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Published By On January 1, 2019

Franklin County, Pa., offers cure for mid-winter blues

Now in its 17th year, Franklin County, Pa.’s IceFest is a sure way to “help shake the mid-winter blues that fall upon us,” organizers say. The festival kicks off on Jan. 31 and continues through Feb. 3, featuring live ice carvings, a Snowfall Ball, chili cook-off, Polar Dunk Plunge, live glass-blowing demonstrations, and more. Make sure to be in town…

Published By On December 1, 2018

Editor’s Note: Remember to disconnect

During the fall season, I was able to take two trips that really allowed me to “disconnect.” The first was to a cabin near Wellsboro, Pa., with family, and the second was to a leadership retreat at a camp, where use of cell phones was actually not allowed. These two trips were great reminders of the importance of disconnecting from…

Published / Travel By On October 1, 2018

Downtown Frederick, Maryland, has a lot to love

Early this September, I was able to make a visit to the wonderful Maryland city for a visit with Recreation News co-editor Amanda Williams. When we’re able to visit each other, there’s always an adventure involved — and usually craft beer. As someone who’s obsessed with historic downtowns and their economic vitality, I always love visiting Frederick and drawing inspiration…

Hiking / Travel By On July 21, 2018

We camped in a top-rated site in Pennsylvania!

Remember when I told you that we were going to be adding one of the top-rated camping sites in Pennsylvania to our bucket list? We did it! And it was incredible. Based on the recommendation of blog Mike’s Road Trip, we stayed at site No. 74 in Dew Drop Campground for two nights, and we’ve already decided that this is…

Dogs / Travel By On June 9, 2018

Camping in 2018: What I’m doing differently

While both Sean and I had camped before with our families or friends in the past, the summer of 2017 is the year that we really started camping more as a hobby. We both love hiking and the peacefulness of being outdoors, so it’s probably one of the most perfect activities we can do together as a couple — and…

Gardening / Our Home By On May 29, 2018

Creating our raised-bed vegetable garden

Last year I really got into vegetable gardening. The house we had rented had a small raised bed built already at it that we took advantage of, and my totally novice garden yielded an unimaginable amount of plants – especially tomatoes. Realizing that gardening was a hobby I didn’t know I had, one of the first projects we did when…

Travel By On February 6, 2018

Camping Goals: This unlisted camp spot in Pennsylvania

Central Pennsylvania is due for about a foot of snow this week, yet for some reason, I’ve got camping on the brain. I think my body is longing for warmer weather and nights sleeping outside. While planning out some of our camping trips last year, I stumbled across a YouTube video for the “best camp spot in Pennsylvania.” I’m pretty…