Opting Outside this Black Friday

Last year in Colorado, Kristen and I decided to avoid any Black Friday messiness and go to the mountains. Not that we previously had many shopping outings, but it felt really great to  me to decidedly choose to join the #OptOutside movement and say no to insane consumerism.
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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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Throwback to Torrey Pines

🎶 I go back to San Diego, all the tiiiiime 🎶

I’ve been listening to a lot of Taylor Swift recently. And I’m going back for my last post about the San Diego trip of March 2016! See day one and two here.

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Petrified Forest National Park

Hey remember the big 10 day trip through Utah and Arizona featuring here here here and here? Well here’s another one.

Petrified Forest National Park is truly in the middle of nowhere.
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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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A week at home 

I was going to share some posts this past week while I was at home, but I was honestly just having too much fun and being busy seeing my friends and family to post anything. And I’m ok with that.

For now, I want to share my time at home. I was only home for about 9 days, but I got to see just about everyone I love and do a lot of very fun things. My first thought was a longer post, writing more about my feelings and what not – but I’ll save that for later. Here are my photos.

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