Month: July 2017

Weekly Roundup: National Park Shirts with a Purpose

Over the last year or so I have been working to sort and donate the majority of my wardrobe. I have WAY TOO MANY articles of clothing that I never wore. At the end of this process, I ended up with a solid capsule wardrobe for work and barely any casual clothes. Don’t ask me how it happened, because I don’t know! So, I started looking online for a handful of shirts to add to my closet and decided to focus on national park shirts. (Is anyone surprised?) During my search for national park shirts, I found several shops that...

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Exploring Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park in Kodiak, Alaska

Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park in Kodiak, Alaska is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon on the island. It has a great mixture of military history, magnificent views, bird viewing, camping, and many trails. As such, I highly recommend it for anyone looking for hiking trails on Kodiak Island.  Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park Orientation We started our trip with a visit to the Fort Abercrombie Ranger Station. Inside, we picked up a map and talked to a ranger who ended up being one of the nicest people we met on the island. He shared the military history...

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The Old Guard Performs at the Fort McHenry Military Tattoo

Last year we attended a special military tattoo at Fort McHenry in Maryland in celebration of the National Park Service Centennial. I had read about the military tattoo at Fort McHenry while research DC-area Fourth of July activities. As this was also our first visit to Fort McHenry, we weren’t sure what to expect.  Performance Lineup  There were three main components to the tattoo and each was wonderful in its own right. Three groups were the United States Army Drill Team, the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, and the Fort McHenry Guard Fife and Drum Corps. The first two groups are...

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A 3-Bear Sighting at Ivy Creek Overlook in Shenandoah National Park

On our recent sunrise viewing trip, we had an opportunity to do some bear viewing at Ivy Creek Overlook in Shenandoah National Park. A bear sighting in the park is not guaranteed and we frequently do not see them on our trips. This time, however, we had an awesome opportunity to observe a mama bear and her two cubs. This viewing was so much more awesome than any of our other bear sightings! This sighting came on the heels of a spontaneous schedule change. After sunrise, we drove the rest of the Central District and headed out of the park for...

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Viewing Sunrise in Shenandoah National Park’s Central District

With over 75 overlooks, it can be hard to determine the best place to view sunrise in Shenandoah National Park. I spent quite a bit of time reading blog posts and review websites to figure out our viewing location. After my research, I narrowed down my options to three Central District overlooks: Buck Hollow, Tunnel Parking, and Hazel Mountain. The Central District of Shenandoah National Park is the area between Thorton Gap Entrance Station (Route 211) and Swift Run Gap Entrance Station (Route 33). All three of my final options in the Central District are located just South of the...

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About Sara Beth

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I'm a gypsy soul from Driftless Wisconsin who is trying to stay grounded in the city by embracing my roots. My heart belongs to my Hubs and our slightly crazy dog, Rackers. Driven by a serious case of wanderlust, I enjoy afternoon drives, road trips, exploring national parks, and easy-ish hikes to waterfalls.

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