Zion & Bryce Canyon

Zion and Bryce Canyon National Park The red rocks of Bryce Canyon National Park. Photo provided by alltrails.com. There are a few places on earth that must be experienced because a description or story told doesn’t do it justice. Both Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon are a ‘must experience’ adventure.    Zion National Park offers sweeping landscapes of […]


Michigan Carlyn’s trying to look tall. Michigan offers some of the most majestic hiking in the Midwest. From the UP (upper peninsula) and the trails of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore down to the southwest area, we love exploring our neighbor to the east. Warren Woods offers a beautiful hike that showcases outstanding bird watching, wildlife, and the Galien […]


Indiana A small building sitting along the Bailley Homestead. Most people enjoy spending time at the Indiana Dunes. However, we found a hidden gem just across from The Dunes.    The Bailley Homestead, Chellberg Farm, Little Calumet River Trail offers both short and long trail options. Walk around the farm and take pictures of the old […]


Illinois A waterfall at Starved Rock. Photo provided by alltrails.com. Illinois is home to one of the most beautiful state parks in the Midwest.  Starved Rock winds ups the Illinois river and offers breathtaking views, waterfalls, and bald eagles. The park provides adventure year-round. Winter hiking usually produces multiple bald eagle sightings as they hunt on […]


Wisconsin The Ice Age Trail at Scuppernog Spring Nature Trail. Photo provided by alltrails.com. Wisconsin has much more to offer than brats, beer, and cheese. Although we are big fans of the Mars Cheese Castle. Currently, we are taking hikers out on the Ice Age Trail. Our favorite right now is Scuppernog Spring Nature Trail. This […]

Close Encounters of the Bighorn Sheep Kind

Close Encounters of the Bighorn Sheep Kind A bighorn sheep grazing in a pasture. As you get to know me, you’ll learn that I love to tell a good story. One of my personal faves is of the Bighorn sheep of Zion National Park (Utah). If this hadn’t happened to me, personally, I might not […]

Mexican Jungle: Portal to my 7-year-old self

Mexican Jungle – Portal to my 7-year-old self Carlyn having the time of her life on an ATV. I am here to tell y’all if you want to set your inner Wildling free, you need to get yourself on an ATV and ride through the mud in a jungle. Trust.  This is the origin story […]

Broken Foot Boot Biking

Broken Foot Boot Biking When Carlyn broke her foot, she strapped her boot to her bike so she could still join the ride! Y’all know that I love hiking, but road biking is my go-to cardio workout.  I’ve been biking in and around Chicago for over a decade, but avoid mountain biking because I like […]