Birding and Fall Foliage at Hawk Mountain in September

We have been going to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in the fall for a few years now. Hawk Mountain is a wild bird sanctuary located along the Appalachian flyway north of Reading and west of Allentown. It is known for its spectacular views, hiking trails and, of course, the birding. On a good day, thousands ofContinue reading

72 Hours in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Early August

We live about 12 hours from the nation’s most visited national park, which is Great Smoky Mountains. More than 11 million people visit it every year. We finally made time to go down there this year in early August for a long weekend and a very special occasion. We were a bit concerned as weContinue reading

Our Afternoon Kayaking at Tyler State Park in PA

We made a quick trip north of Philadelphia to Tyler State Park in Bucks County for July 4th today! We’re still getting used to paddling our new Advanced Elements inflatable kayak so we thought it would be a great opportunity to get some more practice. Plus, it is over 90 degrees so spending some timeContinue reading

Birding, Manatees and the Beach at Merritt Island NWR and Canaveral National Seashore in June

We were supposed to make a quick trip down to Biscayne National Park during our trip to Florida, but because of uncertainty about the weather due to the forecast (scattered thunderstorms in the forecast), we decided to spend the day at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and Canaveral National Seashore instead. The weather ended upContinue reading

24 Hours Around Ithaca Waterfalls in June

I have been telling Jayne that I would take her up to Ithaca and show her Cornell University (my alma mater) for most of our relationship. So when the first weekend in June rolled around this year and we were facing a rainy weekend in the Philadelphia area, I proposed we get out of townContinue reading

Memorial Day at Evansburg State Park

We made a day trip up to Evansburg State Park to celebrate a birthday with family and friends. Evansburg State Park is located in southcentral Montgomery County near Collegeville and Skippack. This 3,349 acre PA park tracks Skippack Creek as it meanders toward Perkiomen Creek. It wasn’t meandering when we were there, however, because itContinue reading

Our Spring Day at French Creek State Park and Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

On the opening day of trout fishing season, March 31, 2018, we headed up to French Creek State Park to fish in Scotts Run Lake, and we visited nearby Hopewell Furnace NHS while we were there. It was the first time we had been to either park, and we were excited to explore a littleContinue reading

We saw a Snowy Owl outside Sault Ste. Marie in Michigan!

We spent the morning of December 31st searching the Rudyard area of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for our first ever snowy owl sighting. As you can see from the photos, it was a success! We saw four snowy owls in around an hour. Snowy owls are typically found in the Arctic tundra but some migrate southContinue reading

Afternoon at Valley Forge National Historical Park in December 2017

We decided to spend the afternoon at Valley Forge National Historical Park today. Located only 25 miles from downtown Philadelphia, it is one of the nation’s most significant historical landmarks from the American Revolution. Nearly 240 years ago, on December 19, 1777, Washington’s army marched into Valley Forge where they would stay for the nextContinue reading

We Bought Camping Air Pads to Review Next Year

We picked up some extra sleeping pads and cots from REI this weekend to test and review. We were able to buy a pair of the REI Kingsman Cot 3, an Exped Megamat Duo 10, a Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite, a Therm-a-Rest ProLite Plus, a Sea to Summit Comfort Plus, a Big Agnes Q Core SLX,Continue reading

Columbus Day Weekend in Acadia National Park

We took a trip up to Acadia National Park over Columbus Day Weekend. Neither one of us had ever been to Maine and we were hopeful that the early October trip would be late enough in the year to give us some brilliant fall foliage as well. It certainly did! Fall is typically a greatContinue reading

Two Days at Mammoth Cave National Park in September 2017

We did two days of cave tours at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky last weekend. We were there because Mammoth Cave is the longest cave system in the world with more than 400 miles of explored caves below the surface. It became a national park in the 1940s but has been on the nation’sContinue reading

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