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 longContinue reading “All About New River Gorge National Park”

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 onContinue reading “Colorado Road Trip: Denver, Pikes Peak, and Sand Dunes NP”

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 theContinue reading “Day Trips in Arizona”

How to Spend a Weekend in Tucson, Arizona

When I started my college education in summer 2017 and moved to Tucson, I knew very little about this amazing city. I had been here twice – once for a campus tour and once for registration. On both of those trips, I only visited the university campus and had no idea what else was aroundContinue reading “How to Spend a Weekend in Tucson, Arizona”

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 ofContinue reading “Hidden Gems: Hocking Hills State Park”

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 inContinue reading “One Day Around Berkeley Springs, WV”

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 theirContinue reading “Day Trips in Provence, France”

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 placeContinue reading “All About Carlsbad Caverns National Park”

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 inContinue reading “New Mexico Road Trip: Carlsbad, White Sands, and Las Cruces”

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’sContinue reading “Blennerhassett Island”