Pennsylvania Parks: A Day at Big Pocono State Park

What better way to end a day out with one of your closest friends, than to spend it taking in one of the best views of the Poconos from the Big Pocono State Park?

During the summer, you know, that season that occurred a few short months ago (I am very behind, I realize this. Moving on…), my friend Jody and I decided to go to the one of the nearest Pennsylvania state parks, Big Pocono State Park. I have hiked up to the peak of this particular park when I was young and I took Adam there in the fall, but this was my friend’s first time there. It really was a beautiful, clear, allergy filled visit! Continue reading

Our Travel Living Room Revamp!

Things are getting a little bit cramped around here.

This is what our night looks like: I’m laying down on the couch, feet on Adam, and dogs laying on top of me. I’m getting pushed off of the couch from the dogs and they have all begun to migrate towards Adam’s domain of the couch. We are running out of room!

That was it. We needed another sofa (something we have been discussing since we got this sofa). 

And because Christmas Eve is a whole bunch of this:

Oh hey Adam….all the way over there

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Puffin Watching on Machias Seal Island

One of my favorite experiences while living in Acadia National Park in Maine was when we went off and left the island to go to see the puffins at Machias Seal Island. Prior to working in Acadia NP, I had no idea what they were and then suddenly I’m working at a gift shop where there were we were surrounded by puffin merchandise. I was immediately a fan and probably should have started a fan club. I mean how can you not be? Have you not SEEN these adorable clown-like birds?

Moving to Acadia National Park

So, last week was my Flashback Friday post about moving to the Grand Canyon. This week’s Flashback Friday is about moving to Acadia. Coincidence? I think not. We always moved to our summer jobs practically the same time each year. And around this time my friends, we also packed up our crap and made our way up north to Maine!

Unlike our move to the Grand Canyon, there was no cross country trip needed (no ghost towns on the “scenic” route), no one-billion stops for gas or the bathroom, and certainly no hotels were needed. Roughly 10 hours of driving and we were there. 

For some reason I don’t remember much of this trip. It could be because of my habit to sleep during long car rides, but who is to say? We left Pencil-vain-eye-aye (as Adam’s mother LOVES to pronounce it) in shorts and tank tops, sweating profusely, dying from the sun blinding us and ended up in Acadia freezing, humid, and gloomy. What did we get ourselves into?!

The first 24 hours we were there we did quite a bit of hiking. We started off with the 5 mile Jordan Pond Trail. This was practically in the backyard of our dorm:
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Acadia National Park Travel Tips

 A few people have come to us asking about travel tips for an Acadia National Park vacation. With many requests and many responses we decided to throw them up here! 

We worked in Acadia National Park several years ago for three months during the summer. We lived, slept, worked, and hiked there. I worked as a sales associate at the busiest retail store in the park, Jordan Pond Gift Shop. Adam worked in the employee dorm. Through those 3 months we have learned some very beneficial tourist/traveling advice which we have chosen to live by when offering travel tips for visiting Acadia National Park. Remember we have only lived there for 3 months, are not seasonal professionals in this specific location, and do not live there year-round. This is just my point of view of what I learned when living and working there! Here are Acadia National Park travel tips! Enjoy!
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