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…

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 but…

One Week on Cape Hatteras National Seashore

As this blog has established, I really like the US National Parks service, so naturally going on vacation along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore is something that appeals to me.  The Outer Banks as a whole are great for a beach vacation, but if you’re looking to get a way from some of the crowds…

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…

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…

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…

Saguaro National Park

One  of the most famous symbols of “the desert” is a cactus with its arms reaching out to the sky.  There’s even an emoji for it! 🌵 But actually, this kind of cactus is a Saguaro  (pronounced sah-waar-o), and it is native only to the Sonoran Desert which  spans Arizona (US), Sonora (Mexcio), and Baja…

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,…

February Digest

So it’s been a while since I’ve written a blog, but here’s a quick digest of the last few weeks.  First, I went to Saguaro National Park and Tumacácori National Historical Park with Parks in Focus.  And, of course, there was the dance showcase on Valentine’s Day, the Tucson Rodeo, and the freak snow this…

Finishing Freshman Year

The school year is winding down, and it’s finally starting to feel that way.  The last week was basically THE WEEK for end-of-the-year projects and events, but fortunately there are still a few ways to relax.  My highlights were definitely karaoke and French pastries – unfortunately not at the same time.  And though this weekend…