My name is Maura. I’m an artist with a hobby in photography, and a huge passion for travel! Experiencing other cultures, meeting new people, tasting different foods, and simply seeing the world is so exciting to me! I especially love being outdoors and hiking, surrounded by beautiful amazing landscapes, so this blog is a focus on places like that. National, State, and Local parks, but also other places I find to be neat and fun to visit as well.
Over the years I’ve accumulated hundreds, well actually, thousands of photographs from traveling here and there, and all they do is sit collecting virtual dust on my hard drive. I truly believe that if we’re given gifts and talents that we shouldn’t hide them or let them go to waste. If you have the opportunity to share them with others or help people in some way then try and do so. So this website and blog is my way of combining 2 loves of mine, art & traveling, and being able to share photos, stories, travel tips, and artwork I create with all of you!
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
My Bucket List:
#1 Visit all the national parks in the US! There are currently 59 of them. Some of them kinda remote lol…but I’m gonna try! National Park List
#2 Go to New Zealand – This has been on my list ever since I started watching Xena and Hercules back in the day, and then when Lord of the Rings came out… I’ve always loved nature and landscapes, and it looks like NZ has it in spades!
#3 Visit all 7 continents – I’ve only been to North America and Europe, so I’ve got a long way to go. I know it’s very expensive, but Antartica is high on my list too.
To be honest, there are SO many places I’d love to see that I’d probably have to travel almost every day of my life to see them all. I’m curious about all countries and cultures, so it’s very hard to break it down. But, #1 on my list is the US national parks, because I first want to see the country I’m from…doesn’t mean I won’t go to others in the meantime though!
US National Parks I’ve been to so far are:
- Acadia, Maine
- Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee/North Carolina
- Grand Canyon, Arizona
- Mesa Verde, Colorado
- Arches, Utah
- Canyonlands, Utah
- Capitol Reef, Utah
- Bryce Canyon, Utah
- Zion, Utah
- Glacier, Montana
Canadian National Parks:
- Banff, Alberta
- Jasper, Alberta
- Yoho, British Columbia
- Kootenay, British Columbia
- Glacier, British Columbia
- Mount Revelstoke, British Columbia
Other cool places I’ve been to:
- Four Corners Monument (Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado)
- Monument Valley, UT
- Valley of Fire State Park, NV
- Carpathian Mountains, Romania
- Black Sea coast, Romania
- Dracula’s Castle (aka Castle Bran), Romania
- New York City
- Disney World! 😀
- Beautiful State parks in Pennsylvania!