I grew up in Pinetop, Arizona, where I was never too far away from an adventurous mountain trail I could run or a lake to fish. I think it’s my hometown that has given me such a love for the outdoors. Since moving to Tucson for college, I have really grown to appreciate all the different types of scenery and terrain in Arizona. There’s nothing I like more than researching a new trail to hike on the weekend and get away from the hustle and bustle of college life.
Aside from exploring the outdoors, I also enjoy music and running. I spend hours upon hours discovering new artists on Spotify and seeing if they’ll be touring in a city close to me. I’ve also played the violin since fourth grade and guitar since high school. When I’m not playing or listening to music, I’ll probably be out training for an upcoming half marathon. I got injured the last time I was in training and am hoping that doesn’t happen this time around!
I’m looking forward to being able to grow as a writer, adventurer, and a person through interning with Experience Arizona. Through my work, I hope you’ll feel as though you are there with my on my adventures!
Shannon's Adventures with Experience Arizona
Sabino Canyon Opens Thai Restaurant as Main Attraction
In order to create a safety net from possible budget cuts parks are facing, Sabino Canyon decided to open a Thai restaurant to lure more visitors down to the falls. The opening day saw over 100,000 visitors and more than 7,000 accidents from the high volume of people.
Spring Breaking and Making Memories in Antelope Canyon
Page, Arizona might not be every college student’s destination for spring break, but this year it was mine. Ditching the beach to spend time with my family exploring Antelope Canyon seemed like a risky decision. Page wasn’t much to see and I questioned if a seaside view would have been more enjoyable than what I signed up for. Did Antelope Canyon outshine a typical spring break with salty air and a warm beach?
A Boot Kickin’ Good Time
After an exciting day at the Tucson rodeo, people headed over to the Coor’s Barn Yard Dance to celebrate the rodeo’s 90th anniversary. Live music, line dancing, and food created a lively and energizing atmosphere for people of all ages to enjoy. Here’s a short video capturing the entertaining celebration.
Preserving Kartchner Caverns State Park
Kartchner Caverns State Park is the largest living cave in Arizona. With such a remarkable place open to the public, I wanted to discover how they are able to preserve this underground world from deterioration.
Bridal Wreath Falls
It’s easy to overlook the Rincon Mountains and not give a second thought to what could be hidden in them. I decided to take advantage of this natural beauty and discover what it has to offer, which led me to hike Bridal Wreath Falls. This moderate day hike led me back through the mountains to a cool grotto with water streaming off the cliffs.
Bridal Wreath Falls Feature Story ...