National Parks

A Bluebird Weekend Hiking in Seattle

A Bluebird Weekend Hiking in Seattle

This past weekend I visited my friend and hiking buddy, Grace, in Seattle. Last year, Grace came to the Bay Area and we had planned to hike Mount Whitney together, but a fire closed the trailhead on the day of our permit. Instead, we had a memorable, Milky Way-filled trip to the Trinity Alps. So this year, I came to Grace and we did two breathtaking hikes: an epic 8-hour, 17-mile day in Mount Rainier National Park, and then an 8-miler to North Cascades National Park. Here is a bit about our hikes and our favorite scenery. Happy Friday :)

Zion National Park

Zion National Park

September 2017 marked our fifth anniversary, and we knew we wanted to do something special to celebrate. Onur had taken a day trip to Zion National Park—located in southwestern Utah—in 2016, and suggested we return for our anniversary. He didn't have to ask me twice; I was in!

Zion is famous for its sheer, multi-colored cliffs—uplifted layers of sedimentary rock known as the Grand Staircase—carved into a dazzling canyon. The Virgin River flows wide and easy along the length of the canyon, while soft brick- and sand-colored walls of sandstone rise like cathedrals from the valley floor. It was easy to lose ourselves in the magnitude and wonder of the place.