The Peak: Hiking, Living, and Learning

Spring in Utah is unpredictable. The morning may dawn bright and clear, the afternoon can be warm and inviting, and by nightfall you have an inch of snow. It's not uncommon to have temperature changes ranging 50 degrees in a 24 hour period, but that's all to be expected in the mountains. The locals here … Continue reading The Peak: Hiking, Living, and Learning

Hallmark Town

I have a weird love for Spanish Fork, Utah. Not for the main part where highway 6 runs through, but for the Southern and Western half of town: away from the developing city. That part I love is Spanish Fork Main Street. For years, I couldn't put my finger on what attracted me to this … Continue reading Hallmark Town


Writing Challenge: Nov 2, 2018 Prompt Inspiration: Write about your city as if it were a person. If Provo were a person, it would be the kinky-closeted Mormon. The matching sweater, straight-laced, caffeine-free, church-going pioneer stock who drinks alcohol, pops opioids, and engages in extra-marital affairs behind closed doors. Their lawn may be green in … Continue reading Provo

Bluff Utah

Writing Challenge: April 3, 2018 Prompt: Write about a trip you want to take this year. I’d like to go down to the cliff-dwellings in Bluff. Some friends and I had planned to go last year, but we never formalized our plans. I am a history nerd and a hiker. I love to learn and … Continue reading Bluff Utah

Climb Mountains

writing challenge: Dec 18, 2017 Prompt: Find a motivational poster online and write something inspired by it. poster: Climb mountains not so the world can see you, but so you can see the world. In the Valley everyone seems to be enchanted by Mt. Timpanogos. It is a lumbering form with several well-known trails and … Continue reading Climb Mountains

The Tale of Two New Years: New Years at the Border Inn

My boyfriend has an interesting habit of planning activities for the group regardless of our interest. This maybe movies we aren’t particularly keen to watch or food we aren’t in the mood to try. To his credit- all of his proposals turn into a good time. For this reason, we jumped on his proposal to … Continue reading The Tale of Two New Years: New Years at the Border Inn

Family Tradition

"BOOOOORN TO BE WIIIILD...!" Three young voices shouted the lyrics as loud and unflatteringly as possible rattling the rolled down windows as the old truck flew down the desert highway. The nineteen year old driver plunged forward into the canyon's nearly deserted road, drifting around a sharp corner spraying dust and gravel over the road's … Continue reading Family Tradition

Rock Canyon at Sunset

*Photo taken by me: October 8, 2017* The Rocky Mountains are young, rough and wild. The way the stone jut out of the ground, violently and forcefully, takes the breath away. At sunset in Utah Valley, the last rays of the westward sun lights up the rocky surface, painting the uneven facades bright gold. This, … Continue reading Rock Canyon at Sunset


Writing Challenge: June 10, 2017 Prompt: Write about going green, or an environmental concern you have. In winter the air in Utah is the worst in the Nation. The air problem is not as noticeable in the summer, when the hot weather seems to burn away all smog that threatens to smudge the beautiful blue … Continue reading Mal-Air

Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse: 2017 I have never seen the lawn so full. Groups of friends and entire families are sprawled across the grass starting into the sun through paper sun-filtering glasses. The sky was clear and blue. There was not a cloud to be seen. It was hot and bright: as it usually is in late … Continue reading Solar Eclipse