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Freelance writer and photographer, helping travelers #getoutside while exploring America. Based in #Vermont. @guidingeyes puppy raiser. #travel #camping

Location Bennington, Vermont New England
Country United States of America
Member Since NOVEMBER 06, 2018
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I met this guy at @nettlemeadowfarm . Not only do they make amazing award-winning cheese, but they run a farm sanctuary for elderly, unwanted, and differently abled animals. The critters and people I met were so wonderful.

If you need me, I’ll be over here at @huttopiacanadausa in the @lakegeorgearea. It’s supposed to rain for the next few days, so this may be a real staycation!

Still zinnia season 💕

Since Autumn is so short in real life, I’m going to start sprinkling fall photos into my gallery from past years. This is was taken on October 5, 2015 - the first year I became an official leaf peeper with my camera.

Late summer in Vermont. Gotta slow down and give it the attention it deserves!

Happy Birthday to my favorite oldest son and my sweet forever pup! Malinda turned 2 yesterday and Rowan is somehow 22 years old today - the age I was when he was born!!

This summer has been the most humid and oppressive that I can remember! I always love fall, but this year, I am actually counting down the days!! I need cool breezes, crunchy leaves, and views like this. What about you?

It’s been several months since Malinda left us to return to Guiding Eyes to start her official training. . Last week we got the call that every puppy raiser dreads. She was being released from training. 😞 X-rays revealed elbow dysplasia, which would make life as a guide dog very difficult for her. . It was a blow to see her training come to an end so abruptly, but it didn’t take us very long to decide to bring her home. Our pandemic puppy is now a permanent member of our family! 😀 . She is settling in, loving on all of us, and spending lots of time with Flynn. We are so happy to have her back, and are researching the best ways to protect her joints so she can live a long, happily life with us.

Yurt telling me that I don't have to sleep on the ground?!? . I was recently provided with a complimentary stay in this lovely yurt at @lakeraystownresort in Entriken, Pennsylvania. This is the perfect mix of glamping and camping, with electricity, AC, a TV, and most importantly, a real bed with sheets, pillows, and blankets! There is no running water or bathroom in the yurt, so it's not complete luxury. We did all of our cooking outdoors, relaxed next to the fire pit, and used the nearby bathhouse. . This is a huge campground with every manner of accommodations, from basic tent sites to waterfront villas. Raystown Lake is 28 miles long and the largest lake entirely within the state of Pennsylvania. It's a gorgeous area, so if you've got a mind to go camping without sleeping on the ground, yurt totally going to love this place! ⛺

I love all the massive rhododendrons in the Pennsylvania woods. They provide such deep shade and a sense of mystery on the trails. . I spent a couple of days hiking solo and photographing waterfalls in Hickory Run State Park last week. Hawk Falls is one of the largest falls in the park, and the trail is very busy. I visited at 4 pm one day, but there were too many people to get a good photo, so the next day I went back at 7 am. Much better!

We have a favorite new summer camping recipe. Ratatouille salad with grilled veggies from the garden and herbed lemon dressing. It’s a spin off of a recipe I found in @yankeemagazine and it’s divine (easy too)! Although, I’m not a food photographer or a food blogger, I’m working on writing up a recipe because it’s too good not to share and our garden is going bonkers right now!

We had s’mores after dinner last night, and the realized today that it was National S’mores Day. I still don’t love them, but I feel the pressure every time there’s a camp fire!

We had such a great camping trip with Flynn this past week! He’s been suffering from bouts of anxiety for a few years now and has not been as interested in traveling and exploring new spots with us. That combined with his extreme thunderstorm/fireworks fear makes it a lot easier to leave him home in his comfort zone. . We decided to try a mellow camping trip in a quiet park - Half Moon Pond State Park in Vermont. He did so well, and I’m excited that his traveling days aren’t quite over yet!!

Hey, George! . This view can be seen driving on rote 244 near Keystone, South Dakota. No fee required😀

I guess I taught Flynn how to pose for photos without even meaning to. The funny thing is that he’ll climb the highest rock and strike a pose without me asking, but he ALWAYS has the same morose look on his face! I guess he like when I capture his serious side. If you want to see the goof ball , you have to put the camera away!

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