On Driving Cross-Country — Three Times


At the beginning of the summer, I knew embarrassingly little about my own country. I’d traveled more in Europe and Asia than I had in the United States, and I’ll freely admit that most places between the East and West coasts made up one big blob in my mind. Then I had to drive across […]

Discovering Moab & Arches National Park


Another fun perk of the summer: I made progress on several of my to-do list items! On one of my two cross-country drives so far (there’s a third coming in November), I was able to spend some time in Moab, Utah and hike in Arches National Park. Y’all, did you know how incredible our national […]

Summer Camp, SLC Style


I have a blog, apparently. I kinda lost some motivation (and time) to keep up with Here&Afar this summer. It is now in my job description to live out of a suitcase, and while it may not sound as exciting as three months of facing the unknown in Asia, I have had a lot of […]

Beach Bum to Ski Bum: Exploring Utah


For 25 years, I have been adamantly opposed to winter. I grew up within spitting distance of one tidal river or another, we rarely vacationed anywhere that wasn’t the beach, and I spent nine months of the year barefoot in a bathing suit. Nothing about being cold or bundled up has ever appealed to me. […]