Ives Run Campground

Ives Run Campground

As we departed the Loleta Recreation Area, our journey took us out of the Allegheny National Forest before connecting to PA Route 6, named by National Geographic as “one of America’s most scenic drives.” We passed a sign for Route 666 (cue the AC/DC music in the background), saw a place called Inferno Tattoo, kept driving past a sign for Burning Well, definitely did not stop at the Wolf Den Motel, and soon wondered where exactly this scenic route was…

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Loleta Recreation Area, Allegheny National Forest

Loleta Recreation Area, Allegheny National Forest

Located at the southern edge of the Allegheny National Forest, the Loleta Recreation Area is one of 43 designated recreation areas inside the national forest, with facilities ranging from simple boat launch ramps to full campgrounds with electric hookups and modern bathhouses. The Loleta area features 38 campsites between two loops, with the non-electric campsites in the upper loop recommended for tents and small RVs, and the electric campsites in the lower loop suitable for tents and RVs up to…

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Portage, Raystown, and Beyond

Portage, Raystown, and Beyond

Boaters on Raystown Lake speak of a legend with the nickname “Raystown”, a man seemingly capable of repairing anything with an engine. The legend stems from his ability on the water and the origin of his houseboat, a vessel he acquired and then completely overhauled and repaired to once again make it lakeworthy (you can read the whole story here). On one weekend in July, we were lucky enough to spend a couple of days on the lake with the…

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The Sun Sets on Our Time in Sidman

The Sun Sets on Our Time in Sidman

As the last of the Fourth of July fireworks once again fade into memory, our time in Sidman quickly draws to a close. We’ve nearly finalized our travel plans through Labor Day weekend as these first few days of July slip by, and while we’re anxious to hit the road again, we remain reluctant to actually leave. The past few weeks were well-spent reconnecting with family, lending a helping hand when possible, and forging new stories to tell around future…

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Of Thunder and Floods – Johnstown PA

Of Thunder and Floods – Johnstown PA

Nestled in a deep valley at the confluence of the Little Conemaugh and Stonycreek River, Johnstown PA stands as a testament to the tenacity and resilience of early settlers and the American industrial complex.  Settled in 1770 by German immigrants, Johnstown was originally named “Schantzstadt” in 1800 but the name quickly became anglicized to the modern version.  Over the first half of the 19th century, the city grew into a thriving port and transfer point along the Pennsylvania Main Line…

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Exploring Bedford and Cambria Counties

Exploring Bedford and Cambria Counties

Thanks for joining us today – we’d like to start by inviting you along for a virtual stroll down the winding country lane into the small town of Sidman PA.  Don’t worry about packing a snack, we’ll have a couple of treats along the way.  Just stay on the left side of the road and be careful around the corners.  Ready to go?  Our first stop will be a short hiking trail along Laurel Run on the east side of…

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Blue Knob State Park

Blue Knob State Park

Probably best known as a skiing destination, Blue Knob State Park is home to the second tallest mountain in Pennsylvania.  While the elevation of 3,146 feet pales in comparison to the mountain ranges in the west of the country, the trip into the park was an adequate warm-up for Cecil’s first drive into the “mountains”. Ashley grew up close to Blue Knob and spent many snowy days on the slopes learning to ski and snowboard as a wee youngster.  She…

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Yardsurfing through Franklin County

Yardsurfing through Franklin County

Ashley and I first met in Chambersburg PA, where we both started (and finished) our office careers after graduating college. We were lucky enough to meet many friendly people there, both in and out of the office, and we’ve tried to stay in touch – to varying degrees of success – over the years since we left. As we headed to the western part of Pennsylvania, we knew we wanted to stop in Chambersburg and the surrounding area to catch…

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Unique Visits with Harvest Hosts

Unique Visits with Harvest Hosts

While researching and planning our transition to the RV lifestyle, we stumbled across a variety of camping clubs and travel organizations.  Most of these clubs offer discounts on a specific network of private campgrounds throughout the country, or in campgrounds within a designated region.  Often these clubs have restrictions on the time of year you can use your membership, or limit your length of stay.  While we might end up using one of these memberships in the future, we currently…

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Codorus State Park

Codorus State Park

Located outside of Hanover PA, Codorus State Park is a haven for boaters, anglers, and hopeful eagle-spotters alike. The park surrounds and includes Lake Marburg, which features a marina with various boat rentals, as well as docking slips. The lake is man-made, and you can read about the history of Codorus and Lake Marburg here if you’re interested. The park is also known for being the location of the popular Hanover bald eagle nest, which can be viewed on various digital…

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