Joshua Tree

Located right in Southern California, Joshua Tree National Park is one of my favorite national parks. It has more than 750 species of plants blooming in the Mojave Desert, along with their wealth of trails for hiking, which Ben and I took advantage. We hiked up Ryan Mountain, a moderately easy 3-mile hike that brought us to a gorgeous sunset view.

 

San Diego

In early November, Ben and I traveled to San Diego. It was a belated birthday gift from him and a very special getaway for the both of us. After being 3 months apart, it was amazing to get some alone time with each other and explore somewhere new. Long distance isn’t easy, and I find myself missing him everyday.

We spent the majority of our vacation searching for the best California burritos and carne asada fries in San Diego. Part 2 of our trip is next. We visited Joshua Tree (Ben’s first time)!

US Botanic Garden

These photographs are from my first visit to the US National Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C. It’s surprising to even think that I’ve been living in DC for almost 5 years, and I haven’t been to this big tourist attraction. When you become a local, I think it’s automatic to avoid the tourist attractions, but this is definitely encouraged to see.

You’ll be immersed in a mix of colors and smells, spotting various species of plants from different parts of the world.

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park 

This was my first time in West Virginia and at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. I did two hikes on the Loudoun Heights Trail and through the Appalachian Trail. The Appalachian Trail runs from Georgia through Maine, so kudos to those who have completed the 2,200 mile trek. From my experience on the trails, it was completely peaceful being able to escape the chaos and crowds of the city. It’s incredible how much scenery exists in just an hour from the city.

I’m trying to fit in as many hiking trips I can this spring and summer. One of my biggest goals include hiking the Grand Canyon (fully). I know, I know…As an amateur hiker, I have a lot of training to do. Until then, I got the endless views I plan to seek and enjoy.