Anniversary Trip Part iii

After a great night’s sleep at the Chateau we got ready for our third hike of the weekend at Camelback Mountain for our anniversary trip (see the first two parts of the trip here and here).

We drove to the parking lot through some crazy fog and had a great laugh about the “enjoy the view” signs, we could barely see each other!

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We decided since it was so hard to see that we should wear our headlamps to light the path / make us more visible. It was definitely a good idea.

Following the directions in the book, we went by a fire tower and the following conversation (which is so accurate to our personalities) ensued:
Morgan: I don’t really want to go up there, but you can
Rex: Do you not want to go up because of the heights or the rule breaking?
Morgan: Both

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Once we got on the trail the fog seemed to lessen and we came to a spot with a book to write in for hikers. Clearly we wrote in about our adventures for the weekend.

Then we did some hiking through the fog.

dscf1765We eventually thought we saw “the best vista of the Poconos” but couldn’t be sure because of the fog.

Then some more hiking happened and we were pretty sure we found the “best vista”

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It wasn’t until (the sun came out) and we got to the spot that we realized how wrong we were.

This actually was the best! And to top it off, we could see Barley Creek from the mountain.

At the end of the hike we stopped by the Honeymoon rock that we had visited the morning after our wedding to say hi again (and saw a snake on the way).

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Post hiking we refueled at Billy’s Pocono Diner and found out it is BYOB, score! Beer and pancakes.

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Then we headed to see Serene Green Bluegrass (no pictures) at the Easton Riverside Festival and hit up Hugh Moore Park for some more rootbeer and hammocking before heading home.

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Overall it was a wonderful anniversary trip/weekend and I am so happy to have a husband who also thinks that hiking/camping is the best way to spend the time

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Anniversary Trip pt2

Yesterday, I left you guys when we were getting in the car to head to Ricketts Glen State Park. (if you didn’t see the post, you can find it here). After a pretty sweet ride through various small towns in PA, we ended up at the parking lot that we thought we were supposed to park at for the hike.

We were super hungry and decided we should just eat before setting off to see the falls. I told Rex I was going to cook in one place, but saw a much better spot and headed there.

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I didn’t realize the spot was actually the top of Adam’s Falls and Rex was quite confused to see me in a different spot. But it was an awesome place to eat lunch and see our second falls of the day.

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We decided to do a little exploring of Adam’s Falls before heading back to the car to get our boots and head off to see the additional 21 falls at Ricketts Glen.

From there we started on the rest of the hike, which was awesome. In true Pennsylvania fashion there were definitely a lot of rocks (and rock staircases), but it was well worth it. Instead of recapping all of the falls, here are some sweet pictures of the falls before we hit the Highland Trail.

We then went on the Highland Trail and through the Midway Crevasse.

After the Midway Crevasse we hit the last half of the falls. Again, I am going to go the picture route. If you want to know more about them, check out Ricketts Glen’s website.

When we finished the hike we hopped back into the car to head to the Poconos for a night’s stay at the Chateau and to grab some dinner at Barley Creek Brewery. We enjoyed the beer and played a little wiffle ball where we got married.

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The next morning we got up and ready for our next hike… To be continued

Anniversary Trip Part 1

For our 1 year anniversary, Rex and I decided to take a nice camping trip over the weekend. We have been itching to go to Ricketts Glen State Park and thought it would be the perfect opportunity. The original plan was to go to Ricketts Glen on Saturday, hike and camp there over night and then do a hike at Camelback mountain before hitting Barley Creek Brewery where we got married on Sunday before heading home. Long story short, our original plan didn’t quite work out. BUT we improvised and managed to add in another hike, a hotel stay, and a concert, so I think we came out ahead.

Friday night after work we packed the car and headed up to Hickory Run State Park. The park is about halfway between our house and Ricketts Glen, they had campsites available for Friday, AND there are a few hikes from the book in the park.

Once we arrived, we set up camp and got to work on finding firewood (him) / cooking dinner (her). We sat around the fire listening to tunes and enjoying some delicious root beer for a few hours before calling it a night.

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In the morning we made a wonderful breakfast with bacon, eggs, potatoes, peppers, onions, and avocados to fuel us for the day we had in store.

We then set off to hike Hawk Falls, which was beautiful and a great appetizer for all of the falls we would be seeing just a few hours later.

After Hawk Falls we got back into the car for our drive to Ricketts Glen, which I will recap tomorrow since this is already getting a little wordy.

Leap Year Love

I’ve gone back and forth a million times on how to write this post. No blog post seems sufficient to express my love for my husband and how happy I am to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. It has been a crazy 366 days! [How cool we got an extra day in our first year of marriage #leapyear]

We went on a crazy honeymoon to Jamaica where we fulfilled Rex’s goal to jump off of something into water at Blue Hole.

