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Campfire stories

Our Campfire Stories are an opportunity to get to know our team and join in on the adventures they take outside of the workday.

You’ll read stories about weekend treks in hammocks, week-long expeditions to foreign lands, and the tips and tricks to help you succeed during your own adventures. All with a little bit of wit and comedy thrown in.

Zion National Park

Zion National Park

Finishing off our trip, Zion provided views so incredible, we swore we were in heaven. If you’re following our trip plan, then you’ll be entering Zion from the side entrance rather than the main entrance in Springdale. This should make your entrance into the park far less crowded. This is one of the busiest parks in the whole National Park Service. Busy enough that during the busy months, you aren’t allowed to drive in the section of the Park where most of the famous hikes are. You’ll have to take a tram to these locations. These trams can make this rugged and beautiful National Park feel a little like Disney or Busch Gardens with the massive crowds only adding to that.

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Adding in a trip a few hours south to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in Northern Arizona, made our trip unforgettable. Unlike its South Rim brother which is open year round, the North Rim is only open when the snow stops in May and closes when the snow starts in October. This is definitely a much different experience than the South Rim. The North Rim has a cool, temperate climate even in July. It is also very far from…well everything. This secluded area is an amazing place to spend a few days.

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon was our favorite National Park out of Utah’s Mighty 5 (link). Bryce Canyon dazzled us with something we had never seen before, hoodoos. These beautiful spires rising from the earth were a sight to behold. Waking up while it was still dark, we made it to Bryce Point, one of four observation points that overlook the park’s main area of hoodoos in Bryce Canyon.

Capitol Reef National Park

On the way from Moab to Bryce Canyon, make sure to make a detour through Capitol Reef National Park. You’ll be amazed by the drive through the valley of rock walls towering above. There are a few hikes in the area but it is more known for the views from the drive. As well as some family friendly historic sites and a great place to picnic near the river in Fruita.

Canyonlands National Park

Welcome to Canyonlands, prepare to feel small. This unbelievable multi-tiered plateaued area is very different than the Grand Canyon but in some ways is even more impressive. This massive National Park is actually made up of 4 separate districts according to the NPS. Island in the Sky, The Needles, The Maze, and the rivers that separate them. Though most don’t count the rivers when talking about the districts.

Arches National Park

With 10 days to explore Utah, one of the most amazing places in the United States, how would you spend it? If you’re anything like us, the best way to spend that time is out exploring the 5 incredible National Parks in the Beehive State. Arches mesmerized us with impossible rock formations. The biggest tip during the busy Summer season is to wake up early and I mean really early.

Visit 30A

The Emerald Coast, as it’s known due to the emerald green waters that crash into its sugar-sand shores, is a stretch of beautiful beaches along the Florida Panhandle. Getting there can be difficult if you don’t live within driving distance due to the lack of a major airport. However, trust me when I say that finding your way there is well worth it.

Best Water Filtration

I’ve seen LifeStraw advertised a number of places over the past few months. This lightweight, compact filtration device seemed amazing to me. I wouldn’t have carry tablets that made your water taste terrible. There was only one problem, it wasn’t convenient to drink with. You would have to either fill up your bottle and sip out the water with the straw or, based on the ad images, you’d have to sip the water out of the stream with the straw. Personally, these both seemed unideal. It wouldn’t do any good for saving water for later. Then I saw an ad for the Sawyer Mini.

Sleeping In The Mountains

It’s October, which means it’s time for my annual trip to the Smoky Mountains to check out the changing leaves and hike in the mountains. No couple’s trip this year for me, it was a guy’s camping trip. We would be staying at Smokemont campgrounds inside the park on the Cherokee, NC side. We threw our supplies in the truck and headed north to the mountains!

Zion National Park

Finishing off our trip, Zion provided views so incredible, we swore we were in heaven. If you’re following our trip plan, then you’ll be entering Zion from the side entrance rather than the main entrance in Springdale. This should make your entrance into the park far less crowded. This is one of the busiest parks in the whole National Park Service. Busy enough that during the busy months, you aren’t allowed to drive in the section of the Park where most of the famous hikes are. You’ll have to take a tram to these locations. These trams can make this rugged and beautiful National Park feel a little like Disney or Busch Gardens with the massive crowds only adding to that.

Grand Canyon

Adding in a trip a few hours south to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in Northern Arizona, made our trip unforgettable. Unlike its South Rim brother which is open year round, the North Rim is only open when the snow stops in May and closes when the snow starts in October. This is definitely a much different experience than the South Rim. The North Rim has a cool, temperate climate even in July. It is also very far from…well everything. This secluded area is an amazing place to spend a few days.

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon was our favorite National Park out of Utah’s Mighty 5 (link). Bryce Canyon dazzled us with something we had never seen before, hoodoos. These beautiful spires rising from the earth were a sight to behold. Waking up while it was still dark, we made it to Bryce Point, one of four observation points that overlook the park’s main area of hoodoos in Bryce Canyon.

Capitol Reef National Park

On the way from Moab to Bryce Canyon, make sure to make a detour through Capitol Reef National Park. You’ll be amazed by the drive through the valley of rock walls towering above. There are a few hikes in the area but it is more known for the views from the drive. As well as some family friendly historic sites and a great place to picnic near the river in Fruita.

Canyonlands National Park

Welcome to Canyonlands, prepare to feel small. This unbelievable multi-tiered plateaued area is very different than the Grand Canyon but in some ways is even more impressive. This massive National Park is actually made up of 4 separate districts according to the NPS. Island in the Sky, The Needles, The Maze, and the rivers that separate them. Though most don’t count the rivers when talking about the districts.

Arches National Park

With 10 days to explore Utah, one of the most amazing places in the United States, how would you spend it? If you’re anything like us, the best way to spend that time is out exploring the 5 incredible National Parks in the Beehive State. Arches mesmerized us with impossible rock formations. The biggest tip during the busy Summer season is to wake up early and I mean really early.

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