Since starting my #100by100 quest over 2 years ago, I often thought about where I would celebrate the Centennial. Yosemite is iconic. Maybe I should hike Half Dome? Most people don’t get out to American Samoa enough. Maybe I should book a flight? If it’s too expensive, how about Hawaii? […]

Party Like It’s 1916: NPS Centennial Celebration

On the eve of my birthday in March 2014 I was contemplating a visit to Antietam National Battlefield. But laying on the couch sounded pretty good too. Did I need to go on a hike? Antietam isn’t going anywhere. Can’t I just go another time? As I lay in bed […]

#100by100: Challenge Accepted. Challenge Completed.

If you’re an avid reader of The Road Lots Traveled you may remember meeting JUCY in Utah Roadtrip: Part 1. JUCY was our camper-minivan that we picked up in Las Vegas. All the fun of RVing without the clearance restrictions or the anxiousness that comes with driving a big rig. […]

Utah Roadtrip: Meet JUCY

Zion. A land devoted to God. Utopia. To be honest, I hadn’t thought much about Zion. It was the last park at the end of a whirlwind roadtrip. And now the final morning was here. Our day didn’t start as we planned. We partnered with Zion RV & Campground for this journey […]

Utah Roadtrip: Zion National Park

Nothing can prepare you for a visit to Bryce Canyon National Park. Its scenery is unlike anything you can experience elsewhere on earth. Yet it is incredibly accessible as it is less than four hours from Las Vegas and 90 minutes from its park cousin, Zion National Park. Just outside of […]

Utah Road Trip: Bryce Canyon

Though technically managed by the Bureau of Land Management and not the National Park Service, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument was on my list of places to visit in Utah. Although I’m sure all of its nearly 2 million acres are beautiful, I was there for one site in particular: Grosvenor […]

Utah Roadtrip: Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument

Capitol Reef National Park. That must be somewhere in Hawaii. Or maybe Guam? Or American Samoa? Or at least somewhere off the coast of California? Right? That’s what I thought too, but no. Capitol Reef National Park is in Utah. A reef in the desert. Capitol Reef gets in name […]

Utah Roadtrip: Capitol Reef

If you follow me on social media (@valeriedperry on everything) you probably saw that I was hanging out at Playlist Live in Orlando, Florida a couple weeks ago. While a trip to Florida typically means time with my sister and some other friends, this trip had the bonus of also […]

Thanks National Park Foundation!

I knew very little about Canyonlands National Park before this trip. I only knew that it was home to what is probably Utah’s most famous arch outside of Arches National Park: Mesa Arch And I assumed it had a canyon. You know, because it was called Canyonlands. I was expecting […]

Utah Roadtrip: Canyonlands National Park

Stop #6: Arches National Park The park I was most excited to see in Utah was the one we visited first. There is something majestic and magical about natural arches. We began the day with a glimpse of Delicate Arch in the distance. I said that I wanted to hike […]

Utah Roadtrip: Arches National Park

A Camper Minivan? I was intrigued when I saw it in an email from Groupon. I’d always wanted to go RVing, but didn’t want to drive a big rig around. But I’d driven a minivan before; this I could handle. Ultimately the Groupon deal dates didn’t work for me, but […]

Utah Roadtrip Part 1

I’m a country girl. That should be no surprise to you as most of this blog is filled with hiking and other outdoorsy expeditions. Two years ago I took a job in Washington, DC but ultimately decided to live in the suburbs so I could be either downtown or in […]

My Urban Staycation