Why Should Earth Day Be Just One Day?

I agree with oh, so many people, that Earth Day must become everyday. We have a gorgeous planet but we won’t if we keep abusing it.
One way to honor our Earth is to enjoy nature in all its wonder. Here are just a few photos taken during my family’s numerous camping trips. Enjoy!
Allegheny National Forest

Allegheny National Forest – Thunder Rocks

Allegheny National Forest – Thunder Rocks & my son

Cooper’s Rock State Park (WV) & my son

Cooper’s Rock Overlook

Wind farm (NY)

Letchworth State Park (NY)

Letchworth State Park (NY)

Ohiopyle State Park (PA) – Cucumber Falls & my other son

Ohiopyle State Park (PA) natural waterslide

I hope these photos encourage you to get out and enjoy nature for yourself. It’s good for us to go “off the grid” once and awhile to recharge our inner batteries.

Share some of the places or activities you’ve enjoyed…

 

Photo Challenge: Solitude

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is all about solitude, enjoying time alone. I not only enjoy my times of solitude, I need solitude to stay sane. To me, everyday life responsibilities are like riding a roller coaster and sometimes you just want a break from it all and get off to recharge your batteries. My times of solitude let me do just that.

boulders

I love being in the woods, the more remote the better. It’s like you’ve stepped into a different world. Time slows, you breath deeper and you treasure every minute.

camper

We love to go camping at the state parks. They tend to be more wooded, with more spacious sites than the private campgrounds. Some of our best camping trips were when the park was less crowded. You could pretend all the woods belonged to you and civilization was miles away.

Any other camping-lovers out there? Campers are some of the nicest people we’ve ever met.

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Photo Challenge: Nature’s Beauty

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is entitled Landscape.

I love to take photos of landscapes, especially in nature. My family does a lot of camping at state parks where we hike, kayak, etc. So here are a couple landscape photos from our trips.

 

 

Niagara Falls, New York

Our recent anniversary trip to Niagara Falls, New York.

 

Cooper's Rock State park, West Virginia

Cooper’s Rock State park, West Virginia

 

creek

Letchworth State Park, New York

 

I love cityscapes, but to me the most awe-inspiring landscapes are in nature 🙂

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Camping Anyone?

This week the Daily Post weekly photo challenge is Optimistic. “How do you fuel the fires of optimism?”

I too am deep in the middle of a Northern winter which can cause cabin-fever and sleepiness in people like me who prefer the sun and warmth of the rest of the year. So every January, while the snowplows clear the roads and the bulldozers remove the snow piles which are so high they block the driver’s view of traffic…

snow on deck

I get out a new calendar, my Old Farmer’s Almanac and a map to plan our season of camping trips. I grew up camping with my family so naturally my husband and I began camping and continued while raising our two sons. We even took along nephews and friends of the boys so it was loads of fun! Even now, with one boy done with college and one just starting they bring their girlfriends along. Good thing they picked girls who like to do things outdoors 🙂

Here are a few photos from various camping trips over the years.

Niagara Falls, New York

Niagara Falls, NY

 

Cooper's Rock State Park WV

I love this guy! Cooper’s Rock State Park, WV

 

Allegheny State Park, NY

Thunder Rocks at Allegheny State Park, NY

 

Letchworth State Park, NY

Letchworth State Park, NY

 

Ohiopyle State Park, PA

Climbing up under the falls at Ohiopyle State Park, PA

camper

Our summer home

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: My Happy Place

Wow, this weekly photo challenge from The Daily Post is right up my alley! I love to show my happy places.

I love camping in the woods and this is in Cooper’s Rock State Park in West Virginia. Naturally, while camping we do a lot of hiking where your only companions are the trees, flowers and wildlife. So peaceful. No traffic noises, no crowds.

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Cooper's Rock, WV Camping Trip 008

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I love this guy!

I love this guy!

Anyone else love to hike or camp?

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