Toadstool hoodoos

When I visited the Toadstool Hoodoos in Utah, I discovered that it was one of the few places that has the ability to bring out the adventurous little 8-year old in me! I spent hours exploring the area and climbing all over the sand formations on my hands and knees. And by the time I left, I found out there was a whole other side of the vast, stone “mushroom farm” that I hadn’t even gotten to! So if you visit these sculptures, make sure you have more than enough time to get through everything.

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Kayaking adventure

If you have never been, visit Lake Powell and go kayaking!! Even though my arms were sore for days afterward, it was completely worth it and an awesome experience. We went with a tour guide, so he took us to all the best spots where we could sit and relax or go swimming in the cool water. We even went cliff jumping and I surprised myself by participating!! (I never EVER thought I would go cliff jumping because those kinds of things terrify me.) Lake Powell is beautiful and from each side, you get to see a completely different perspective. Can you spot the rainbow in one of the pictures below??

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Capitol reef

Capitol Reef National Park may not be exactly what you think, based on the name (ironically, it doesn’t have any reefs). The park is actually named after its dome-shaped rock formations resembling the capitol building of the US, and its never-ending cliffs that created a barrier for early travelers. These pictures don’t do justice in showing off the majestic cliffs that are made of Navajo sandstone, but they still offer a glimpse of the beautiful variations of colors in the cliffs.

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Breathtaking Bryce…on horseback

One of my favorite vacation activities to do is horseback riding because horses have always fascinated me and I love being around them. And when you combine horseback riding with great scenery and nature, I am an even happier person. I was lucky enough to have the chance to go horseback riding in Bryce Canyon through the hills on a steep and rugged pathway. The pine trees, uniquely shaped rocks, and pink and orange sandstone are what make Bryce Canyon stand out from other nature parks.

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1992 rainbow fire

Back in 1992 a massive fire called the Rainbow Fire, started by a lightning strike, destroyed Inyo National Forest. To this day, you can still see the remains of the fire. The forest has an eerily quiet and calm landscape, with thousands of burned trees lining the area.

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Devil’s Postpile
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Tree remains
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More tree remains
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Rainbow Falls
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Even more burned trees…
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Despite the barren landscape, there is still lots of colorful vegetation

Tufa towers

If you’ve ever been to Mono Lake in mid eastern California, you’ll know that it’s a strangely quiet place with very calming vibes. Because it’s a salt water lake, there isn’t much wildlife that moves around in the water. You can spend hours exploring and climbing on the tufa towers, which are weirdly shaped rock formations made of limestone.

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