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Thanksgiving in Sharpsburg and Reed Bingham State Park

Thanksgiving in Sharpsburg and Reed Bingham State Park

When originally planning our route south earlier this year, we anticipated entering Florida sometime in early November. The three-week delay in my hometown altered our plans a bit, so when we realized we’d be passing through Georgia in November we couldn’t help but wonder where we might be for Thanksgiving. While at the pizza shop over the past three years, we closed the restaurant for the day of Thanksgiving and remained open the day before and the day after. Ashley…

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Asheville, NC – Land of Amazing Craft Beer

Asheville, NC – Land of Amazing Craft Beer

I love craft beer. This is probably obvious to anyone who’s read the blog before or scrolled through some of our photos on Instagram. I specifically love a well-brewed craft beer, created with purposeful intent by someone who honestly cares about the end product and sharing that finished good with the public. I’ve been homebrewing on and off over the last decade or so, starting out with the most basic methods and gradually working up to the all-grain process, which…

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Bolar Mountain Campground, Warm Springs VA

Bolar Mountain Campground, Warm Springs VA

Colder nights began to settle in as we embarked on our journey south, leaving the hills of western Pennsylvania for the mountains along the border between Virginia and West Virginia. Our drive took us over 200 miles, through a tiny section of rural Maryland followed by a wide swath of the West Virginia countryside as the changing leaves displayed their best autumn colors on all sides. We paused for lunch and to stretch our legs at Seneca Rocks in the…

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Caledonia State Park and Points West

Caledonia State Park and Points West

Autumn in the northeast is a time of transition, as the temperature slowly dips lower and the leaves gradually shift from lush green hues to fiery orange, deep red, sunny yellow, and all shades in between. The time came for us to depart with the intention of chasing warmer weather south to eventually experience our first winter not surrounded by icy snow and freezing winds. After a slight but enjoyable delay in my hometown, our journey began with a short…

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Relaxing and Recharging in Cross Roads PA

Relaxing and Recharging in Cross Roads PA

To paraphrase the mathematician and author John Allen Paulos, “Uncertainty is the only certainty there is…” We’re just about ready to return to the open road, after an unplanned extended stay in my hometown. Thanks to the kindness and generosity of my parents, we once again rolled Cecil into their driveway and set up home for a few weeks longer than intended, due to some needed temporary medical treatment. Shortly after arriving here for our planned visit, I was diagnosed…

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Back to PA – Locust Lake State Park

Back to PA – Locust Lake State Park

After wrapping up our tour through Vermont, we steered the RV west back into New York for a brief stop at Love Apple Farm before venturing onward to Locust Lake State Park in Pennsylvania. Love Apple Farm features pick-your-own fruit from the expansive orchard of apple, peach, plum, and cherry trees, as well as a large farm market with local produce, meats, cheeses, and freshly baked goods. After a delicious lunch at the cafe, we stocked up on fresh fruits…

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Stowe VT and Emerald Lake State Park

Stowe VT and Emerald Lake State Park

Driving the RV, as opposed to either of our former small to average-sized cars, has been a bit of an adjustment but not as drastic a change as I originally anticipated. As soon as you get used to the physical size and increased stopping distance, you’re pretty much good to go – paying constant attention, of course, to other drivers and pedestrians. We’ve only encountered one overpass (so far) on a back country road that was too short for the…

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Whetstone Gulf State Park – Lowville NY

Whetstone Gulf State Park – Lowville NY

Located along a three-mile long gorge, Whetstone Gulf State Park features a small campground with 62 sites (24 of which are electric). The sites are all very spacious and mostly wooded, with two picnic tables per site as well as a stone campfire pit. The campground offers flush toilets and hot showers, a single washer/dryer room ($1 per wash/$2 per dry), a designated swimming area and beach, and easy access to a few hiking trails including a five-mile loop around…

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Along the Shores of Seneca Lake

Along the Shores of Seneca Lake

As we talked with more and more people about our travel plan to drive through the Finger Lakes, nearly everyone who had visited the area told us not to miss Watkins Glen. We weren’t originally planning to stop in the Glen because our planned route took us around rather than through the southern end of Seneca Lake. Earlier in the summer we booked five nights at Sampson State Park, which is roughly 25 miles north of Watkins Glen. Because we…

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First Taste of the Finger Lakes

First Taste of the Finger Lakes

Driving into the Finger Lakes region for the first time was an oddly familiar experience for two people raised in and around Pennsylvania farm towns. If not for the road signs proving that we were indeed in the state of New York, the area could easily be mistaken for Cross Roads, Fawn Grove, Sidman, or any other area with a strong farming backbone. That is, until you see the first winery, followed quickly by a second, then a third, maybe…

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