On Monday, August 21, 2017, there was a unique solar eclipse in the United States. The eclipse was unique in that it crossed the lower 48 from west coast to the east coast. In fact, thousands of people traveled to the path of totality to view the complete solar eclipse. Here in Northern Virginia, we had about 82% coverage and even at that, it was spectacular. Viewing Planning (j/k) As I am recovering from surgery and am on bed rest, I had not prepared in any way to observe the eclipse. However, in the morning I saw a post in...Read More
Author: Sara Beth
Welcome to the inaugural post of my new fortnightly series called: Park People. This series will feature topical submissions by outdoor recreation and public lands bloggers in my online networks. The goal of “Park People” is to share enjoyment of our public lands in an effort to get more people to champion and personally experience our public lands. For the first post in this series, I asked my friends to share their favorite hidden gems in our public lands. Each person showcased shared their favorite hidden gem that is within a couple hours of their home-base. I hope you enjoy...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...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.