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Anne Sutkowi-Hemstreet
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Kauai Adventures
Before I share our adventures on this beautiful island of Kauai, I want to say that our goal for this vacation was relaxation. Unlike our typical vacations, after which we need a vacation from our vacation, this one was meant to rejuvenate us. However, we s...

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Cycling on Lopez Island
Bike Ride: Lopez Island Loop Ride Difficulty: Moderate  Ride Distance (Round Trip): 22.5 miles biking, plus whatever hiking at each park Time:  We took about 6 hours with lots of time for lunching and swimming and exploring Elevation Change: 820 feet total ...

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Marin Headlands Wildflowers Hike at Muir Beach
Hike: Coastal Trail/Green Gulch Trail Loop from Muir Beach Hike Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous (lots of climbing) Hike Distance: A little over 5 miles or almost 7 miles (this depends on whether you cut over on Coastal Fire Road or Tennessee Valley Trail)...

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Fairyland Loop at Bryce Canyon National Park
Hike:  Fairyland Loop  Hike Difficulty:  Moderate/Strenuous Hike Distance:  8 miles Time (Round Trip):  4-5 hours Elevation (Min/Max):  7163ft/8152ft Elevation Change:  2309ft climbing and 2309ft descending If you can only do one hike at Bryce Canyon, I thi...

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Sky-Bear Valley Loop at Point Reyes National Seashore
Hike: Sky-Bear Valley Loop Hike Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult (only due to distance) Hike Distance (Round Trip): 10.5 miles Time (Round Trip): 4-5 hours Back in July (yes, I am very behind on updating the blog with all our summer adventures!), we spent ...

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Figure 8 Loop (Queens Garden, Peek-A-Boo, and Navajo Trails) at Bryce Canyon National Park
Hike: Queens Garden/Peek-A-Boo/Navajo (Figure 8) Loop Hike Difficulty:  Strenuous Hike Distance (Round Trip): 6.5 miles Elevation Change: 3570 feet total gain; 3574 feet total loss (starting at about 8,000 feet) If you are in Bryce Canyon for one day and wa...

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Utah's Scenic Byways 24 and 12
A couple weeks before heading out on our cross country road trip, we realized we would most likely end up in Bryce Canyon National Park on a Saturday afternoon/evening. I knew how quickly first-come/first-serve national park campgrounds fill up, so I decide...

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Mesa Arch and Neck Spring Trail at Canyonlands National Park
Hike: Mesa Arch (see Neck Spring Trail details below) Hike Difficulty: Easy Hike Distance (Round Trip): .5 miles Time (Round Trip):  30 minutes - 1 hour (with plenty of time for enjoying the view) We woke up at 4:30am on our second morning in Moab. (We were...

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Devils Garden Primitive Loop at Arches National Park
Hike: Devils Garden Primitive Loop at Arches National Park Hike Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous (sand and slick rock, not necessarily elevation gain) Hike Distance (Round Trip):  7.2 - 8.1 miles (different websites report different distances; including al...

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United States Cross Country Road Trip - From the Dirty South to the Best (West) Coast
On June 8, Ally and I closed the door on the North Carolina chapter of our lives and embarked on a spectacular cross country adventure. North Carolina was good to us and we will miss it and the friends we made there. Thankfully, a couple of those friends ta...
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