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One Day around Wytheville, VA

I'm the kind of person who likes to live vicariously through other people's adventures while also planning my own. (If you read this blog regularly, you probably know what I mean!) Not long ago, my aunt Kristi posted this video on her YouTube channel about a hike she did just outside of Wytheville, Virginia. On… Continue reading One Day around Wytheville, VA

Around the US, West Virginia

A Winter Weekend Getaway: Buckhannon and Audra State Park

When I think of the places I like to go in winter, I think of serenity in nature - the stillness that comes to the world with animals hibernating and seeds waiting in the ground until warmer weather urges them to sprout. There's a peaceful beauty that I love about these cold months when snow… Continue reading A Winter Weekend Getaway: Buckhannon and Audra State Park

Around the US, West Virginia

One Day in Weston, WV

West Virginia may not be the biggest state in the country, but it does have a lot of small towns that I've never visited before despite living here most of my life. Weston was one of those. I'd driven past the exit a hundred times on the interstate but had never had a reason to… Continue reading One Day in Weston, WV

Around the US, Top Five

The Top 5 Things I Did in Wilmington, NC

When one of my best friends called me back in April and suggested the idea of me staying with her in Wilmington, North Carolina, for part of the summer, I jumped at the opportunity. I've always loved visiting the Outer Banks with my family in the summers, and since I didn't go last year and… Continue reading The Top 5 Things I Did in Wilmington, NC

Around the US, West Virginia

Backpacking in Dolly Sods Wilderness, WV

I've loved visiting Dolly Sods Wilderness for years, and I was very excited to go on my first ever backpacking trip here and explore more of this beautiful area. Growing up, I would usually visit with my family on fall trips around Monongahela National Forest where we would also stop at places like Green Bank… Continue reading Backpacking in Dolly Sods Wilderness, WV

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Day Trips in Arizona

In living in Arizona, I've had the opportunity to visit a lot of amazing places around the state. Though I've written full posts about some of them, there were also several places that I couldn't write a full post on but still wanted to mention. From the desert oasis of Agua Caliente Park to the… Continue reading Day Trips in Arizona

Around the US, Hidden Gems

Hidden Gems: Hocking Hills State Park

Walking down gravel steps on a hemlock-lined trail into the gorge at Hocking Hills State Park, I felt a bit like Alice entering Wonderland, leaving the familiar world at the top for the shadowed magnificence at the base of the gorge where vibrant green ferns and rocky sandstone walls encased the most beautiful part of… Continue reading Hidden Gems: Hocking Hills State Park

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, 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

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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