Welcome to Inner Compass Blog!

My name is Sara Beth and I’m a nature-loving weekend wanderer. I live for the weekend and am often found exploring Shenandoah National Park, hiking along the Potomac River, or enjoying other nearby outdoor opportunities. Exploring nature on the weekends is my way of finding balance in the work-first-and-always culture of DC. 


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“You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.”

-Alan Alda


7 Photos That Capture My America

The theme for the January #FindYourPark Photo Challenge on Twitter was "This is MY America." The theme (curated by the Nature Tech Family blog), was very timely during the post-inauguration turmoil. The subsequent attacks on our public lands and science community have...

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Hike 2 of 52 – Theodore Roosevelt Island Hiking Trails

For Hike 2 of the 52 Hike Challenge, Hubs and I set off to explore the Theodore Roosevelt Island hiking trails. We have lived in the DC Metro Area for 8 years and until this weekend had never visited the island. Honestly, it wasn't until the last couple years that...

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Hike 1 of 52 – River Trail Hike in Great Falls Park

As I recently mentioned, I have decided to participate in the 52 Hike Challenge in 2017. Today, for Hike 1 of the challenge, I completed part of the River Trail hike in Great Falls Park, Virginia. While the first part of the River Trail was really busy (near the...

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Welcoming 2017

Now that we have been welcoming 2017 for a few days, I am seeing a lot of posts on social media about new years resolutions. In my younger years, I would have been one of those people making a list of resolutions. Unfortunately, I was also one of those people who...

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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...

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