Hershberger Ranch – Shenandoah National Park

Hershberger Ranch – Shenandoah National Park

Written by Tony Lavato   The air is getting chillier, hints of woodsmoke can be detected when the breeze is right. Is there a more nostalgia inducing smell than woodsmoke? One whiff and you’re back forty years around a campfire with those old friends you vowed to keep up with but never see anymore. (Call them!) Or snug in a cabin while snowflakes fly outside the window and the fire is warm and cozy. Here…

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Travel at Home – Hiking Shenandoah National Park

Travel at Home – Hiking Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah, The Piedmont, The Blue Ridge; names that conjure visions of wilderness, log cabins and the old Frontier. All these are true but there is so much more to see and explore here. Walk a path into Shenandoah National Park and you hike into wilderness and history, natural wonders and relics of the past. The Park Shenandoah National Park (The Park) lies west of the Nation’s Capitol, about an hour and a half removed from…

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Little Devil’s Stairs – Outskirts of the Shenandoah

Little Devil’s Stairs – Outskirts of the Shenandoah

I enjoy hiking, but I am not a hiker. Living among the mountains, getting up onto a lookout or sitting by a creek and tiny waterfalls reminds me of the times I lived by the ocean – in those cases sitting on the surfboard just past the breaking of the waves. So far I’ve only hiked with family and friends. We’ve come upon so many hikers walking the entire trail – 2,200 miles – between…

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Road Trip Across America – Mile 1

Road Trip Across America – Mile 1

We packed light. The Honda Accord had just gone through a $1400 investment – most of the parts on it dated back to the original,¬†and after 16 years, belts, tubes, and tires needed to be replaced. The car had exactly 140,000 miles on it (we timed when we took the reading because the number was a good one to start on), which was pretty low for a 2000. It was 8 am on August 1st,…

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