Category: Pennsylvania

Pic(k) of the Week – Jim Thorpe

A Date with Serenity

We visited Mauch Chunk Lake Park in Jim Thorpe when there was still a nip in the air, which means we had the beach to ourselves. Not that I am complaining. Solitude is bliss. Especially when you are on a beach in the middle of Pennsylvania’s Carbon County. Popular in summer, desolate on a cold Spring day, Mauch Chunk Lake Park began as a flood … Read the rest

Biking Along the Lehigh River – Jim Thorpe PA

Jim Thorpe in Pennsylvania’s Carbon County is named after a legendary athlete who had never set foot in it. Nowadays it is a place that attracts bikers, hikers, rafters, rail buffs, and architecture enthusiasts. We were there to test the whole new world of biking-with-toddler-in-tow. We rented what seemed like the safest option for our 2 year old. It was a bike with a yellow … Read the rest

Solitude. Another name for rural Pennsylvania.

The Big, Bad Wolf

This post is part of the Bootsnall 30 Days of Indie Travel Project Prompt #6: FEAR

Blame it on Red Riding Hood or the Grimm Brothers, but if I had to pick my most-feared wild animal, I would have to go with the wolf. And there I was, in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, touring a wolf sanctuary in the little-known town of Lititz. … Read the rest

Pic(k) of the Week – Heinz Field

Located in the southwest corner of the state of Pennsylvania, the city of Pittsburgh is positioned atop the Allegheny Plateau and first became an economic power in the mid-1800s. The credit for the boom goes to Scottish immigrant Andrew Carnegie and many others who contributed to the city’s manufacturing industries. In the early 1980s, as production began to move overseas, the city faced a major … Read the rest

An Eco-Friendly Tour of Pittsburgh


Old Pittsburgh relied on coal and steel, the new one depends on talent. Putting behind the trappings of a successful industrial past and spasms of unemployment, Pittsburgh has reinvented itself with new industries, sports stadiums, parks, biking trails, contemporary art galleries, eateries and pretty much everything you would expect in a middle-size American city. To read more, go to

Pic(k) of the Week – Elephant in Pittsburgh Zoo

Summer’s No Fun for Mr. Fuzzy Here

After the long winter and the incessant showers, we are having a pretty intense summer. The headline “dangerous heat wave bakes east coast” is doing the rounds. For reasons unknown, my thoughts turned to the penguins and polar bears and every other creature used to the cold climate of the poles; especially the ones who have been transplanted from their natural habitat and are living … Read the rest

Philadelphia Museum of Art

The 72 stone steps leading up to the Philadelphia Museum of Art were made famous by Sylvester Stallone in the 1976 iconic movie Rocky.  An imposing Greco-Roman temple-like structure, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is America’s third-largest art museum. Ionic pillars with well-defined volutes and pediments set the tone of the building. We zoomed in on one of the pediments to our right and … Read the rest