White Cliffs of Conoy – #OPTOUTSIDE 2017

Another Black Friday – another year I chose to  Opt Outside.  It has become a tradition to take my nephew and now that I have ANOTHER nephew I figured he could join the fun!  I wanted something fairly easy as I was going to be carrying my youngest nephew on my back in one of those packs plus walking JoJo who is always frisky this time of year due to the cold weather.  I also wanted to go somewhere I had never seen before.  I had read about the White Cliffs of Conoy awhile ago, but never got a chance to check them out so I decided that would be our destination! My dad, both nephews, JoJo and I headed out to the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail and parked at the trailhead in Bainbridge, PA.

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GIVEAWAY 2016

It’s that time again!  Last year I found so many cute ornaments on Etsy and had so much fun doing a giveaway that I decided to reach out to a few different shops this year and do the same thing – so here are the adorable ornaments I found this year!  Instructions for the giveaway will be at the end of this post!  🙂  Click on the shop names to check out more items from their Etsy stores!  All the items are handmade and one of a kind – a perfect gift for the adventurer in your life!

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V-Bar-V Heritage Site

I absolutely love petroglyphs (pictures carved into rock – most are so old no one knows what they mean anymore).  There are some amazing petroglyphs in Red Rock Canyon and Vally of Fire which I have seen on other trips to the Arizona/Nevada area so when I was planning a trip to Flagstaff I decided to see if there were any close by.

I found the V bar V heritage site which was about 45 minutes away.  The area used to be a ranch and in 1994 became part of the Coconino National Forest to preserve the petroglyphs.  The site was easy to find – we parked in the lot and headed down to the visitors center to get a parking pass ($5).

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Humphreys Peak – 1st Attempt

After I flew into Las Vegas my BFF Jen picked me up from the airport and we drove to Flagstaff, AZ to spend a few days of sightseeing.  On the list of planned activities was hiking Humphreys Peak.  We were up before the sun and headed out to the trailhead which was only about a 15 min drive from Flagstaff.  The sun was just coming up as we started down the trail at 6am – I was seriously wishing I had some gloves as it was a little chilly, but I knew it would warm up as the day went on.

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early am start at the trailhead

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Centralia’s Graffiti Highway

On the way back from my camping trip to Watkins Glen we stopped off in Centralia, PA –  this is a whole town that was evacuated due to a fire that started in the Coal Mine below.  The fire has been burning since 1962.  Some people didn’t want to leave, but eventually most of them were forced out.  I am always surprised at how many people come to see this — well — area of nothing but shrubs, weeds and cemeteries – there was even a person selling hotdogs at a stand on the side of the main road (that’s a new one).

You can wander around the abandoned roads and hope to see smoke that still escapes from the cracks in the pavement and dirt to this day, although to be honest each time I go there, there is less and less smoke visible.  We didn’t see any on this hot summer day.  I am going to go back in the winter because supposedly you can see it better then so I’ll talk more about the town in that post.

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Old stone fence in Centralia, PA

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