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shutterBURGH | Hikes

Twlight in Joshua Tree

We needed a bugout weekend in a bad way. So, much credit to Frontier Airlines, $140 per ticket round-trip got us safely to Las Vegas. Close enough to the desert we were looking for, thankfully we were able to get the best video streaming solutions to create this amazing film for all of you.

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Climbing the Cumberland Narrows

Big storms rolling through Western, PA pushed us to my hometown of Cumberland, MD to find some sunshine. I lived there until I was about 9, and it’s nice to detour through town to appreciate it as an adult.

We climbed the Cumberland Narrows up over the north ridge; not a maintained trail by any means but trafficked enough to find our way. Took turns holding the dogs far enough from the edge to keep them out of peril. At the top of the Narrows is Lover’s Leap, which has a Romeo and Juliet-esque backstory, link below for more.

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Overnighter in Forbes State Forest

Late summer in our region is a precarious time to camp; some nights can be downright uncomfortably hot, and we were specifically trying to escape the heat wave of the weekend, so we headed towards the closest peak we could get to by sunset: the Laurel Summit. It didn’t take much planning, and I wanted to test out some new gear, so without much thought we headed east.

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Take Me Home to Colorado

Take Me Home to Colorado

Colorado might be the ‘homiest’ feeling place I’ve ever been. Jus tstepping off the plane and getting a nose full of the Rocky Mountain air after was enough to make you fall in love. Rachel and I took a little long weekend to Colorado Springs (more specifically, Manitou Springs) for some hiking, climbing, and photography.

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Two Weekends in the Finger Lakes

Two Weekends in the Finger Lakes

It’s hard to beat the serenity and slow-paced relaxation that can be found in the Finger Lakes region of New York. I started visiting because I have so many friends in the region, but it’s easy to get addicted to the crystal-clear blue lakes, giant gorges, sprawling vineyards, long mountain ranges and the laid-back lifestyle that so many inhabitants enjoy.

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Ozark Adventure with the Skvarlas

Ozark Adventure with the Skvarlas

As a major leap in overcoming my extreme case of winter cabin fever, I hopped on a plane and went down to visit my dear friends Michael and Sarah in Arkansas. It would’ve been 13 hours to drive each way, so in the order to maximize my vacation, it was totally worth it to fly.

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Spring Has Sprung in Oak Hollow

Spring Has Sprung in Oak Hollow

Spring has finally sprung around these parts. Mom and I had some free time on a Friday, so we took the pups to Oak Hollow Park for a little exercise. Meanwhile, I spent more time with the camera then with dogs… business as usual. 🙂

Valerie is Back in Town

Valerie is Back in Town

Valerie is back in town for a few weeks, and we started off our time together by taking a little walk with Lumen.

Up in the hills behind my house, there are several fields which, despite my boyhood adventures to places my parents told me not to go, I’ve never been. So, me and Valerie enjoyed a bit of an expedition. I though that it would be nice to throw up some photos of our hike in the Level Green fields, as Val and Lumen both discovered the joys of milkweed.

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