What Lies Beneath…

As someone who fears water she can’t see the bottom of, I was terrified of hiking The Narrows in Zion National Park. But, I also wanted to do the hike so bad! So I went—survived—and it was amazing. My husband and I spent two full days making our way through the slot canyon with the…

Cataract Dam

There is nothing as serene as waking up in your tent with the sound of a cascading stream of water filling the air. Upper Cataract Lake is one of those perfect backpacking destinations in Colorado. It’s a large body of water for this altitude, surrounded by high snowy peaks on three sides, and has a cascading waterfall coming off this natural dam…

Tekapo

There are some places that I’ve been to that just stand out in my memory as clear as if I were standing there today. Lake Tekapo is one of those places. I remember looking at it on the map while planning our trip to New Zealand, and thinking, “oh yeah, we should probably plan on…

Stirling Falls

This is perhaps the most photographed waterfall in all of New Zealand, and for good reason. At 495′ high, Stirling Falls is nearly three times as high as Niagara Falls (167′). Stirling Falls is only one of two permanent waterfalls in New Zealand’s Milford Sound. However, every time it rains, which is about every two out of three days,…

Georgia Cascade

I love a good waterfall. It doesn’t have to be the highest falls in the world, although one day I do hope to visit Angel Falls; it doesn’t have to be the widest or heaviest flow to capture my attention. There is just something so peaceful about how the crashing sound of water drowns out…

Ouray's Box Canyon

Like so many other Colorado mountain towns, the town of Ouray, Colorado was established as a mining town. It is here in the hidden gem known as Box Canyon that the mine was located. You can see some of the mine’s equipment located near the canyon’s opening in the image on the right. The 285′…

Mueller Lake

The Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park is made up of stunning glaciated peaks and turquoise blue alpine lakes. This particular lake is known as Mueller Lake and is a highlight along the Hooker Valley Track. The turquoise color of the lake is actually created by the glaciers above. The glaciers slowly grind the rock into a fine…

Upper Cataract

This beautiful oasis is known as Upper Cataract Lake. It can be found deep in the Colorado wilderness. The trailhead is located on a well maintained dirt road relatively close to Silverthorne, Colorado. The hike to the lake is a moderate uphill climb of 5.5 miles. This lake has some of the best back-country camping sites…