Hiking in Kolob Canyons

During Labor Day Weekend, I found myself on a familiar trail. Hiking along a path in Kolob Canyons in the summer Utah sun, I began to have memories of walking through the water and viewing the spectacle of Zion National Park many years ago. Although many travelers’ Instagram accounts highlight Angels Landing or The Narrows, there is another side of Zion National Park that captured my interest this past weekend. Even though I hiked Kolob Canyons many years ago, I didn’t have vivid memories of it until I found my way back to the same trails and viewpoints during the holiday weekend. While I admire the spectacle of Zion National Park’s main entrance, Kolob Canyons has just as much to offer in terms of southern Utah’s incredible and incomparable scenery. If you don’t believe me, take a look at few of my photos from my visit. Continue Reading ›

Dads and the Outdoors

In anticipation of my week off from school and work, I was looking forward to one thing: being completely alone. I couldn’t wait to finish craft projects, sort through my belongings, clear out my closet for donations, and go on adventures. While I was eager to go on my outdoor journeys solo, a walk along Cedar City’s Ann J. Gardner Canyon Park trail with my dad convinced me to invite him to join me in my excursions. Joining him for a fishing trip at Yankee Meadow and hiking Kanarraville Falls ended being more than what my dad refers to as “Father-Daughter bonding time.” While I’ve spent just as much time outside with my mom, I found these two outdoor opportunities left me with a few life lessons from my dad: Continue Reading ›

Art and Heritage in Washington D.C.

If there’s one thing I was excited for in Washington D.C., it’s the plethora of museums. Knowing there would be plenty of museums and organizations throughout the city that my Southern Utah University Arts Administration classmates and I could enjoy gave as all excitement and anticipation. Unfortunately, I realized I would only be able to see a few museums this visit instead of every single one on my list. My admiration for cultural preservation and passion for art steered me in the direction of a few notable places that piqued my interest. If you love art and culture as much as I do, take a look at the visits that have become some of my favorite places. Continue Reading ›

Memorials and Monuments in Washington D.C.

My first visit to Washington D.C. had been nearly 20 years ago, but the experience of seeing the Hope Diamond and First Ladies’ inaugural ball gowns stayed with me all of these years. Friends and acquaintances who have lived in this city loved the abundance of activities and sites to explore and continually share their enthusiasm for the area. Learning I would be re-visiting this city for Arts Advocacy Day, I was eager to arrive and explore every inch of Washington D.C. While photos of the memorials and monuments along the National Mall and Memorial Parks can be seen just about anywhere, seeing them in person is what makes a stronger impact. Continue Reading ›

A Visit to the Baltimore Museum of Art

On the way to Washington D.C. for Arts Advocacy Day, Katie and Cameron (my graduate school classmates) and I decided one thing had to be done: Visit Baltimore and eat Captain Crunch French Toast. In order to make our goals happen, we purchased tickets on a red-eye flight that would land us in Baltimore early in the morning. Despite the fact that we were met with biting cold weather, we ventured out into Baltimore after devouring breakfast at the Blue Moon Café. Our main destination? The Baltimore Museum of Art. With student loans and budgets on our minds, we were excited this site is free admission, and as Arts Administration students, we’re even more excited to explore a museum with exquisite art. Continue Reading ›