Around the US, Hidden Gems, National Parks

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.  This "park" technically includes 70,000 acres of land along the river, and the best way to see it all, in my opinion is the two-lane Route 60. This is my favorite day trip… Continue reading Hidden Gems: US Route 60

Around the US, National Parks

How to Spend a Weekend around Monongahela National Forest

Monongahela National Forest has always been one of my favorite places in West Virginia.  It's  a huge area, and there's so much to do, but since I was there recently, I'll include some of my favorites.  This is a great place to go for a weekend getaway -  there are lots of places to rent… Continue reading How to Spend a Weekend around Monongahela National Forest

Around the US, National Parks

Tumacácori National Historical Park

Well, the semester is coming to an end, and before I head home, I thought I'd share my tips for visiting one of my favorite parks near Tucson. This isn't one of the big, famous national parks like the Grand Canyon, and to be honest, it is a little out-of-the-way if you're doing a Four Corners… Continue reading Tumacácori National Historical Park

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Saguaro National Park

What do you imagine when you think of "the desert"?  I'm guessing it's a cactus, but not just any cactus - a saguaro (pronounced sah-waar-o).  These are the cacti that have the arms and that coincidentally, are native only to the Sonoran Desert.  That's right, the first cactus that you think of doesn't even grow… Continue reading Saguaro National Park

Around the US, National Parks

How to Spend a Weekend at Chiricahua

Like last year, I did another Parks in Focus trip to Chiricahua National Monument last weekend.  This isn't the most famous landmark in Arizona by a long shot, and it's definitely out of the way, but it's honestly phenomenal, especially as a weekend trip from Tucson.  Not only do you really get away from the city,… Continue reading How to Spend a Weekend at Chiricahua

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Tucson Botanical Gardens

Hello to everyone reading this!  For those of you who have read my blog for a while, things probably look a bit different.  That's because I'm shifting focus and making this a bit more of a traditional travel blog.  Previously, I've mostly been summarizing what I do and sharing pictures, but I realized that I… Continue reading Tucson Botanical Gardens

Around the US, College

The Midnight Train Back to School

Last Thursday, I arrived at the Pittsburgh train station at about 10:30 p.m., and at a few minutes past midnight, my train left the station.  I had the excited feeling I always get on trains when they start that light rocking that means you're on your way.  Although I had a sleeper cabin and knew… Continue reading The Midnight Train Back to School