• 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…

  • Food,  Utah

    Red Iguana – My Favorite Salt Lake City Restaurant

    Regular readers know that I enjoy great food. And I always make it a point to share great food finds from along my journeys in this blog. But what about when I’m at home? There are a lot of great places to eat in Salt Lake City, but for me, one stands out above the rest. Red Iguana. Red Iguana is a Salt Lake City eating institution. It’s also a…

  • Utah

    2 Great Days in Moab – Arches, Canyonlands, and Dead Horse Point

    Growing up, my family spent almost every Spring Break camping in and around Arches National Park near Moab Utah.  We had a truck bed camper and we would go with several neighborhood families – all with kids our age.  I fondly remember camping in Devil’s Garden and spending entire days with my brothers and neighbor friends exploring the spectacular red rock formations. Back then, it felt like we had Arches entirely…

  • Food,  Japan

    Food of Japan – 12 Great Things to Eat

    One of my greatest joys of travel, no matter where I go, is food. I love seeking out as much authentic local food as possible. I spend lots of time before and during our travels researching what and where to eat. Before traveling to Japan, I had some knowledge of the food of Japan. After all, sushi and ramen and tempura are all common and easy to find at home.…

  • Utah

    Top Sites in Arches National Park

    Arches National Park, located near Moab Utah, is one of Utah’s Mighty 5 National Parks.  Growing up, my family spent every Spring Break camping in Arches National Park.  40 years ago, the Park wasn’t quite as famous, nor was it nearly as crowded as it is now.  And as a kid, I certainly took its beauty for granted. Since local road trips have been our only form of travel during…