The Darling Nomadess

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Utah's Mighty Five: Zion National Park

What I love about our USA national parks, is that each of them is different in their own regard. Some are in the high desert, some are forests, and others may be made up of multiple waterways. Zion National Park doesn't disappoint with it's narrow slot canyons, steep cliffs, and brilliant pink and red colors contrasted by a unique array of brilliant green plants and flora. Hiking in Zion National Park can be summed up in one word: epic.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Pineapple Raspberry Banana Smoothie Recipe

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Since moving to Colorado, one of the healthiest states in the USA, my eating habits, err, sugar cravings, have been magnified. Over the winter I started to make simple changes to my diet such as reaching for a piece of fruit instead of chocolate when the cravings come in tough ( know, ladies...). It's too bad Mother Nature can't bring some fresh baked cookies with her when she visits. Wouldn't that be nice?

Lately, I've found that I'm naturally looking for lighter treats instead of heavy baked goods so I've been juicing and making lots of smoothies, particularly this pineapple raspberry banana smoothie. Who doesn't love a tropical drink served in a pineapple? 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Magnificent Transformation

Do you ever feel like you take two steps forward, then a huge step backwards in life? I feel like I go through these seasons frequently. Throughout college, the summer and fall semesters would be my time to shine - my grades were great during these semesters, my health was on par, and my social life and personal development flourished. Then would come winter and the spring semester - my grades would always plummet, life would be out of balance, and let's not even talk about my health, let alone my emotional health during this season! 

These seasons of growth and regression, I've found, show themselves outside of college, too. This spring season has been particularly difficult for me. The hotel I work for closed for construction and I was still employed, which is nice of my employer to keep me around. Except the work wasn't challenging. I sat in the office during my 8 hour shift and answered the phone when it rang. If it rang. I kept busy with mundane tasks. This type of work drains me in more ways than one and it started reflecting in the way I viewed myself and my place in this crazy world. Who am I? Why am I even in I even really want to be here? 

Monday, June 13, 2016

Utah's Mighty Five: Canyonlands National Park

After a long day of hiking and camping in Arches National Park,  we set out to visit Moab, Utah's second park - Canyonlands National Park. Since we were exhausted from Arches (our hiking stamina wasn't quite as good back in April as it is now), we decided to drive the scenic route and take as many of the scenic stops possible. Since Moab isn't too far away from Vail, we're hoping to return in the fall to hike Canyonlands!