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 ›

Fall in Dixie National Forest

A few months before I returned to my hometown, I made a list of places I hadn’t seen or wanted to see with a pair of grown up eyes. Although most places revolved around hiking or potential trips to Las Vegas and southern California, one specific location was Dixie National Forest. Luckily, I didn’t have to go very far since this forest surrounds the majority of my current residence. A drive up the canyon and I was in my desired destination. Although it was too cold to hike, I decided to save that for another time and soak up the autumn scenery. A few photos below will show you why I didn’t regret continuing my drive. Continue Reading ›

The Ghosts of Old Iron Town

Whether you’ve lived somewhere for a long time or you grew up there, one thing is most likely true: You probably haven’t seen as much as visitors have. Since returning back to my hometown, I’m finding new stories and faint memories from childhood on some of my return visits. When friends visiting southern Utah on Labor Day invite me on a trip to the historic ruins of Old Iron Town, I decide to join and learn more about an area I’ve lived in for years but haven’t really known. Although Old Iron Town may seem like a small cluster of bricks from fallen ruins or a worn-out dome, these structures hold a place for my imagination as I wander through pathways and bricks. Continue Reading ›

The Art of Zion National Park

Living in southern Utah usually elicits questions surrounding the two popular National Parks Bryce Canyon and Zion. People often tell me, “I’m so jealous you live in Utah! I love Utah!” and they continue to tell me how much they admire the unique landscape and scenery of this part of the United States. I’m not surprised or rolling my eyes at their comments, but living somewhere we often neglect being tourists in our own backyard. Making a trip to Bryce Canyon National Park usually means you have to plan a day to make your way up the canyon and I hadn’t thought much about visiting Zion after my fateful hike on Angels Landing. However the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary changed all of that, and to my surprise I experienced Zion like I hadn’t before. Leaving a place I’ve known for years and then returned to, I have a refreshed perspective and see things I didn’t before. Working in the arts I find the process is the same. After spending days at the office finding the latest videos and podcasts about Shakespeare and making plans to see shows, I sometimes need a break and a visit to Zion National Park provided more for my creativity. Continue Reading ›