Month: June 2012

Kittatiny Canoe Rafting & Camping: Literally the Easiest Trip To Plan & Execute

Whenever I tell people that my friends and I have an annual camping/rafting trip to New York, the reactions are usually somewhere along the lines of “wow you guys are hardcore” or “I’d never be able to rough it for a weekend and do whitewater.”  Occasionally I let whoever I’m talking to think I’m some backwoods

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Down the Shore Everything’s Alright: A Day in Sea Isle City

In Defense of the Jersey Shore I’m still in severe recovery mode from my annual trip to Sea Isle City, New Jersey as I type this.  I have a slight Irish tan (read: semi severe burn) on my shoulders, no voice, a ringing in ears that will not stop, severe dehydration (from both sun and

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Mines & Meadows: Western PA ATV Tours

Anyone familiar with PA’s coal region should know that Anthracite coal was essentially the reason for both the region’s rise and downfall.  Even though miles of mines run underneath North Eastern Pennsylvania, the entrances to the majority of these mines are sealed.  The poorly sealed entrance to one sat in the woods below where I

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Jetskiing NEPA

It’s currently 99 degrees in Lancaster.  It’s 10:50 in the morning.  I like hot weather, but this is borderline not ok.  I considered driving the two hours to NEPA for some pool action, but my mother informed me it is still brown.  I now will not return to NEPA until I hear reports of crystal clear water

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Summer Plans

I feel like it’s officially summer now.  Even though I got out of school on June 8th, last week was spent grading papers, cleaning out my classroom, and then traveling first to good old NEPA for some errands/appointments.  This weekend was spent in Philly for my sister’s graduation from Drexel.  Not a ton to report

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PA’s Ghost Town: Hiking in Centralia

Ghost Town’s in PA? “Jungleland” was playing on the radio as I pulled up the hill towards Centralia.  It seemed an appropriate song.  Supposedly Pennyslvania’s forests, though far from jungle-like, had taken over the small former mining community of Centralia.  The lyrics, “Outside the streets on fire in a real death waltz Between flesh and what’s fantasy”

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Firefly Music Fest

So I have a wishlist of concerst I want to see.  Some are unrealistic (Sinatra, Queen) and some I hope to be able to check off my list sooner than later (Gaslight Anthem, John Mellancamp, The Pogues).  Number one on my concert wish list is The Killers.  Hot Fuss and Sam’s Town are two of

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Clothing Optional….Proceed at Your Own Risk

When I was in 7th grade my parents took us to Martha’s Vineyard for summer vacation.  I’d post pictures, but I was going through a really unfortunate Sun-In stage at the time.  Martha’s Vineyard is legit.  If you haven’t ever been, plan on doing so.  It’s got the classiness of Cape Cod, with some of the

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Summerland Tour at Bethel Woods

Have you heard of the Summerland Tour yet?   I’d been vaguely aware of it’s existence for some time; essentially it’s a group of quintessential 90’s musicians going on tour together.  I remember someone telling me about excitedly, how it would basically be the soundtrack to my 5th and 6th grade years, but that tickets cost upwards of $80.00. 

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