Our entire family loves road trips that explore history and nature. In 2018 we decided to explore Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands over spring break. The Laurel Highlands are a beautiful mountainous area in western Pennsylvania not far from Pittsburgh.This area is full of fascinating history and gorgeous scenery–from the waterfalls of Ohiopyle State Park and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater to the resilient city of Johnstown.
In Part One of this 2 part blog series, we’ll explore Ohiopyle State Park, Fallingwater, and Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site. In Part Two, we’ll check out the city of Johnstown and the Johnstown Flood National Memorial. … More Travel: Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands, Part One
Seems like for everyone I know, including me, 2018 was a rollercoaster of a year. I can personally say that some parts were incredibly fun and filled with euphoria…other parts which I would prefer to move on and learn from were…let’s just say…challenging. But as Hunter S. Thompson said, “Buy the ticket, take the ride.” … More Travel: Highlights of Where We Went 2018
Have you heard of the C&O Canal‘s overnight stay program, Canal Quarters? Historic lockhouses along the canal have been renovated to reflect a specific time period. Having spent plenty of time on and near the canal having various sorts of fun, I was super excited to take my family for a night at Lockhouse 10. … More Travel: C&O Canal Lockhouse 10 Overnight
I’ve got a soft spot for underdogs and the offbeat so when my eye spied a billboard on interstate 95 for a “whirligig park,” it became a stop on our return trip home from Florida. Turns out the park had recently opened in November and was dedicated to the works of one man, Vollis Simpson. … More Travel: Vollis SimpsonWhirligig Park
Key West has long been known as a countercultural, against the grain kind of spot in the United States, where people who want to march to the beat of a different drummer could thrive. Key West is also known as the Conch Republic, a micronation separate from the United States. One of my favorite high … More Travel: A Family Day in Key West
We’ve been coming to Florida for many Christmases to visit family; with my parents selling their house, this year would be our last so we wanted to make it count. What is usually an easy-going week of cookie consumption, napping, and little local trips would be something much more ambitious. Florida is a funky place … More Travel: Funky Florida
Savannah, Georgia is a historic city full of gorgeous architecture, lush gardens, and delicious restaurants. It’s a friendly, walkable place with plenty to see and do, even if you can only make a quick stop. We were on our way to Florida to visit family for Christmas and stopped in Savannah just for the night. … More Travel: An Evening in Savannah