, I thought of the 2 parks that both had weird Y names: Yosemite and Yellowstone.

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Small Town Colorado: Nederland, CO

Hi! I have a section of this blog called Small Town Colorado. Even though I don’t live there anymore, I still want to share some of the small towns I came across. They really were one of my favorite parts about Colorado.

Every Colorado town kinda feels like a small town to me. While there are certainly some considerably populated areas, every region is typically surrounded by open lands, tons and tons of cows, and big skies. Which makes them all seem pretty tiny and cute and endearing. And of course, there are actual tiny towns around the state, and they are particularly cute and endearing.

This one is all about Nederland, Colorado. Nederland is tucked away just a few miles into the foothills – about 30 minutes into Boulder Canyon.

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TTJ: a stroll in Sedona, Arizona

Welcome to my Teeny Travel Journal! My TTJ! I decided there are places around the world that I’ve visited and want to highlight, without any fluff. Just some snapshots of the city, park, town, region, whatever… without many words to clutter up the post. So it’s a travel journal… but a small one. Plus I really like the word teeny.

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Roadside sunset in Arizona

Back in April, Kristen and I were embarking on a 10 day trip around the Southwest. On our way from Zion National Park to the Grand Canyon, we drove a few hours into Arizona during a beautiful sunset.

The timing worked out great: just as we crossed over the Arizona border, the sun was setting as the moon came up behind some INTENSE Arizona landscapes.

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The grand Grand Canyon

 

The Grand Canyon. That one canyon that is the most grand.

Up until April of 2017, Grand Canyon National Park seemed like this fantasy place in the American Southwest where cool people went. Everyone knows about the Grand Canyon, which made me kind of nervous to go. Like I wrote in my post about Zion, parks like the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone are SO well known and get so much attention, I was almost a little less excited to go with such high expectations. I was nervous about not liking it as much as the world does!

But it holds up, guys. It was really really really great. Maybe even grand.

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Zion National Park: the last of the mighty 5

During our April trip to southwest Utah and Arizona, I was almost most definitely most most most excited about Zion. Ever since learning about the national parks and studying them all obsessively, Zion stood out to me as one of the best. To me, it has the prominence and the prestige, without the hype and attention that places like Grand Canyon and Yellowstone get. Not saying those places are bad or overrated or not worthy, but I like how Zion is kept as a bit more of a secret. Plus the VIEWS!

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