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I’m Hana, a free spirit born with the song of the salty ocean in my soul, the magic of the mountains reflected in my eyes, and the whisper of tropical tradewinds in my heart. I’m in love with LIFE, and seeing as much of it as possible! An incorrigible sense of wanderlust has taken me all over this beautiful world, and I’m currently traveling North America living out of a Honda Fit named Skye. I invite you to come follow along!

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A Bryce Canyon Sunrise

Prior to setting out to explore all five of Utah’s national parks, I’d never heard of Bryce Canyon. For some reason it’s one of the lesser “hyped” parks in the state, but it is incredibly unique, with a landscape that brings to mind colorful medieval...

Landing with the Angels

I was tired and feeling a bit raggedy when I pulled into Zion National Park so thought perhaps I’d give my feet a day off, but then I read about Angel’s Landing trail and changed my mind. It is labeled as being “one of the most famous and thrilling hikes in the...

Getting to the Bottom of the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon was on my route map for later in the year when I reached Arizona, but as I studied my atlas one night in snowy Colorado I realized that I would be closer to the canyon when I was in Moab than I would be when I was in Phoenix. So in-between Canyonlands...

Home for the Holidays

I’m cocooned in a cabin in the heart of the Cascades in Washington State, watching oversized flakes fall from the sky and the mountain of snow on the ground work its way up past the windows. It’s a world of white, punctuated only by the green of the evergreens and the...

Through the Coldest States

I looked up at the moon last night as I flew along a snowy Montana highway, and it looked cold. A lonely, haunting shade of cold. I’ve spent the past three days roadtripping through The Coldest States and it has been a sick-fogged, fever-fueled blur of miles -–...

Boondocking Canyonlands

Canyonlands sounds like the name of a playground (…or perhaps the name of a board game with enchanted walkways and gumdrop-studded canyons) – and its subsections, even more so. Island in the Sky?! Yes, please. Although there were no gumdrop-studded canyons to be...

Nuns and Arches in the Desert

Arches was my 7th national park to explore on this round-the-country trek, and its otherworldly landscape and vibrant color palette were so vastly different from the prior six parks that it felt worlds away. It was warm, which meant that it felt worlds away from the...

Locked and Sanded in Moab

Those quaint little Colorado ski towns get wicked cold at night in October, and after I woke up teeth chattering and with horrendous ear pain in 21 degrees in Breckenridge for the second morning in a row, it suddenly occurred to me that I could do something about it –...

Staying Low in the Rockies

Colorado was a fun state because it involved lots of extraordinary people, in addition to perfect fall weather, snowstorms, miles and miles of Rocky Mountain hiking, and building the first snowman of the season. I have quite a few relatives scattered throughout the...

Snow-Chased Through the Tetons

Teeth-chattering, ice-enveloped nights chased me out of Yellowstone, and after one beautiful night high up on a mountain pass in Montana and another night spent defrosting and staying dry during a deluge in Cody, I headed back toward Yellowstone to work my way down to...