The Dirt on The Dyrt

If you know anything about me, you know that I’m a planner. When it comes to road trips especially, I plan a lot (some would say excessively). Even down to which campsite I choose. (No. Really. I do.) Some people probably find it ridiculous that I will literally “drive” through a campground on Google maps…

22/59 – Death Valley National Park | 05.14.17

I’ll go ahead and say it- Death Valley was not as hot as I was expecting it to be. Granted, it was still pretty hot, and if there hadn’t been any wind it would’ve been a LOT hotter, but it wasn’t the worst. And to be fair we also didn’t spend much time out of…

Theodore Roosevelt Groves

If you know us, you know that two things are incredibly important to us – 1. our national parks, and 2. our pets. In February of 2017 we had to say goodbye to our beloved Sadie, and have been on the lookout ever since for the perfect adventure pup to help heal the hole in…

4/59 – Capitol Reef National Park | 09.25.16

Ah, Capitol Reef. ❤ We’ve passed through Capitol Reef several times (many times, for me) since our first visit, but only stopped once very briefly to shamelessly collect a stamp at the Visitor Center and continue on our way. Yes, we are blasphemers, but I justify it by saying that on our first visit together…

19/59 – Canyonlands National Park | 09.25.16

I’ll admit it. We definitely shortchanged Canyonlands on this trip. So much of what’s amazing about this park is in the backcountry, the wilderness, the “inaccessible.” And we didn’t have a lot of time for any sort of backcountry excursions here this time around, but I needed to go there. I hadn’t personally been to…

18/59 – Arches National Park | 09.24.16

Yes. We live in Utah and it took us 5 years to visit Arches together. I am beyond ashamed. I’ll admit, though, that part of the reason behind that is because as beautiful as Arches is, it’s just too crowded. Too crowded, she says?! Yeah. I know. Sounds a little silly coming from She-Who-Loves-Zion-Best-Of-All (almost), but…

17/59 – Mesa Verde National Park | 09.22-24.16

I went to Mesa Verde once as a kid, a very long time ago. I’m pretty sure we did the Cliff Palace tour and I remember being incredibly disappointed that I couldn’t go climb around in the ruins and explore. I still want to climb around and explore, but now as an adult I realize…

16/59 – Petrified Forest National Park | 09.21-22.16

Petrified Forest is the only park I personally hadn’t visited on this trip (and one of only two parks this year that are new to me). I’ll admit it, I kept my expectations as low as possible, completely intentionally. And that was a good idea! Petrified Forest is a pretty crazy park, but the beauty…

Walnut Canyon National Monument | 09.20.16

On our way from the Grand Canyon to Petrified Forest, we decided to stop at Walnut Canyon National Monument. I’d never heard of this place and didn’t have much of an idea what to expect, but I knew it had ruins so I wanted to stop there for Brady! And I’ll be honest… it blew…

15/59 – Grand Canyon National Park | 09.18-20.16

Can you believe that Brady had never been to the Grand Canyon before? The theme of this trip (for me at least) was “remedy Brady’s huge lack of nearby national park experiences.” Haha. But seriously, how did this happen?? I have no idea, honestly. We left Zion around noon and headed for the south rim….

2/59 – Zion National Park | 9.17-18.16

Three and a half years later and we FINALLY made it back to Zion together! My soul can feel less sad now. We arrived pretty late on Saturday night, and first order of business on the list was a night shoot at the Canyon Overlook Trail (which we almost bagged because it was so late,…

14/59 – Bryce Canyon National Park | 09.17.16

Okay, I’ll admit it. This park was the height of my shame for this trip. I had grand plans to spend more than half a day here (around 6 hours) doing multiple hikes and soaking in as much of the grandeur that this park has to offer as possible… and then we got on the…