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Hiking / Travel By On January 2, 2017

2016 was filled with adventure

It’s natural to reflect on the year as we head into a new one. While a lot of people feel that 2016 was one of the worst, I thought it was a pretty good year overall. In 2016, I tried a lot of new things. I went new places. I met new people. One of the coolest things about 2016,…

Hiking / Travel By On December 27, 2016

Planning a multi-day hike

In 2017, I’m making a pretty hefty list of places to visit, and a lot of them are hiking trails. We’re planning our first mutli-day hiking trip, and I’ve spent a lot of time researching gear, trails, tips and more. Here are some of the things we’ll be taking in to consideration while planning our trip: 1. Picking a trail Right…

Hiking / Travel By On November 21, 2016

Broome County’s hidden gem: Hawkins Pond

While I’m now a western Pennsylvania resident, I’m originally from a small town near the Pennsylvania/New York border called Susquehanna. Just miles from “Susky,” as we call it, is a park that doesn’t see nearly as many visitors as it should. Hawkins Pond Nature Area, just north of the border in Windsor, N.Y., is a secluded park surrounding a small…

Hiking / Personal / Travel By On November 14, 2016

Meet my adventure team

Part of traveling and exploring is exploring it with good company. While occasionally I enjoy a solo trip to see some sights and clear my mind, I’m usually accompanied on my adventures — human or dog.   Partner in crime, Sean Sean is a fellow writer that works for Penn State University in communications. He’s a great photographer (responsible for…

Hiking By On November 7, 2016

Five ways hiking is good for you

Life is stressful. That’s why I hike. I started hiking regularly a few years ago, shortly after the adoption of my first rescue pup, Murphy. At the time, his foster home had been taking him on 10+ mile runs a day (nope.) and he had a lot of energy to burn. It was a way to combat his energy as…

Hiking / Travel By On October 30, 2016

Catching fall colors in Indiana County, Pennsylvania

Indiana County, Pennsylvania, is home to miles and miles of hiking trails — great for taking in fall scenery — as well as some other great fall leaf-peeping hot spots. In addition to its extensive parks and trails system, the county is home to four covered bridges that can be viewed within a day’s driving tour. Read more about the…

Hiking / Travel By On October 24, 2016

Visiting picturesque falls in Swallow Falls State Park

This weekend I spent some time in Deep Creek, Md., relaxing in a beautiful rental house overlooking the water. I was there for the weekend writing a story for Recreation News, highlighting the area’s off-season activities. During the stay, we visited Swallow Falls State Park, considered to be one of the most picturesque parks in Maryland. Its Swallow Falls Canyon Trail…

Hiking / Travel By On October 22, 2016

Photos: Some of Ithaca, N.Y.’s waterfalls

Originally, I’m from a little town on the Pennsylvania/New York-state border called Susquehanna. When people ask me where I’m from, I usually tell them Binghamton, N.Y., because that’s pretty darn close. I took a few days off earlier this year to visit with family and relax, and ended up making the short trek to Ithaca for, I thought, hiking and gorgeous…

Hiking / Travel By On October 20, 2016

Packing for a short hike: The essentials

I’m headed to Deep Creek, Md., this weekend to experience some new outdoors spots, brews and more. While I’m there, I’ll be working on a piece for Recreation News magazine, focusing on off-season activities and ideas for travelers. During my stay, I’ll be hiking the five-mile Swallow Falls State Park loop, which takes you to a few waterfalls, including the…