Author: Marissa Leonard

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How Do I Spend a Day In Yosemite?

Are you tight on time and have just one day to spend at Yosemite? If you’ve never been to Yosemite National Park before, it can be hard to know where to start. It’s a big park with a lot to see. Most of the famous attractions you probably associate with […]

What Are the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace?

Created by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, the Seven Principles are a guideline for minimizing our impact on nature when we’re hiking, camping, or just exploring. It goes beyond the simple mantra of “take only pictures, leave only footprints.” The act of leaving no trace extends to […]

Is Hiking Half Dome Dangerous?

Half Dome is one of the most iconic hikes in Yosemite National Park. Thousands of people hike to the summit every summer, and it’s a popular hike for a reason. Half Dome is quite unlike anything else in the world. When I lived next to Curry Village, I was lucky […]

Can You Swim At Yosemite?

Yosemite National Park is known for its stunning waterfalls, fed by snow melt from the high peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. You may have seen the water crashing down from heights of over 2,000 feet at Yosemite Falls, or maybe you’ve done the iconic Mist Trail to Vernal […]

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Vail’s 10 Best Winter Activities For Families

Bringing your family to Vail in the winter is a one-of-a-kind Rocky Mountain experience. From its world-class skiing to its events and activities, you’ll surely have a vacation packed full of good mountain fun. There’s always something going on in Vail. Vail prides itself on being a family resort, so […]