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52 Hike Challenge: Hike 1 – River Trail Hike in Great Falls Park

As I recently mentioned, I have decided to participate in the 52 Hike Challenge in 2017. Today, for Hike 1 of the challenge, I completed part of the River Trail hike in Great Falls Park, Virginia. While the first part of the River Trail was really busy (near the overlooks), the rest of the trail was sparsely traveled – as one would expect for a late January hike. I hiked 1.74 miles according to my app and it felt really…

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Welcoming 2017

Now that we have been welcoming 2017 for a few days, I am seeing a lot of posts on social media about new years resolutions. In my younger years, I would have been one of those people making a…

Christmas in Wisconsin
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2016: A Year in Review

I’m struggling to find words to describe 2016. It was a year of big losses (my grandfather and deciding to end our neverending infertility battle) and exciting highs (lots of visitors, a trip to Tahoe, and the National Park…


Rotary Lights in La Crosse, Wisconsin

Each holiday season, my parents, siblings, Husband, and I pile into their minivan and drive up the Mississippi River to La Crosse, Wisconsin. We have a single destination in mind, the Rotary Lights in Riverside Park. We visited often…

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Our Travel Christmas Tree Ornament Tradition

Most of my cherished Christmas traditions are deeply rooted from my childhood. My favorite tangible holiday tradition is our travel Christmas tree. This tradition was started by my parents during our family vacations. Before each trip was over, we…


10 Reasons I’m Thankful for Our Public Lands

In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, the November #FindYourPark Photo Challenge was all about being thankful for our public lands. The challenge originally only consisted of 8 days, but due to the popularity of this particular challenge it was…


Shenandoah National Park Fall Foliage

There are few things in life I enjoy more than afternoon drives during fall. The colors of leaves and constantly changing landscapes resulting from the falling leaves never fails to make me slow down and appreciate the world around…