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Welcome to My travel blog!


Hi, I'm RJ - The Mormon Adventurista!


Sporting my pretzel necklace in Krakow, Poland


Born and raised at the base of the Foothills in Southern California, I never had a desire to travel: I lived in an area where I had the beach, mountains, desert, and different cultures all within a short drive from my front door and my best friends were from all over the world. I never knew what it was like to live out of a backpack, race through an airport in a distant country trying to make a connection, or even handle foreign currency. 


But, as in life, things change.


In 2009, I traded in the sunny Foothills of Southern California for the mighty, snow-capped Wasatch Range in Salt Lake City, Utah, and haven't looked back! I currently work full-time at the University of Utah, am a Cub Scout Den Leader, and still manage to make traveling a priority. 


"This Is The Place" in Salt Lake City with my scouts


Whether it's gallivanting across the globe or discovering the treasures in my own backyard, you'll find me on the lookout for my next adventure. 


Sunrise atop the Haleakala Crater, Hawaii



So...when did I get bitten by the travel bug?

When I moved to Utah, I spent a bunch of time with my coworker (seriously - we stood/sat 5 feet away from each other for 8 hours/day, 5 days/week). A natural-born traveler, she was always talking about her adventures, her hopes of working for the Peace Corps, and her dreams of world travel. She was ALWAYS encouraging me to try new things, get out of my comfort zone, and experience life.


Well, after a short period of time, I booked a trip with 2 girlfriends, took off for New Orleans, and my life changed forever. The travel bug got me. From that moment on, it took little to get me to fly to a destination wedding, drive through the desert in search of aliens, and even study abroad in Germany...all around my 30th year!


Pit stop along the Extraterrestrial Highway, Nevada


For years I thought I was too old to start traveling, didn't possess the "right" body-type for perfect pictures, and didn't have enough money. Boo to all of those negative thoughts. It took a little self-exploration before I realized that:

  1. I'm not the only one who has had those thoughts before.
  2. Who cares what other people think?
  3. I'm awesome.


What you can expect from this blog...

Since I'm still working the M-F grind, I'm committed to exploring my backyard and becoming the resident expert for traveling to Salt Lake City, Utah. A bulk of my posts will be highlighting my adopted hometown. You DEFINITELY won't find posts about where to score the "best cocktail" or the "best nightclubs". That's just not my style.


Causing some ruckus at Blackbeard's Castle, St. Thomas, USVI


Every post will be FREE of foul-language, they won't make my mother blush, and are written in a way that even my Cub Scouts could read, without having to censor anything or delete pictures. 


What you will find are stories of my travel experiences, my tips for a few places that are near and dear to my heart. I don't have a professional photographer following me around, so enjoy my amateur photos, shot with mostly my iPhone 6 and GoPro4. Learn from my experiences and, if you'd like, use them as a guide for your future endeavors!


Ready to take on Teton National Park, Wyoming



I am a Mormon. I am an amateur chef. I am a big-smiling-don't-like-taking-normal-pictures-of-myself adventurista. This is a travel blog where I will share my travel experiences. I will not be using this as a platform to preach ANY form of religion. All of my opinions expressed here are just that: MY OPINIONS. I do not speak for anyone or any group. Should you choose to be offended by my blog, please feel free to stop reading and go about your life in the manner you see fit, no hard feelings. If you have questions, I'd be happy to put you in contact with a couple of young men that would be more than excited to chat!

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