Blogger Shoutout: Jody Rookstool

Good morning, all!

Earlier this week, I was organizing my office/craft room. I was sorting through old pictures when I came across my vacation pictures from last summer.  The vacation consisted of a road trip visiting the western half of the United States. My boyfriend and I traveled through the Dakotas where we visited the Badlands, stopped at Mount Rushmore, saw the Grand Canyon in Arizona, went through New Mexico and took a detour through Utah. I was mostly excited to see the Grand Canyon, but what really threw me for a loop was the beauty in some of the “driving through” states. In particular, I was especially inspired by the breathtaking beauty of Utah. Here, we visited Arches National Park, which was hands down one of the coolest places I have ever been to in my whole life!

It was fun to look at my old pictures and reminisce about that incredible trip. I relived my thoughts, excitement, and emotion from when we visited a few national parks, camped, hiked, and just explored the beautiful land around us. I have found throughout my travels that experience always triumphs materialistic things, and I wouldn’t trade my memories for a lifetime. My pictures are the memories that I hold so dearly to my heart, and remind me of the true meaning of life: experiencing new opportunities with those that I love.

A few days ago, I came across a particular blog that is dedicated to traveling and experiencing outdoor life in Utah. This blog really struck a chord with me; not only is it perfect for travel lovers like myself, but it uncovers some of the beauty of the land that I once set my feet on. Today, I would like to share with you Jody Rookstool’s website. When I came across Jody’s blog, I felt like I took a trip down memory lane all over again. She is passionate about guiding her readers to wonderful opportunities to camp, hike, and enjoy the great outdoors in Utah.

Who exactly is Jody? Jody is a wife, mother, DIYer, crafter, camper, and outdoor enthusiast. She states in her about me page, “Ever since I was very young I have been intrigued by those who are able to create things by hand, and I was very surprised to learn that this was a skill that could be developed rather than a talent you had to be born with. I have found that helpfulness is a common characteristic among those who enjoy crafting, so I decided that it was time for me to give back to the community that has helped me so much by creating this website, where I hope to share all of the tips and techniques I have picked up over the years.”

Many times when I go on a trip and come back, people ask me, how do you know how to plan? How do you go about finding places to do in other states? The answer? Research, research, research, my friends. If it weren’t for bloggers like Jody, I probably would not be as good as doing this research. We owe it to the people who are expertise of their own state and land for their recommendations and guidance when traveling. It’s pretty hard to plan a trip if you have visited that place before!

If you are a travel lover or adventure enthusiast, please check out Jody’s blog Her writing is extremely informative and seriously infects me with the travel bug all over again every single time I visit her site! She is so helpful about sharing beautiful things to do and explore. She even talks about you can bring the kids as well and plan an informative, educational trip out of some of Utah’s greatest attractions. Particularly if you are thinking of planning a trip to the western half of the state or Utah, Jody is extremely knowledgeable about all of the places to camp and explore. I really wish I would have came across her blog prior to road tripping last summer. I am happy that I hit up one place she talked about in her blog, but I also know that I missed out on many other incredibly destinations.

I wish I could meet Jody in person. Her fun-loving sense of adventure, active lifestyle, and respect for nature is inspiring to me. She has so much beautiful insight and talent to offer to the world. You can find her at

Thank you to Jody Rookstool for sponsoring this post! All opinions and content are entirely my own. Photos courtesy of Jody Rookstool.


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