• Warm Islands

    Some Great Things to Do in St Croix USVI

    Lots of Caribbean islands are named for Saints. Nine to be exact. I’d never visited any of these sainted islands, and I’m not sure I could even name them all. As travel started to reopen recently, I decided I felt safe seeking out an island adventure, especially as a vaccinated traveler. But I wanted to stay within US Territory for this first time away from my home state in over…

  • Warm Islands

    Snorkeling at Buck Island Reef in St Croix

    For visitors to St Croix in the US Virgin Islands, snorkeling at Buck Island Reef National Monument is a must.  Buck Island is a small uninhabited island 1.5 miles off the northeast coast of St Croix.  It’s really not all that impressive to look at from afar.  In fact, look at a picture, and you’ll immediately wonder – that mound in the ocean covered with stubby trees is a National…

  • 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…