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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 a newspaper as primarily a crime and municipal government reporter. He’s…

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…

Hiking / Travel By On October 10, 2016

Hiking Indiana County: Buena Vista Furnace

This post was originally published on my former blog.  When the Ghost Town Trail was named one of Roadtrippers’ top rail trails in the United States, I knew I had to get there before the season’s end. That day came yesterday. It quickly became one of my favorite trails in Indiana County, with its beautiful bridges and the creek that…

Hiking / Travel By On October 6, 2016

Visiting the Canaan Valley, West Virginia

When most people think “getaway,” they’re typically not thinking West Virginia. But they should. On my way to the West Virginia Governor’s Conference on Tourism in late September I was able to experience some of the Mountain State’s most-visited spots. The drive through western Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia to arrive in the Canaan Valley was incredible. It doesn’t get…

Hiking / Travel By On October 5, 2016

Short but Scenic: Hiking Buttermilk Falls, Pa.

I’ve been doing a lot of in-area hiking lately, and recently made the short trip to New Florence, Pa., where you’ll find Buttermilk Falls. Friend Amanda at Buttermilk Falls. The falls are 45 feet tall, surrounded by a 48-acre natural area managed by Indiana County Parks & Trails. The park includes a (very) short loop trail that’s incredibly easy, perfect…