18/59 – Arches National Park | 06.02.18

One of the things I struggle with the most about living in Utah is that everything is just so close that it’s almost TOO close, and I become complacent about it. This is particularly the case with national parks, so when a friend of mine asked me to take her and her husband canyoneering for…

White Sands National Monument | 2.18.18

White Sands. Wow. What an incredible place! We had originally planned to stay here overnight, but after a lot of talking we decided that if they were out of permits (which they were), we wouldn’t be terribly fussed. We had a really great afternoon/evening hanging out and playing on the dunes (with half of the…

24/59 | Guadalupe Mountains National Park | 02.13-16.18

Guadalupe Mountains was one of those parks that I didn’t have any serious expectations of. It doesn’t have any famous defining features like Santa Elena Canyon or, you know, being a huge cave. But I think, like with my non-existent expectations for Petrified Forest, that was great. We rolled into the park around 6pm (or…

23/59 – Big Bend National Park | 02.10-13.18

This trip was in the works for a long time, and I spent a lot of time agonizing over how to make it happen. But when we found out that I somehow shockingly had a huge number of SkyMiles (perks of my mom always flying Delta and setting me up with a SkyMiles account practically…

Yoho National Park | 08.05.17

Due to some unforeseen circumstances of the Kootenay Highway being closed by the Verdant Creek Fire (seriously y’all, we need to stop road tripping in August- even though I had watched this fire insanely closely and right up until the day we got to Banff it had looked fine, the smoke ended up being thick…

Jasper National Park | 08.04-05.17

The morning after we drove the Parkway, we woke up and headed to Maligne Canyon, and Medicine and Maligne Lakes. Maligne Canyon is deceptively long- I think it would be awesome to go back with two vehicles and do the entire thing from top to bottom. Like everything else in Jasper, it is absolutely incredible….

The Icefields Parkway | 08.03.17

Sometimes on these trips I feel like the universe gets together and decides to give me something really amazing when I’ve had a few disappointments. I was admittedly feeling pretty sad about Kananaskis and Moraine Lake, but it didn’t take more than a few kilometers into the Icefields Parkway before I didn’t feel bad anymore….

Waterton Lakes National Park | 07.31.17 – 08.01.17

I know, I know. You’re thinking, “it’s February and these posts about a trip in AUGUST are just now getting posted?” And you’re right. There’s really no excuse, if I’m being completely honest. But working full time on top of trying to blog full time while also having a massive existential crisis over my photography…

8/59 – Glacier National Park | 07.29-31.17

VICTORY! We finally made it to Glacier when the Going to the Sun Road was completely open. And wowee, was it amazing (and busy!)! We got in to our first campsite super late, because I’m the actual worst and I am completely incapable of leaving for a trip on time. No. Really. I am. We’re…

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…