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”

Hidden Gems: Sabino Canyon

Though well-known in and around Tucson, I had never heard of Sabino Canyon before living here, which is a shame because it has some truly amazing trails and views. I’ve visited this site a few times now, including for night hiking – Tucson is not favorable to hiking in the afternoon. While there are manyContinue reading “Hidden Gems: Sabino Canyon”

20 Amazing Pictures from Tucson’s Sweetwater Wetlands

“Wetlands” and “humidity” are not words that are often associated with Tucson, Arizona. Nevertheless, one of the vastly overlooked gems of the city is Sweetwater Wetlands. Water is an important resource in the desert, so, in order to save potable water, the city has been working to use reclaimed water for irrigation and landscaping sinceContinue reading “20 Amazing Pictures from Tucson’s Sweetwater Wetlands”

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 butContinue reading “Hidden Gems: Ocracoke Island”

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 isContinue reading “Hidden Gems: US Route 60”

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 timeContinue reading “All About Tumacácori National Historical Park”