Travel: Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands, Part One

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

Travel: The Treehouse Camp at Maple Tree Campground 

As a professor, I’m pretty much a professional nerd so I enjoy nerd things like researching for fun. During one of my research sessions, I came across an article listing a treehouse campground here in Maryland. Treehouse campground, here? Why have I never heard of this?! After a fun experience a couple years ago at … More Travel: The Treehouse Camp at Maple Tree Campground 

Travel: Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historic Park

One of American history’s bravest and boldest individuals now has her own national historical park on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  Just opened in spring 2017, the park includes a visitor center, hiking trails, and pavilion and is also part of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway. The timing was ideal; my institution had just finished their … More Travel: Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historic Park