It’s that time of year when half of America makes its pilgrimage to Disneyland. After days of standing in lines, tripping over strollers, and buying tickets in the three figures; anyone can use a day off. Here are five free, family-friendly day trips within a short drive of Disneyland. Continue reading “5 FREE Family-Friendly Activities Near Disneyland”
In ONE AMONG THEM (available on Amazon), Keenley Dawson escapes her captor only to find herself lost and alone in the rugged wilderness. In celebration of the book launch, I am giving away three prizes Keenley could’ve used to help survive her ordeal: Smartwool Socks, a Petzl Tikkina Headlamp, or an Ultimate Survival Technology Blanket.
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Available October 26 on Amazon
The town of Lost Gorge, hidden and protected from the world by the Rockies, hides some secrets of its own. When Keenley Dawson never returns home from mountain biking, the town unites to find her. Most everyone assumes she’s lost on the rugged trails or hurt.
She is lost and hurt, but it was no accident.
Download the first three chapters: One Among Them Sample.
In the far southeast corner of Utah, and I mean far, lies this gem of a museum. Built in the city of Blanding, the park sits on the site of an ancient pueblo settlement. The museum contains a large collection of ancient artifacts and outside are a few pueblos. One of which has a ladder leading into a 1,000-year-old kiva.
My nephews stumbled on a way to combine their two favorite hobbies: skiing and horseback riding. What they didn’t know is that this hybrid sport has a name. Skijoring is Norwegian for “ski driving” and has been around a while—although no one is sure how long. Variations include getting pulled by a dog (or more likely a team) or a machine. Competitions exist wherever snow is deep enough to hold them, including the championships in Whitefish, Montana.
In the vicinity of Los Angles lies Griffith Park, one of the largest urban parks in the country. Its 4,700 acres is home to an observatory, museum, zoo, several hiking trails, and the iconic Hollywood sign. But the most peculiar part is the abandoned zoo, a photographer’s dream. The zoo opened in 1912 but was abandoned in the 60s in favor of a new home a few miles away. Continue reading “Crawling through the Abandoned Zoo in Griffith Park”
Here’s a list of my top five favorite places to hike in southern Utah, chosen based on trails that are less crowded and off the beaten path. Two are from the Grand Staircase-Escalante Region, an area of more than two million acres with only one maintained trail. Spring and fall is the perfect time to check out southern Utah before the heat becomes unbearable. Click on the links to learn more.
Little Wild Horse Canyon and Bell Canyon are two of the most stunning and easily accessible slot canyons. The trailhead to both is located a few miles west of Goblin Valley State Park, which is north of Hanksville, Utah. Continue reading “Little Wild Horse Canyon/Bell Canyon”
There’s parks you go to for a peaceful commune with nature; this is not one of those. This is a park you go to for a bitchin’ good time. Acres of red sand dunes make for a wild adventure of your choice. If you’re like some of my family, there’s plenty of crazy hills to dare each other higher up. If you’re like me, there’s plenty of low rolling hills to speed over and attempt to look cool. Continue reading “Sand Hollow State Park”