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My recommitment to the Pennsylvania State Park Challenge I’d set for myself at the beginning of the year led me to book a camping trip for the FOURTH time at Hickory Run State Park.
The annual HIT 12-hour improv marathon festival! You never know what kind of surprise shows will happen at Hitstravaganza!
An unplanned trip for my new consulting business, Find Calm Here, lead me to spend a few hours with new friends from Alabama over a beer at Rum Boogie Cafe on Beale Street. Check out the photo gallery here. The CLIX event brought me to Memphis after I’d met the founder, RD Whitney, who invited…
I arrived at Canoe Creek State Park just in time to watch a short but steady snowstorm from the comfort of my warm car. As the snowflakes slowed, I found a fun trail to travel up and down hills for a bit to get back on track with my plan for hiking. In addition to…
Finding myself near the end of the year, I’ve reached AND exceeded that goal, and for that – I rewarded myself with this amazing trip to St. Petersburg, Florida to finish the year and start 2022 with a new perspective – physically, emotionally, and mentally.
Each year I offer a photo calendar of my travel photography and it is that time of year again!
The Lily Inn, located right in Historic Burlington, New Jersey offered me a cozy room on the top floor with a view of the street below, decorated for the holiday season. With a king-sized bed, jetted tub, and in-room TV that I could connect my Roku Streaming Device to, I felt like I was living in luxury.
On Saturday I traveled up and down the mountains from Bald Eagle State Park to nearby Black Moshannon State Park, Whipple Dam State Park, and Greenwood Furnace State Park. The first stop at each park was to get my passport stamp for the 52 State Park Challenge that I’ve been doing this year.
Fall is my favorite time of the year to explore hiking trails in hopes to capture some amazing colors. The Pennsylvania Grand Canyon has been on my bucket list for a while and I’m so thankful that I made it there right as the leaves were turning.
Of all the Pennsylvania State Parks I’ve visited in 2021, by far the best ones (in my opinion) have waterfront views, expansive mountains, and calming shores.
In June, just six months after my very first visit, I returned to Maine to enjoy warmer weather, hiking, swimming, and spectacular views. Now it has taken me time to edit the photos and get this post up here on my travel blog since I’ve been really busy with work. I also decided not to…
This past weekend I strolled down shaded trails to discover beautiful landscapes, to hear the beautiful sounds of the forest, and to enjoy photographing nature. After my walk I cooled off by taking to the beach! All of this and more I experienced just one hour away from Harrisburg. On my continued mission to visit 52 Pennsylvania State Parks in 2021 I was able to add two more to the list.
The heat of summer has arrived and I’m seeking places with a place to cool down right now! In my pursuit of hiking at 52 Pennsylvania State Parks in 2021 I am focused on parks that have a lake, or stream to dip my toes into during or after a hike – AND hiking earlier!~
After almost eight months I finally got on a plane and took a trip down to Cocoa Beach, Florida for my birthday and to enjoy visiting beaches, seeing rockets, and checking out the many fabulous places to eat and drink in town.
A few weeks ago I announced the 52 Pennsylvania State Park 2021 Challenge in which I plan to hike in up to 52 state parks this year. I’m happy to update the tally after visiting a few more parks over the past few weeks. Colonel Denning State Park, Susquehannock State Park, and Samuel S Lewis…
Inspired by my travels to California last year and picking up the National Parks Passport, I knew I wanted to check out the many Pennsylvania State Parks in 2021. Pennsylvania went from 1 park in 1893 to 121 State Parks in 2015, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and National Resources.
I discovered that Cape Code National Seashore was only a 2-hour drive from Providence and planned to spend an entire day driving and hiking on the beach. The drive alone was worth the trip, but when I arrived, I was just blown away by how beautiful it is there. After ge
For years I’ve wanted to make it to Washington DC in time to catch the Cherry Blossoms and this year I finally got there. It’s been on my bucket list for years, but I just hadn’t made the time to travel there until this year.
As I drove through states I’d never visited like Connecticut, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Maine, I dove into podcasts, music, and at times, just silence while watching the mountains disappear behind me. I’d been looking forward to a road trip like this for a long time.
When arriving in San Francisco the first thing to see was the Golden Gate Bridge. What’s really crazy about this is that I had a photo of the Golden Gate Bridge on my 2020 vision board, which I created in January.
Arriving back on the coast in Monterey, California, after spending the past few days inland while visiting national parks, I was thrilled to see the ocean once again.
“The mountains are calling and I must go.”- John Muir Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park We entered Sequoia National Forest early mid-afternoon after departing Joshua Tree NP and making a quick stop at Kelso Dunes in the Mojave Desert. My boyfriend and I had discussed the best way to enter the park and I…
On my recent travels to Joshua Tree National Park I discovered not only about a wide variety of plants, animals, and strong winds, but also I learned more about myself. It was an adventure to spend two nights and three days under the stars, in excessive heat, and at times experiencing frustration while on a vacation.
This was my first adventure on a boat in the ocean off the coast on a ship that sailed far off into the wide expanse with only water in view. Although I didn’t see a whale, I was delighted to see dolphins swimming right under and in front of our ship.
Arriving in California with the smell of seasalt in the air and sand that I imagined about for the past few months finally became a reality for me recently during my epic road trip. After the past few months of working from home, it felt so great to travel again. Up until the shutdown, I’d…
Some three months into 2020, I worked to create a community to share resources and tools to find calm in the chaos of daily life. Over the past few months and weeks, I thought that no place would be better to seek out calm than the platform and community I’ve built. And so I invited some people in and have been working on engagement ever since.
It was this past few days that I realized I’m not taking full advangtage of the tools I’m providing to others. So if I’m not even using my OWN resources, how will other people understand how to use them. Since then, I’ve started to work on myself, to clean up my diet and reduce stress that I’ve felt.
A new community opening June 19th offers support to help members find calm in any aspect of life. Find Calm Here brings together people searching for calm in their lives alongside practitioners and experts who have built systems and programs that work to set intentional goals, explore different methods, and programs across mindfulness, wellness, relationships,…