Sunflowers for Wishes

For one week every July in Griswold, Connecticut there is magic happening at Buttonwood Farms! They harvest over 14 acres of gorgeous sunflowers to benefit the Make A Wish Foundation. It is one of the coolest things I have ever seen! Continue reading “Sunflowers for Wishes”

“It was June and the world smelled of roses.”

The first out of state camping trip of the season! I had been longing to get back to Emerald Lake in Vermont since my first visit 2 years ago when we stayed at arguably the best site in the whole park (’s #69). It was off season and we were one of three campsites occupied; such privacy was a rare occurrence. Memorial Day weekend brought tons of visitors; I think every site was full. Continue reading ““It was June and the world smelled of roses.””

Autumn in Virginia

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” -John Muir

Concluding the celebration of the National Parks 100th year anniversary, Shenandoah was the third and final park on our agenda for 2016. Every time I visit one of these beautiful places I never think it’s long enough. I always yearn to stay another day, catch another sunset, or muscle through another hike. Visting Shenandoah was no different. Continue reading “Autumn in Virginia”

Not-So-Radical Wanderlust

“It’s hard to go. It’s scary and lonely…and half the time you’ll be wondering why the hell you’re in Cincinnati or Austin or North Dakota or Mongolia or wherever your melodious little finger-plucking heinie takes you. There will be boondoggles and discombobulated days, freaked-out nights and metaphorical flat tires. But it will be soul-smashingly beautiful… It will open up your life.” -Cheryl Strayed Continue reading “Not-So-Radical Wanderlust”