Watkins Glen State Park

View of Rainbow Falls from the front of the Gorge Trail at Watkins Glen State Park, New York

Watkins Glen is a model of what New York State Parks has to offer and it lives up to its reputation leaving visitors spellbound.

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The Burgundy Zine #5-Be Present-Culture

The Burgundy Zine asked me to submit a feature article that would fit their 5th issue—Be Present-Culture. It is such an honor to be invited back to this digital publication. After some thought about what it currently means for me to “be present” and the current meaning of “culture,” I could think of no better topic than Tiny Living.

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Tiny Living- Is Van Life For Us?

VW classic van, poposky

I can remember when I could fit all of my belongings into the back of my car. Of course, I was seventeen at the time. Things have really changed since then. Now I have decades of keepsakes, photo albums, and cumulative collections of things I enjoy. Add in business endeavors, two marriages, two grown children, and a few dogs; and you have a lot of items in your living space. Downsizing to a tiny home was challenging enough, but can I downsize more to enjoy life in a van?

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Grandfather Mountain, NC

View Grandfather Mountain from Mile High Swinging Bridge, North Carolina

Family adventures always include at least one special thing that we want to experience or enjoy, but Grandfather Mountain surprised us with four—otters, bears, a skybridge, and the highest peak in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Needless to say, everyone in the family was satisfied.

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Axe Throwing! in Brooklyn, NY

Two Viking costumed at Kick Axe Throwing

Our family loves to find new and exciting things to do and axe throwing really caught our attention. When we heard there was a place in New York City that would allow us to throw axes, we could not resist! We booked a session at Kick Axe Throwing right away.

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Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Hiker standing on edge Gertrude’s Nose, Minnewaska Preserve, New York

New York State Parks keep amazing us with their abundant waterfalls, mountains, hiking, and gorgeous scenic views! On our quest to explore more of the state’s natural wonders, we planned a visit to Minnewaska State Park Preserve in the Hudson Valley– New York’s largest state preserve at 22,000 acres! Our spring visit was full of rushing waters, icy rocks, snowy foot paths, and a frozen lake. Our summer visit was a motivating exploration of the trails that led us to the highest scenic overlooks.

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Sunshine Blogger Award

Sunshine Blogger Award Sunflowers

This aptly named award is given as a way to promote community by recognizing those who inspire creativity, positivity, and who bring sunshine to the blogging community and their readership.

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Blogger Recognition Award

Blogger recognition award knot created by Emily Mae Hood

I am honored to receive the Blogger Recognition Award. Please accept my version of the logo as a symbol of my appreciation. The knot is a symbol to bind or connect in life. It is also a symbol of good luck and good things to come.

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Marineland, FL

boy and bottlenose dolphin doing flipper handshake, Marineland, Florida

This oceanfront playground promotes the preservation and protection of marine life through programs in their oceanarium with bottlenose dolphins. Our family had the privilege of spending an afternoon here and we made an “ocean of memories.”

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