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The Great Outdoors

Hello, Monday! This weekend Tom and I joined four friends for a camping trip in Worthington State Forest here in NJ. I had little to absolutely no cell service for two nights and it was GLORIOUS. Cold, but glorious. With the news running in my house non-stop last week, a weekend away from it all was welcomed and so so necessary. I spent quite a bit of time planning for the cold on this trip, and I think I did OK! Not going to lie, when I found out when we were going, I almost backed out. I do not like being cold at all, and the thought of sleeping outside in November almost made me run. What I got to get through it was: A two-person sleeping bag for lower temperatures. Ours was rated for 35-45 degrees. It was plenty warm for the weather we had. I also bought an insulated blanket that we kept inside of the sleeping bag which helped a lot. I bought a battery operated air mattress to keep us …

Vacation Day Dream: Salem, Massachusetts

My sister and I have a running tradition of going on a special sister vacation together each year, though since the birth of my nephews that’s been put on a brief little pause. A few summers ago we decided to take a trek up to Boston, and do a day in Salem. Well, we ended up spending the majority of our time in Salem because we loved it so much. Unfortunately it was not during Halloween, because I don’t fair well in crowds, BUT we still had a spooky time and I loved every bit of it. One of my favorite things to do on trips when I can is a ghost tour. I love them! We did one of these (and there are many in Salem) but we took ours with Witch City Walking Tours. The guide was so knowledgable of the area and its history. It was not cheesy in any way (we did see some that were, which can be fun but just isn’t for me). The history of the witch trials …

A Special Place

I think we picked the worst week weather-wise to be on a stay-cation. It rained 90% of the week, but we did manage to get out and enjoy one little day of sun. We took a ride down to Barnegat Lighthouse, which is pretty close to wear we live. It’s something we like to do at least once a year, especially post-Labor Day, AKA “Local Summer.” While I skipped the beach this year due to COVID, I utilized my little watermelon pool instead, I missed being down near the ocean. I was hoping to get a nice beach day in this week, but it just didn’t work out and that’s OK. If you’re taking a trip to Barnegat Light, though, be prepared to wear masks while you’re in the park. The lighthouse itself is closed, as well as bathrooms and the visitor center. We still had a nice day out in the park, and it was easy for us to social distance because we stayed away from the pathways. I try not to take for …

N.J. All Day: Franklin Parker Preserve

I’ve been living in New Jersey for 25 of my 31 years now and I am still finding new places to explore here. I used to be jealous of my friends on the West Coast for having year-round sunshine and exquisite hikes, and while we are all probably Vitamin D deficient on the East Coast, we still have access to a lot of beautiful places. Over the weekend we took a hike with some friends to Franklin Parker Preserve in Chatsworth, NJ. One of the best parts of being in the Pine Barrens is there’s a lot of woods to play in, also the Jersey Devil. Folks down here are extremely proud of Jersey Devil lore, and almost everyone knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who swears they had a run in with it. If you’re unfamiliar, the Pine Barrens is an immense ecosystem of unique sandy, acidic pine forests that covers nearly 25% of the state. It’s one of the three remaining on the East Coast, and NJ is home to the …

Vacation Daydreaming: The Grand Canyon

While I’ve been home, I like looking back on the times I went out in the world. Often, I think about wandering around Home Goods, but I like to think about the trips Tom and I have taken over the last few years. It gives me hope that there is an end to this and it gets me thinking about where I want to go next when this is all over.

California Dreamin’

I just (well, two weeks ago) came back from my first trip to the West Coast and seriously, it was the loveliest little winter getaway. Winters in New Jersey can be dreadful, although this one was fairly mild. Even still, I wasn’t taking chances and decided to book a trip out to California to visit friends and get some much-needed sunshine.