Got into a new hobby of brewing beer.

 

Started on our “Hike of the Week” adventure.

Set up our hammocks in a blizzard where we couldn’t drive on the roads for days.

Finally made it to Colorado to see Arthur & Lydia weeks before they moved.

Moved from VA to PA.

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Went to some local sporting events.

Made friends with the bird who lived in the tree outside of our house.

Saw much bluegrass music at concerts and festivals.

Started a garden

Went on an epic anniversary trip

and, as I vowed just a year ago- ate tacos almost every Thursday.

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I can’t wait to see what the next year has in store for us.

I love you ❤

Halfway Mark

I love goals. As a child/teenager, I always had goals I was working toward in swimming and in school. When I graduated college and was working at lululemon and ivivva my love of goals fit in perfectly with the culture (everyone has and publicly posts their 1, 5, and 10 year goals). Now, I still have goals and am using the blog and my Get to Work Book to keep track of them.

I think it is a good idea to check-in on your goals periodically to see how you are progressing and what needs to be done / modified to make sure you are keeping on track. That being said, today is my halfway check-in for September.

Hikes
Goal: 4
Completed: 2 – Park Crawl and Mariton Wildlife Sanctuary
Plans / Notes: This weekend Rex and I are going on a hiking/camping adventure to celebrate our 1 year anniversary. We plan to do three separate hikes over the weekend, so that will put me over goal! Wahoo

Meetups / Events
Goal: 3
Completed: 0
Plans / Notes: Homebrew Club meeting. I need to do some work on this one. I have 1 schedule, but I have been and will be working a bunch of events at night that will cut into it. I may count the aerial yoga class as one because the point is getting out and doing something fun.

Blogging
Goal: 13
Completed: This post is 8
Plans / Notes: There will be some hiking posts, book reviews, and some other fun stuff. I am on track and quite pleased.

Reading
Goal: 5 books
Completed: 5
Plans / Notes: I have just finished my fifth book this month and have upped my goal to 7. I’ll be posting all about my reading life on the 28th if you’re curious what I have been reading.

Favorite Whole30 Recipes

Not going to lie, 30 days with no sugar, dairy, grain, legumes, and alcohol can be challenging. BUT, if you have recipes that are good enough to eat even when you haven’t ditched all the bad stuff, it becomes much more fun.

(If you’d like more info about whole30, you can check it out here. Rex and I did our first in March and have kept a lot of the principles in our daily diets.)

Here are some of our favorite recipes that are whole30:

Shepherd’s Pie: I usually double the recipe because Rex loves it so much. Very excited for it to get a little cooler so I don’t mind having the oven on to bake it.

Peruvian Chicken: The recipe has sugar, but I swap in a splash of orange juice instead and it works. I usually make it with thighs instead of a whole chicken (I really hate trying to cut up/ serve whole chicken). If we are really wanting the authentic experience, I make Yucca Fries with them.

Walnut Crusted Chicken Tenders: Sometimes you just really want crunchy chicken and this is the move.

Mustard Lime Chicken: Fun fact, I didn’t like mustard until we started the Whole30. Now, I love it 🙂

Layered Taco Casserole: I haven’t actually made this yet because my last few bags of avocados decided to not get ripe in a timely fashion, but I have 100% faith that it will be awesome when I do.

Burgers: Everyone loves a burger and there are endless possibilities. My favorites are Hawaiian Chicken Burgers (add pineapple, red pepper, and onion to the chicken meat), Turkey Burgers with Apple and Sage, and “Breakfast Burgers” where I fry an egg and some bacon to top the burger.

Carnitas: I told you guys in my favorite crock pot recipes post how much I love them, but the fact that they are whole30 makes me love them even more. I usually make them with plantain tortillas.

If you have any favorite whole3o recipes, I would love to hear them in the comments 🙂

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Apple Festival

Over the weekend Rex’s parents came to visit and we had a wonderful time. Saturday was hot hot hot so we took it easy (medi-pedi for the girls, watching football for the boys) and Sunday when it was cooler out we went to Burnside Plantation for the Apple Festival.

We got to taste the winning entry for the gluten-free apple dessert (note to self: enter next year since there was only one entry).There was an animal demonstration from the Wildlands Conservancy where we saw snakes, owls, and a skunk.

We got to act as horses to move the high horse power wheel that was used for separating grain. img_6996

We saw the summer kitchen and tasted some dried apple schnitz.

We also got to play old games

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Rex is way better at the hoop game than me

On our way out we watched a blacksmith demonstration and found out that there is an intro to blacksmithing class that is taught just a few blocks from home.

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I also did not get a single picture of an apple