Category: travel and nature

Photo of a thistle plant with purple flowers

Delusions of garden grandeur

When D.J. and I bought our house in 2015, I had big plans for my garden. Of course, nothing is ever as simple as we think it’s going to be, is it? The first year we lived here, we spent most of our free time working on the house itself. Our friend Shane of Blaiscraft...

The importance of getting lost

A few Novembers ago, I drove up to Old Economy Village in Ambridge, which is about thirty minutes outside of Pittsburgh. I got lost. Very, very lost. First, I missed my turn off of the main highway, so I had to drive along another few miles of industrial parks, freight rail lines and factories. Being...

Photo Friday: Mossy kingdom

Photo Friday: Mossy kingdom

I chose to spend the beginning of my 33rd revolution around the sun hiking Mt. Davis, Pennsylvania’s tallest natural point. It was chilly and foggy, and we were alone on the trail for most of the 7 miles we hiked. I thought a little about my goals and plans for the coming year, but mostly...

Photo Friday: Urban wildlife in Spring Hill

Photo Friday: Urban wildlife in Spring Hill

One of my favorite things about the City of Pittsburgh is how much green space we have, especially up in the hillier neighborhoods. We have a resident herd of deer we see at least once a week while we’re out walking, a nesting pair of hawks that probably had some babies this year (they were...

#PhotoFriday: Clematis in full bloom

#PhotoFriday: Clematis in full bloom

Growing up, my mom had a purple clematis in our front yard. Every year it would grow up our porch railing. Along with the johnny jump-ups that popped up every spring, the clematis was my favorite flower. When I rented my first house, I bought a clematis bulb and grew it in a pot for...