The Michigan Road Trip.

After growing up snowmobiling in the Upper Peninsula, roaring through beautifully silent, snow-decked forests and thickly iced lakes and attending the University of Michigan & exploring the Great Lakes, how could I not seize the opportunity to visit again? The most difficult portion of the planning process: condensing the potential stops to our week’s worth of time. Without exaggeration, I could have spent a month hiking and swimming with absolutely no cell reception and been the happiest clam on the planet.

Pictured Rocks, I Love You

The beauty of Lake Superior and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan! Cyan, turquoise, cerulean, teal, sometimes even light violet…just ogling the waves is mesmerizing and peaceful. I love this state and the Great Lakes, their wild, remote beauty and escape from reality.

Go Chasing Waterfalls!

One of the most beautiful day-hikes in Pennsylvania, the Rickett’s Glen Falls Loop has over 20 waterfalls to explore! Who knew this state has so much incredible nature?!

Why Pittsburgh Is Beautiful.

In honor of the Steelers’ first game of the season against the cheating Patriots (y’all can keep Antonio Brown–have a stellar time with that drama snowball), here are some snazzy shots of one of the more underrated cities in America. Before moving here, I imagined soot-streaked steel mills belching smoke into a gray sky. Of…

Munich Day Trips: Hiking the Karwendel

München is one of Germany’s most beautiful cities. From the iconic Marienplatz (dating back to the middle ages!) and various Biergärten to the Englischer Garten and the river surfers, exciting activities abound. Summertime München is a breath of fresh air and an outdoor-lover’s paradise. Cars are a hindrance; bicycle paths are everywhere. The bright crystal…

Beautiful Bryce Canyon

Day II In UTAH Hoodoos, hoodoos, everywhere! Famous for her gorgeous sunsets and sunrises, pinks and reds and oranges gently soaking the sky and warm stones, Bryce Canyon provides an exciting playground any time of year. Easily accessible for most anyone, one can park at Sunset Point; in less than 100 yards, the earth yawns…

Magnificent Zion, Utah

Crisp air fills my lungs and massive beauty fills my eyes as my conflicted brain attempts to also focus on where I am placing my rapidly climbing clumsy feet. The canyon, grasping trees, snaking emerald river and sage green shrubs, with deep iron red rock reaching stoic hands toward the sky…photos never do such places justice. You have to go.

Ciao, Dolomiti!

Grasleitenpass to Tierser Alpl to Schlernhaus! (and 10 reasons why the Dolomites are the best place, ever.) Sadly, our final full day wandering the Dolomites… I wish I could return any summer with a month’s worth of time and great weather on my hands. The eye-exploding views will always be novel, the people along the…

Dancing in the Dolomites

So many incredible views; so much happiness…it’s no wonder visitors from everywhere hike these other-worldly trails. How to journey to the mountains, and the perfect first day’s hike.