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


Back to the Real World

For the past two years, my online presence has pretty much been running on silence. Shortly after I enrolled in a graduate school, I realized certain things would have to be dropped from my life if I wanted to add graduate school to my already busy life. This...

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Las Vegas Day Trip to Valley of Fire State Park

After a recent work trip to Las Vegas, I stayed an extra 2 days to visit with family and friends. While I could have spent all my time with my loved ones, I made sure to leave enough time in my schedule to explore the desert (which was much needed after working a...

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Winter in Shenandoah National Park

When most people think of taking an afternoon drive to the country, they imagine rustic settings, green leaves, and small towns. This past weekend, Mr. InnerCompass and I headed west with no specific destination in mind. Without a map or app guiding our way, we drove...

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New River Gorge National River in West Virginia

Every year, Hubs and I celebrate our wedding anniversary by buying new gadgets or by taking a trip. Usually, each of these trips tends to focus on a specific park or city. However, this time I decided to plan a trip for us that focused on waterfalls. While most of us...

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St. Patrick’s Day on the Dingle Peninsula

In honor of St. Patrick's Day and my Irish heritage, I've decided to post a short photo essay from my first trip to Ireland. While my travel companions and I did quite a bit of adventuring, I quickly fell in love with the Dingle Peninsula. Not only is this my favorite...

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