Minneapolis has one of the best park systems in the nation, and the 53 foot Minnehaha Falls at the center of Minnehaha Park was the perfect outdoor excursion during our trip to the city. The falls will freeze over in cold weather creating a dramatic ice cave to explore, which makes it even cooler to visit in the winter!
One of the most popular trails from our trip, Lower Calf Creek Falls is well worth braving the crowds to enjoy a 120ft. waterfall in the middle of the desert. Bring the hammock and a hat, and go early or on a weekday for maximum enjoyment :)
During our south west road trip across 4 states, we decided to make a pit stop here at Pioneer Park and check out the supposed slot canyon right in the city of St. George, Utah. It turned out to be the narrowest slot canyon I've been in, and if you're passing through, this might be a fun stop for you to include.. but not for the claustrophobic!
Possibly not even considered a hike, the picturesque and world-renown Antelope Canyon is more of a place to check off your to-visit list. It was difficult to fully enjoy the beauty of the canyon while being corralled through an extremely crowded and loud slot canyon with everyone trying to take photos.
Coral Pink Sand Dunes is a small state park off the beaten path that is worth staying a night, or more if you have any dune toys like buggies, motor bikes, or ATVs. The campground had the nicest facilities of any park I've stayed at, and the pink dunes were impressive to see in the middle of the desert.
For two weeks, we scuba dove, spear fished, hiked in the jungle, water rafted through a canyon, and met some amazing people along the way. The Fijian people are so kind and so happy, it was such a refreshing change from life in the US. If you ever get the chance to visit Fiji, be sure to get scuba certified so you can dive with the bull sharks and see the world renown soft corals.