Around the US

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, 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

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

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

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, Top Five

Top Five: Detroit, Michigan

Did you know that Michigan is the 11th largest state based on land size?  Or that Alaska is the only state with more water included in its borders?  Michigan is actually surprisingly huge - although Lake Superior is even more surprising (Trust me, the question "How many Liechtensteins would fit in Lake Superior" has become… Continue reading Top Five: Detroit, Michigan

Around the US

A Beginner’s Guide to Greyhounds

The best way to learn something is by doing it, I think.  However, that can also be stressful, so a bit of research can also help.  I've taken a few long bus rides - in middle school, there was a field trip to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, and one spring break in high school,… Continue reading A Beginner’s Guide to Greyhounds

Around the US, Hidden Gems, National Parks

All About Tumacácori National Historical Park

One of the great things about being in Tucson is all the amazing places to visit nearby, including one of my favorite National Parks sites - Tumacácori. While it isn't as famous as the Grand Canyon, and while there's not as much to do here as at Carlsbad, Tumacácori captured my attention the first time… Continue reading All About Tumacácori National Historical Park