Destinations

Exploring Smith Creek Preserve

Smith Creek Preserve

I had multiple people recommend Smith Creek Preserve to me before I went there. But it wasn’t until I found myself at the upper portion of the Buffalo National River wanting to hike with my dog that I finally went to explore the area. Dogs… Read More »Smith Creek Preserve

Exploring White Sands National Park

White Sands National Park

South central New Mexico is home to the largest gypsum sand dunes in the entire world. And on Dec. 20, 2019, this unique area became the United State’s newest national park. White Sands National Park was first designated in 1933 as White Sands National Monument… Read More »White Sands National Park

bison roam freely at Caprock Canyons State Park

Caprock Canyons State Park

I peered over the edge of the canyon where shrubs and grasses dotted rust-colored folds of the crevasse. It was a foggy day and the other side of the canyon appeared to fade into nothingness. I turned to follow the trail that takes hikers along… Read More »Caprock Canyons State Park

Monument Valley Tribal Park

Monument Valley Tribal Park

Tsé Bii’ Nzdzisgaii is the Navajo name for Monument Valley and means “valley of the rocks.” This unique area of rock towers sits in the region of the Colorado Plateau on the border of Arizona and Utah. Spanning more than 91,000 acres, Monument Valley Tribal… Read More »Monument Valley Tribal Park

Zion National Park is a wonderful park with amazing scenery

Exploring Zion National Park

Zion National Park is the fourth most visited National Park, and that’s not by coincidence or convenience – it’s breathtaking in its beauty and fascinating terrain. High plateaus in southwest Utah are ruggedly cut with a maze of deep, narrow canyons. Towering 2,000-foot Navajo Sandstones… Read More »Exploring Zion National Park

Gulf Islands National Seashore is a wonderful place for a beach trip without the hustle and bustle of beach towns and people

Gulf Islands National Seashore

Growing up in Arkansas I assumed everyone flocked to the Gulf of Mexico during the summer because it was the closest salt water beach to us. But after visiting Gulf Islands National Seashore, I soon realized Arkansans don’t go to the Gulf simply because it’s… Read More »Gulf Islands National Seashore

Ennis is home to the Texas Bluebonnet Trail and is a wonderful place to enjoy the flowers

Texas Bluebonnet Trail

A blue plain spread out undulating before me. Much like a Monet painting, the blue and purple dots make up a sea that appears to be endless – waves rising and falling. I had always dreamed of seeing the Texas bluebonnets but never managed to… Read More »Texas Bluebonnet Trail

Arkansas Water Trails are a great way to see The Natural State

Arkansas Water Trails

I pulled my paddle out of the water and rested it on my kayak. I leaned back and drifted aimlessly through the murky water. My eyes unfocused as my attention went to what I was hearing – different birds calling, a bee visiting a water… Read More »Arkansas Water Trails

Hiking the South Mount Elbert Trail – the highest peak in the Rocky Mountains at 14,433.

South Mount Elbert Trail

An easy 14er? OK, that’s an oxymoron. An “easier” 14er is probably the best description for the South Mount Elbert Trail. Also known as the Mount Elbert East Ridge Trail, it climbs the east ridge to the summit of Mount Elbert, the highest mountain in… Read More »South Mount Elbert Trail