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
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
As a character in The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy noted, “Time is an illusion,” but that doesn’t stop me from absolutely loving New Year’s. Not because I enjoy staying up to watch the ball drop; I’m always in bed sound asleep well before that. But I love the opportunity for reflection and goal setting that … More Travel: Highlights of Where We Went 2017
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
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