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When the text came in from Drew while I was in a meeting, "Houston, we have a problem," it somehow didn't bring a wash of grief and stress over me. I wrapped up my call, went inside and expected the worst - which was accurate. He had lost his passport. We were just hours from heading to the airport for our long awaited trip to Canada - something I've been building up and preparing for, for MONTHS! You'd think I'd be devastated, I simply wasn't. We still have 10 days of PTO ahead of us, why would I spend time sulking about it when we could just plan a domestic trip that is just as epic. It took us less than 15 minutes to decide we'd head for Olympic National Park.
I pulled up and began plotting our path, after the first 1500 miles racked up I was definitely concerned - could my car handle something like this? Here's hoping it does!
Below you'll find our "plans" for the trip outlined. We'll see if we stick to it, a…


Fantastic desert backpacking trip in Canyonlands National Park with views for days. The trail to Murphy Loop begins in Island in the Sky in Canyonlands. Most hikers start from the top and work their way down to White Rim Road, however, you can drive and start from the other end. Here we will discuss the trail from the top with the optional detour to Murphy Point.  The first few miles of the hike are very easy, mostly flat land with low brush makes for an easy trek. The hard part comes when navigating down the narrow trail that drops about 1600ft to the bottom of the canyon. It's important you watch where you step here. The great thing - all of this trail is a backpacking zone, meaning, if you decide traversing down the side of a cliff with a 40lb pack is a bit scary - you can set up camp at top. We decided to set up in a deep part of the cliffside as we saw a snow/sleet storm head our way. It honestly made for some incredible views!  When you eventually make your way down, you…


When we got to the city of Gothic, CO we were very turned around. We thought we were headed for Aspen, but the map led us here. We got out and spoke with the locals to find the trail, many of them warned us of its difficulty and urged us not to attempt it. We decided we didn't want to drive 3.5 hours back to Aspen, so we pursued it. The beginning of the hike was seriously so gorgeous, I was brimming with joy and excitement. It was gorgeous. Bright flowers lined the path and the big maroon peaks were beckoning.
This feeling of joy would soon wash away as we began climbing up, up and up after passing Judd Falls. The intense incline was honestly something I wasn't prepared for and most importantly, was not in all the right shape for. I was geared up for a tough 16 mile hike and didn't know I was signing up for an even tougher 23 mile hike. Yikes. I simply could not keep up. It sucked. Like, it sucked a LOT. At one point I think my friends were a good full mile ahead of me. G…

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