Around the US, National Parks, West Virginia

All About New River Gorge National Park

Having grown up an hour away from the New River Gorge, I've been there several times and love the area, so I was excited when I learned it was officially becoming a National Park. Because I really enjoyed writing my posts about National Parks like Saguaro and Carlsbad, I decided to do a nice long… Continue reading All About New River Gorge National Park

Around the US, College, National Parks

Colorado Road Trip: Denver, Pikes Peak, and Sand Dunes NP

In my freshman year of college, my mom and I began planning a post-graduation road trip through Colorado. The itineraries varied; my first idea was a two-week exploration of the entire state, which was kind of a lot. Ultimately, I spent four days in Colorado - three with my family and one bonus day on… Continue reading Colorado Road Trip: Denver, Pikes Peak, and Sand Dunes NP

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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, 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

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The Peculiar Peace of Gettysburg National Military Park

"It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced...that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain - that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom"Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address,… Continue reading The Peculiar Peace of Gettysburg National Military Park

Around the US, Hidden Gems, National Parks

Hidden Gems: Ocracoke Island

There's something appealing about a place you can't technically drive to.  Although you can have a car on Ocracoke Island, it necessitates loading your car onto a 60 minute ferry then driving about half an hour into the only town on the island.  The alternative is a new passenger ferry that is 70 minutes but… Continue reading Hidden Gems: Ocracoke Island

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One Week on Cape Hatteras National Seashore

I think most people have some place that is "their" vacation spot - a place the family goes regularly enough that it feels like both a home away from home and a clear indication that you're one vacation. My personal vacation spot is the Outer Banks where my family has vacationed for years. We don't… Continue reading One Week on Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Around the US, Hidden Gems, National Parks, West Virginia

Hidden Gems: US Route 60

Besides  the well-known National Parks, the US Park Service also recognizes certain National Rivers such as the New River in West Virginia (As of 2021, this is the newest official National Park).  This "park" technically includes 70,000 acres of land along the river, and the best way to see it all, in my opinion is… Continue reading Hidden Gems: US Route 60

Around the US, National Parks, West Virginia

How to Spend a Weekend in Monongahela National Forest

Monongahela National Forest has always been one of my favorite places in West Virginia.  I've always loved taking weekend trips in the area with my family, and I"m excited to share a few of my favorite places here! There's so much to do - from state parks to caves to cute little towns with amazing… Continue reading How to Spend a Weekend in Monongahela National Forest