More Adventures at Kingdom Come State Park

After avoiding the park for several weeks due to forest fires and smoke, our third child and I returned to Kingdom Come State Park today.  The scenery is more stark since the leaves have fallen, but the weather was warm and perfect for a late-November hike.   205 more words


A Nittany Ramble

Guided tours are fine. But sometimes I just want to get out in the woods and ramble!

My friends and I traveled to the center of Pennsylvania on Halloween weekend, to tour Penn’s Cave and Wildlife Park. 645 more words


Appalachian Magic

It’s been an outrageously busy and stressful year. I have a number of travels/adventures I’d like to share on the blog eventually, but for now, a photo dump of all the beautiful Appalachian moments I’ve had in recent months — from Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia. 472 more words

November Musings

November weather has been mild so far this year; but early this morning, we were awakened with the sounds of a heavy downpour and strong winds.   174 more words


Peak Color in Otter Creek Valley

The middle of November has always found the most intense color here in Otter Creek Valley. This season, a record drought has delayed the event, and muted the yellows and oranges, and nearby wildfires have cast a pall across all of these Mountains. 203 more words

Blue Ridge Mountains

Wildfires continue to burn across mountains of North Carolina

Fires continue to burn deep in the mountains of North Carolina as firefighters and emergency crews battle the flames.

As of Sunday night, the wildfire at Party Rock had grown to 3,500 acres and was 15 percent contained. 79 more words