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…

21/59 – Joshua Tree National Park | 05.06-08.17

I’ll admit it- this trip got off to a ROUGH start. We were doing pretty well with packing the car and getting everything ready to go, and all we had left was some last minute grocery shopping (because I’m of the opinion that food shouldn’t be put in the cooler until the absolute latest moment…

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…

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…

13/59 – Channel Islands National Park | 05.07-09.16

It’s hard for me to believe that it took us until May to visit a national park, but it’s always tough for me to get work off when I work at a ski area all winter. We’d been planning this trip for a while, and I was super excited about it. Brady’s grandparents live in…