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January 27, 2018

Shane and I visited so many beautiful places on our trip, but one of my all-time favorites was Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California.  The park is beyond beautiful, which is certainly part of its appeal, but I felt drawn to it in a way that was hard to explain.  We had planned to stay for just a few days, but I suggested "one more day" at least twice, and I was glad when Shane agreed.  We spent en...

November 20, 2017

Growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, I never realized how diverse the desert really is.  I pictured it being quite flat, with a few sandy hills, vast, and very desolate.  As it turns out, this oversimplifies the landscape (you could have told me otherwise - some of you probably did - but I wouldn't have believed it until I'd seen for myself! Sorry, Mickey!).  But maybe my fellow non-desert-dwellers will take my word that...

November 19, 2017

One of my favorite parts of our trip has been the wildlife, and we've seen plenty of interesting creatures on the west coast!  Here are some of my favorites.

The award for the strangest animal goes to ... this banana slug!  In case you were wondering, his eye stalks DO retract. 

This was a close second though:

Here's the most playful animal we saw:

Sea lion or seal?  I have no idea.  They were so fun to watch though...

November 19, 2017

Hello from Fresno, CA!  I was shocked recently to realize that I haven't written since Jasper National Park (okay, I realized this like two weeks ago and then STILL didn't post anything - I'm the worst!), but better late than never, right? :)

One reason for the delay is that Shane and I took a week long road trip hiatus to fly to Disney World, where we met up with Shane's family.  We had a ton of fun hanging out with...

October 14, 2017

Hello from Jasper National Park!  Shane and I have officially been on the road for five weeks, and we've been lucky to experience some truly incredible moments.  Some were planned, while others just sort of happened to us - and we are so glad they did!  Here is my retrospective bucket list for a road trip through Canada and the United States. 

1. Enjoy the Wildlife

Okay, this was one of my intentions going into th...

October 3, 2017

1.  Enter a known grizzly area at dawn or dusk, preferably alone. 

2.  Keep your bear spray in your backpack, where it is difficult to reach in an emergency.  Better yet, don't bring any.

3.  Find signs of a bear in the area, such as bear scat, overturned rocks, or dug-up dirt.  Then, lather yourself in peanut butter and wait. 

4.  Hike as quietly as possible, especially when turning blind corners.  Bears love...

September 30, 2017

If you've ever taken a trip with close friends or a significant other, you've probably discovered that traveling can test even the strongest relationships.  This is especially true when traveling on a budget, since you may be sacrificing a bit of sleep and comfort in order to make your trip a reality. 

A few years ago, three close friends and I studied abroad at Oxford and took a trip to Paris and Munich together during a...

September 15, 2017

Hello from the Dead River Coffee Shop in Marquette, Michigan!  Shane and I are enjoying some coffee and WiFi while we upload photos, update the blog, and plan our next move.  We've had an eventful first week, and I'm excited to share it with you.  I also love lists, so here we go!

Places visited

  • Niagara Falls

  • Georgian Bay Islands (national park in Canada consisting of islands!)

  • Sault Ste. Marie State Fore...

September 8, 2017

On the way home from Robbinsville, NC, we decided to brave the Tail of the Dragon, a mountain pass bordering the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The drive, popular among motorcyclists, consists of 318 heart-stopping curves over a stretch of 11 scenic miles.  We were ready to put our Rav4 to the test!

But first, supplies:

 The Tree of Shame: a tribute to the less fortunate dragon riders

Since Shane and I were trave...

August 18, 2017

Shane and I kicked off our adventures with a mini road trip to North Carolina to see the solar eclipse.  After 14 long hours and some dark and winding roads, we made it to this charming Bed and Breakfast that allowed us to pitch a tent in their backyard:

We loved our stay at Creekside Paradise!  The owners, Cynthia and Jeff, hosted an eclipse party for us complete with snacks, mimosas, and sun-viewing equipment....

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When Muggles Camp is a personal, travel-oriented blog.  Content includes but is not limited to random anecdotes, travel advice, and amateur but enthusiastically taken photos of our adventures.



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