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Over the Rainbow in Utah

Our drive into Utah was nothing spectacular. I’d powered through the vast, empty lands of Idaho before grandma took the wheel and we continued into the Promontory Mountains. As storms moved in all around us, we kept cruising under a strangely calm but darkening sky. In the distance, grandma spotted a thick, short rainbow near the ground. “Take a picture!” I whipped …

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Oregon Waterfalls and Washington Wee

Our adventure continued through what is, notably, my favorite place on Earth: Oregon. To truly understand the obsession, you have to have been on the 6 a.m. hike I took last year. Or, you have to have consumed the half-dozen maple bacon donuts from Voodoo Doughnuts – justifying the early hike. Or, you have to have jogged the along the …

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Historic Highway 101 from California to Oregon

As we strayed from the interstate in northern California, the truck rolled up to yet another obscure gas station. We hopped out for another well-practiced bathroom break. Imagine my excitement to realize that the way-back-out snacks weren’t limited to candy bars or trail mix. 3.5 hours of this mess and no one hurled! 🙌🏻 #lauragetslost #adventuresintheniftyfifty #roadtrip #california #hyperlapse A …

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Yosemite National Park

After a gorgeous evening cruising through the Giant Forest and Sequoia National Park, we were excited to venture toward Yosemite National Park the next morning. Well, mostly excited. The dry climate had taken its toll on my contacts, and being so awesome at packing, I failed to stow both my glasses and a new set of lenses for the trip. …

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General Sherman and the Giant Forest at Sequoia National Park

Ask about my favorite moments from our road trip and I’m sure to stumble for an answer. Each and every day was packed with unreal sights, old-school map reading and ridiculously memorable (for better or worse) roadside meals. I will forever struggle to pick a best part purely because the entire thing was epic. But, the moments crouched below the …

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Arches National Park

Pulling up to Arches National Park, our hopes to use grandma’s senior lifetime pass were again foiled. In some crazy confusion, one line of the gate was left open but unmanned. In retrospect, we basically snuck into the park for free. Probably illegally. Never-the-less, within minutes, we were stopped at a look out point for the Moab Fault. The somewhat …

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Westward, ho!

Staying in hotels still has that lingering childhood charm for me. Every check-in is like xmas. What will the room look like? Where’s the pool? Will the wifi work? When is breakfast? Breakfast. “The most important meal of the day” that I regularly succeed in ignoring completely. That is, unless I’m staying in a hotel. Two words: waffle maker. Over …

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To the Top of Pike’s Peak

No fewer than 17 years ago, I visited the top of Pike’s Peak with my family. I remember the idea of being on top of a mountain seemed thrilling. But, I don’t remember actually being there. I’ve seen pictures of the family trip. I generally know what the tourists’ center looks like. But I still don’t remember being there. So, when …

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Monument Rocks (or Chalk Pyramids) in Kansas

Last xmas, Grandpa Bob jokingly mentioned a road trip to the national parks. I said I’d go. Within a matter of minutes, we had set a date and loosely outlined our plan. We’ve seriously been discussing this for months unlike most of my spontaneous trips. So, when my grandma, grandpa and mom showed up on my doorstep a couple of weeks ago …