• Utah

    The Bear Canyon Suspension Bridge – My Favorite Local Hike

    I’m lucky enough to live at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains in the southeast Salt Lake Valley. Beautiful hiking trails with amazing views zig zag through this whole area. Our favorite hike here follows the Bonneville Shoreline Trail from Hidden Valley Park to the Bear Canyon Suspension Bridge. This 3 mile round trip hike is part of our regular exercise routine. We generally hike it twice weekly. The Bear…

  • Food,  Utah

    Birria Tacos at Los Tapatios in Salt Lake City

    I love tacos.  In fact, it’s fair to say that a perfectly executed taco is my favorite food.  And there are some great tacos in Salt Lake City.  The Hispanic community in Salt Lake is large and there is no shortage of great Mexican restaurants to choose from.  My daughter, who inherited my love of good food, had been telling me for several months about the Birria tacos at Los…

  • Utah

    Hiking the Zion Canyon Overlook Trail for a Jaw-Dropping View

    The Zion Canyon Overlook Trail is a popular trail in Zion National Park. It’s a short 1-mile hike with a minimal elevation gain, offering spectacular scenery along the way and a jaw-dropping view at the end. It’s located near the Park’s east entrance, at the end of the famous Zion tunnel. Hiking this trail was one of the many highlights of our trip to Zion National Park. Let me show…

  • Travel Musings,  Utah

    Highlights of Utah’s Mighty 5 National Parks

    Spread across the southern half of Utah, sit 5 incredible National Parks. They are beautiful, they are popular, and they have been named Utah’s Mighty 5. Southern Utah is a geologic wonderland and these 5 Parks show off Utah at its very best. On the popular AllTrails.com hiking site, all 5 are ranked in the Top 20 – with three in the Top 5. And four of them were among…

  • Utah

    The Scenic Drives of Majestic Zion National Park

    Zion National Park is Utah’s most popular National Park.  In fact, it was the third most-visited National Park in the US last year with 3.6 million visitors.  The popular hiking website AllTrails.com ranks it as the single best National Park in the US.  Zion is famous for it towering sandstone peaks and canyons, and its well-known hikes such as The Narrows and Angels Landing.  If asked to describe Zion in a…

  • Utah

    Snow Canyon State Park – Hiking Petrified Dunes and Exploring Lava Tubes

    Snow Canyon is an incredibly scenic State Park in Utah’s southwest corner.  It’s located just north of St. George, the area’s largest city, and offers some great hiking opportunities. I’ve been to St. George many times.  Due to its warm climate, this is where many Northern Utahns go for a reprieve from winter.  My Dad grew up in the nearby town of Hurricane. So as a kid, we would visit…