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”

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”

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 aContinue reading “A Taste of Hershey, Pennsylvania”

Harpers Ferry: Then and Now

Early on October 17, 1859, the sleeping town of Harpers Ferry became a battleground in one of the key events that marked the dawning of the Civil War. Though the war would not officially begin until April 1861 with the Battle of Fort Sumter, John Brown’s Raid on Harpers Ferry was indicative of the tensionContinue reading “Harpers Ferry: Then and Now”

Canada 2016

In the summer of 2016, my nascent travel blog got its second wave of posts when I spent 5 weeks in a French immersion program in Québec City, Canada. My blog has evolved a lot since then, but I’m preserving those posts here for anyone who wants to explore them! Keep in mind, this isContinue reading “Canada 2016”

A Pandemic Summer Reading List

Being stuck at home means there can be a lot of time to kill. I’ve been doing a good bit of reading (not surprising), so I decided to make a short list of my top five recommendations for the current moment. By that, I mean books that have, on the whole, a calm tone thatContinue reading “A Pandemic Summer Reading List”

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, GettysburgContinue reading “The Peculiar Peace of Gettysburg National Military Park”

Italian Beaches and Wonderlust

As we near the end of January and I work on planning out my blog posts for the upcoming months, I decided that, rather than a travel post (because I have been very busy), I would post this reflection on the title of my blog – Wonderlust Writings. But first, it’s January, and I’m  getting […]