white pocket kanab

Three days in Kanab, UT

Kanab is perfectly positioned as a base for exploring the southern part of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, a magical place under threat from the current administration. It was our favorite area on our first Big Trip and we were thrilled...

Eagle Crags hike vista

Five days in Virgin, UT

We visited Zion for only a half day on our first Big Trip two years ago and didn’t really get why people are obsessed with this National Park. This trip, we wanted to really understand Zion’s appeal, so we stayed...

The Narrows hike Zion

Zion National Park

We did a quickie visit to Zion on our first Big Trip in 2016. On our second Big Trip, we had more time to explore and really get to know Zion. It’s a magical place, and because of that, it’s...

Halloween dog at the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon North Rim

The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is visited by only 10% of all Grand Canyon visitors. It’s a 24-mile hike across rim-to-rim, but driving from the South Rim Visitor Center to the North Rim Visitor Center it’s 212 miles!...

Bugsy looking at Wheeler Peak

Great Basin National Park

Great Basin National Park is one of the least visited National Parks in the entire system. Sure, it’s a million miles from nowhere (but really, not far from Las Vegas or Salt Lake City), but the remoteness means no crowds.¬†Seriously,...

Bugsy by Silver Lake Utah

Five days in Park City, Utah

Southern Utah was our favorite part of the first Big Trip, and we were excited to explore Northern Utah a bit this trip. We chose Park City as our base for our first big hiking stop on this trip, and...

view from campground in Rock Springs

One day in Rock Springs, WY

If you’ve missed our headlong rush across the country, we’re in a hurry to get to Utah. We needed a stopover between Denver and Park City, so picked a town on the way that has a brewery: Rock Springs, Wyoming....

Dog-Off Leash Area at Cherry Creek State Park

A weekend in Denver (visit #2)

We did this on our first Big Trip: camped in the Airstream beside our friends’ house in Northeast¬†Denver. Like, in the city! It was a blast both times. We ate a ton, drank good beer, and had some adventures around...

hiking around Arikaree Breaks KS

One day in St Francis, KS

Omaha to Denver is a long haul, and we wanted to get to Denver early in the day to avoid Friday afternoon traffic, so we needed an overnight stop. In the interest of getting Bugsy a new state (me too,...

Two feet in Nebraska and two feet in Iowa

One day in Omaha, NE

We were in Kansas City, headed for Denver, so it seemed the logical next stop was Omaha. Neither of us knew much about the city, other than the College World Series is held there (because we come from a school...