Around the US, West Virginia

One Day Around Berkeley Springs, WV

Despite living in West Virginia for most of my life, I had never actually visited the state's Eastern Panhandle until summer 2020. Our day around the Berkeley Springs area was actually part of a longer road trip; I was taking an exam in Martinsburg, which is close by, and we were visiting family friends in… Continue reading One Day Around Berkeley Springs, WV

France

Day Trips in Provence, France

Provence is one of the most popular regions in France, and it's really not a surprise. The idyllic countryside dotted with purple fields of lavender, small towns with markets selling everything you could need, and, of course, Homer's wine dark sea - the Mediterranean. Provence is filled with beautiful little towns, which all have their… Continue reading Day Trips in Provence, France

Around the US, National Parks

All About Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Most of the time if someone asks what my favorite part of a trip was, it's hard to give an exact answer. But my trip to New Mexico last month is an exception: Carlsbad Caverns National Park blew me away, and though I loved the whole trip, this park was by far my favorite place… Continue reading All About Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Around the US, College, National Parks

New Mexico Road Trip: Carlsbad, White Sands, and Las Cruces

Since starting college, I thought it would be fun to do a spring break road trip, and I planned out different hypotheticals (including a hiking-intensive 9 National Parks in 9 days trip that, physically, I don't actually think I could do). Last fall, with the pandemic still dragging on and online classes keeping us in… Continue reading New Mexico Road Trip: Carlsbad, White Sands, and Las Cruces

Around the US, West Virginia

Blennerhassett Island

There's this story you get told in school about history, and it's fairly straightforward and simple. Which makes sense - elementary school kids aren't historians trying to become specialists in one area of history or another. The goal is just giving students a general understanding of history and how we got to today. And that's… Continue reading Blennerhassett Island

Around the US, West Virginia

Winter at Blackwater Falls

Blackwater Falls is one of the loveliest places in West Virginia and especially well-located in Tucker County near lots of other fantastic places to explore! While I've been there numerous times over the years, we decided to spend this past Christmas at a cabin in the state park, which was an excellent decision in my… Continue reading Winter at Blackwater Falls

Around the US

A Taste of Hershey, Pennsylvania

About a year ago, I went on a fun spring break trip with my family. It was a great trip to see them, especially since I thought I would spend the rest of the semester in Arizona; instead, I flew home two weeks later after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic. Consequently, it took me a… Continue reading A Taste of Hershey, Pennsylvania

Around the US, National Parks, West Virginia

Harpers Ferry: Then and Now

Early on October 17, 1859, the sleeping town of Harpers Ferry became a battleground in one of the key events that marked the dawning of the Civil War. Though the war would not officially begin until April 1861 with the Battle of Fort Sumter, John Brown's Raid on Harpers Ferry was indicative of the tension… Continue reading Harpers Ferry: Then and Now

Around the US, Hidden Gems

Hidden Gems: Sabino Canyon

Though well-known in and around Tucson, I had never heard of Sabino Canyon before living here, which is a shame because it has some truly amazing trails and views. I've visited this site a few times now, including for night hiking - Tucson is not favorable to hiking in the afternoon. While there are many… Continue reading Hidden Gems: Sabino Canyon

Europe, Spain

Spain 2015

In the summer of 2015, I spent 3 weeks in Sant Cugat, Spain (just outside Barcelona) with some friends of my family. It was on that trip that I started this blog, and though the blog has changed a lot since then, I still want to preserve those old posts and put them somewhere for… Continue reading Spain 2015