Author: Sara Beth Davis

2016: A Year in Review

I’m struggling to find words to describe 2016. It was a year of big losses (my grandfather and deciding to end our neverending infertility battle) and exciting highs (lots of visitors, a trip to Tahoe, and the National Park Service Centennial). The presidential election nearly sent me into a panic attack and I am saddened by the blatant disregard for human life here in the states and across the globe. It was also a rough year health-wise for myself and several of my loved ones. In the end, however, I’m making efforts to remember all the good that happened instead...

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United States Botanic Garden Holiday Exhibit: National Parks and Historic Places

Each year, one of the busiest holiday activities near DC is the United States Botanic Garden holiday exhibit. Every single time someone finds out that I have yet to visit, I get a mini-lecture on how it is one of the “must-do” holiday experiences in the DC area. As a result, making a holiday visit (I’ve visited in summer) to the United States Botanic Garden has been on my lists for years. The holiday exhibit typically features a collection of DC landmarks made from all-natural materials and a model train exhibit. This year, however, a special exhibit featuring National Parks and Historic Places...

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German Armed Forces Command Christkindlmarkt in Reston, Virginia

I have lived in Northern Virginia for nearly 8 years and this was the first year that I had heard about the German Armed Forces Command Christkindlmarket (Bundeswehr Christmas Market) in Reston, Virginia. I actually learned about it through a couple coworkers when they sent a department-wide invite to the festivities. As it turns out, the Bundeswehr building is a few office buildings down from ours and is the “it” thing to do during the holidays! The market is setup similar to most German Christmas Markets, with a selection of German crafts, music, food, and drinks. Visiting the Christkindlmarket As...

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Rotary Lights in La Crosse, Wisconsin

Each holiday season, my parents, siblings, Husband, and I pile into their minivan and drive up the Mississippi River to La Crosse, Wisconsin. We have a single destination in mind, the Rotary Lights in Riverside Park. We visited often as young children and stopped for a bit, but in the past few years we have picked up the tradition again. Additionally, we usually have an exchange student or two with us, and they love it as well! Driving the Rotary Lights Walking the Rotary Lights The last few years we have taken to driving halfway into the display and...

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Our Travel Christmas Tree Ornament Tradition

Most of my cherished Christmas traditions are deeply rooted from my childhood. My favorite tangible holiday tradition is our travel Christmas tree. This tradition was started by my parents during our family vacations. Before each trip was over, we would stop by a tourist gift shop and find an ornament. In an ideal world, these ornaments would say the name of the location and year we visited. More often than not, we would settle just for the name of the location. Once or twice we even had to fashion an ornament out of a keychain! As I grew older and...

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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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