A New Zip Code (again!)

The last few weeks have flown by as we made, what seems like our annual tradition, another move! We enjoyed our year in central PA, and we certainly had some cool experiences while exploring this part of the country: Tractor Square Dancing, Troegs Brewery, Ricketts Glenn State Park, the Grand Canyon of PA, the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, learning to brew our own beer, and a slew of new recipes and yummy treats. It was a great year.

Now we are starting to settle into our new home: Western PA! Another side of the Keystone State.

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To be honest, we are getting a little too comfortable packing up boxes and driving large trucks and then unpacking everything again, but I always like the excitement and nervous feeling of starting out in a new place. It means find new gems, like a great bakery or new park, while at the same time getting lost and trying to figure out a new doctor and mechanic and all those everyday kind of things. But, the boxes are all unpacked (thank goodness!) and to celebrate we did what always makes us happy: We hit the trail.

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It seems like the best way for us to settle in and start enjoying a new place. So, two weekends ago we set out for McConnells Mill State park and spent the day hiking. We last hiked at this state park in college so it has been a few years, but my favorite parts of it remained unchanged. The trails still run right along the rushing river and the water’s constant lullaby still makes me feel relaxed and refreshed.

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We hiked and ate lunch on a patch of sunny rocks and skipped rocks. My kind of afternoon. I love the huge boulders that dot the landscape here, bunched along the river’s edge and scattered on the hillside. The woods were green and cool, and we spotted a bright orange salamander, a snake, and a tad pole.

A good way to kick off the beginning of a new chapter in our journey.

Cheers!

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3 Comments on “A New Zip Code (again!)”

  1. If you move to Ohio next, check out Hocking Hills State Park, and the Buckeye Trail. Western PA, though, is full of beautiful spots, from Presque Isle, near Erie, to the mountains and ravines around Washington and Waynesboro.

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  2. casacaudill says:

    I found your blog through a series of pictures you posted during your time in Alaska (we’re going there next spring), and of course I had to keep reading. I see you’re now in Western PA – we lived there for 8 years, with both of us having attended college in Pittsburgh (me Pitt, him CMU). If you get a chance, Cook Forest is a pretty good spot for camping in the late fall. A little further away, we also liked Prince Gallitzen (sp?).

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