Passamaquoddy Loop Hike in Shenandoah National Park

Happy 100th birthday, National Park Service!

How nice! Instead of expecting a gift from its guests, NPS gave a gift to the public: free admission at national parks.

Hubby and I took advantage of the free entry by visiting Shenandoah National Park for a hike.


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Why do I Try to Grow Tomatoes in Virginia


It’s a steamy August here in the mid Atlantic, and the garden is still plugging along. Some great production and some not so great — the cucumbers are slowing down, the onions were tiny, the garlic harvest was great, and the peppers have flourished.

The tomatoes… well, they’re hanging in there! I try to […]

Roaring Run Hike Near Roanoke

roaring run

On a recent visit with my sister in Roanoke, we were blessed with a beautiful clear morning after a week of very hot and humid weather.

My active sister suggested we take a short hike at Roaring Run, a beautiful little 1.5 mile round-trip hike about an hour from her home. I had […]

Celebrating Small Business Saturday in the Shenandoah Valley

Where did you spend your money this holiday season? While ThinkGeek received its normal fair share, we try to support our local businesses as much as we can. We visited only a few of those businesses on Small Business Saturday.

We started at The Christmas Gallery in New Market, Virginia, where I like to go yearly […]

A Few of The Things My Daddy Taught Me

Me and Daddy

We lost Daddy this week after a three-year battle with cancer.

I’m heart broken, and my eyes are puffy, and I can’t breathe through my nose, but amid all of the tears, something wonderful happened. The people he knows came together with family to share stories of a man who influenced […]