Hubs and I took his parents on a quick weekend trip to Philadelphia. As they stayed with us for 6 weeks, they had explored DC and the immediate area. However, we wanted to share a brief overview of Philadelphia with them. While in town, we drove them around to see different neighborhoods and the amazing public art scene. Of course, we are not able to go on a trip without hitting at least one National Park Service unit. Thankfully, they love history just as much as we do and selected Independence National Historical Park in downtown Philadelphia. This was...Read More
Author: Sara Beth
In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, the November #FindYourPark Photo Challenge was all about being thankful for our public lands. The challenge originally only consisted of 8 days, but due to the popularity of this particular challenge it was extended through the Thanksgiving holiday. I typically participate in photo challenges via Twitter. For this challenge, I also decided to share my photos on my blog’s Facebook page and in this blog post. I hope you enjoy the photographs I selected for this challenge from my various national park adventures.Read More
There are few things in life I enjoy more than afternoon drives during fall. The colors of leaves and constantly changing landscapes resulting from the falling leaves never fails to make me slow down and appreciate the world around me. Here in Northern Virginia, my favorite place to view fall foliage is in Shenandoah National Park. Each year, I try to take at least one day to drive through the park and enjoy the scenery. Learning from past fall trips, we skipped the North District of the park to avoid many of the visitors heading into the park off...Read More
Graves Mountain Apple Harvest There are only a handful of places and events around Northern Virginia that make me feel at home and one of those is the Graves Mountain Apple Harvest in Syria, Virginia. Located at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, it’s gently rolling hills covered in rows of apples mimic those where I grew up in Wisconsin’s Driftless Area. My hometown is famous for their apple harvest and I spent many weekends working at one of the apple orchards during my youth. During a period of homesickness a few years ago, I started looking for...Read More
Growing up in Wisconsin’s Driftless Area, I was heavily influenced by family farms and a surging folk movement. My father descends from several generations of farmers and my parents had a dairy farm when I was born, but times were tough and they sold the farm a few short years later. Even after we sold the farm, we were still connected to farming through various relatives and community activities. As a result, I have always had deep appreciation for the struggles and perseverance of today’s family farmers. Over 30 years ago, Farm Aid was created to support those hard working family farmers and they...Read More
About Sara Beth
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.