• 4 Major Historical Spots In PA That Every American Should Visit!

  • History · historical PA · 2016-11-25 · Ron
  • Pennsylvania was one of the original 13 colonies and was the second state to ratify the constitution. The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were drafted in Philadelphia, in Independence Hall. This historical area has walking tours to education people on what was happening back then. There are many, many historical sites to discover and learn about. Here are a few of them...

    #1. Gettysburg

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    Who doesn't know about Gettysburg? Most people do, and it's a very interesting place to visit. There was a lot of trauma during the war, of course, so there are also many instances or stories of hauntings. For those of you who love ghost hunting or tours, there is the Farnsworth House Inn, Dobbin House Tavern (both are bed and breakfast inns), and the Jennie Wade House (which is now a museum), just to name a few. If you look on the outside of the some of the buildings, you can see bullet holes from the war.

    The Visitor Center is nearby with many artifacts from the war and the town itself. It is free to enter but some activities do require purchasing a ticket, like films, a private car tour with a guide who rides with you, bus tours through the battlefield, and more. If you tour the battlefield on your own, you can take your time and spend the day visiting different areas.

    #2. Historic Philadelphia Trail

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    You can tour many historical buildings, get free tickets to Independence Hall (where the Constitution was signed), and purchase attraction tickets at the Independence Visitor Center. You can see the Liberty Bell, visit many different museums, and see where the congress met in the early days. Close by is the Rocky statue from the first Rocky movie, which is located at the bottom of the steps to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Those are the steps he ran up in the movie.

    #3. Eastern State Penitentiary

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    This former prison, the most expensively built one at the time, welcomed its first inmate in 1829. After many escape attempts and riots, the penitentiary closed in the beginning of 1970. The famous gangster Al Capone spent eight months here, and it is a well known ghost hunting destination and is supposedly very haunted. It's been featured on ghost hunting shows on tv. It is open for tours every day of the year.

    #4. The Amish Experience

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    Want to know how the Amish live/lived? In Bird-in-Hand, PA, you can go on a guided Amish tour of Amish farmlands! The tour is on a shuttle bus with air conditioning where you can see different sights that are rarely seen and hear about the history of the land. They have shops and roadside stands along the way, and you get a free Amish cookbook on the tour. You can purchase regular tickets for a farmland tour, combo tickets that include everything, or VIP tour tickets. The VIP tour is much more expensive, but you get to actually visit 3 properties and spend time with a real Amish family, talk to them, and see how they live.

  • Unhappy Weather Situation

  • misc · 2017-03-11 · Ron
  • Man, I sure do miss living on the west coast now that I've moved east for a while. The weather here has been crazy and I can never be confident in the fact that spring is here. Every time I am, some cold weather moves in or some snow, and I wonder what the heck is happening!

    For now, I've decided to sit and read an electric lawn mower review or two so that I can be ready for when the grass starts growing fast. I've had both electric and gas mowers, and the electric ones do the job very well and I don't have to breathe in nasty gas fumes.

    I gave my last one to my mother because it was so light she could carry it into storage for the winter. She really loved it when she was visiting and I was mowing my lawn. I moved here to help her out since I'm the only family she has, but I do not like the weather here!

  • Getting Into Gear For 2017!

  • misc · 2017-02-20 · Ron
  • Pennsylvania, the home of our forefathers and so much more!  Having lived on the east coast for over 20 years, I have to say that there are nooks and crannies of PA and surrounding areas that I hold extremely dear.  If you are from the West Coast, you may not... love Pennsylvania.  Especially at first!  But like all amazing things, it can take a while before you settle into this part of the country.

    Have you taken a glance at two of our best articles yet?

    1. 4 Major Historical Spots In PA That Every American Should Visit!

    2. Camelback Mountain Ski Resort

    If you don't know exactly where to start, start with all the places mentioned there.  There is so much sightseeing to do here but due to the cold weather, Pennsylvania doesn't receive the credit it deserves.  However, if you love the seasons, we get beautiful colors all year round.  Kids love playing in the snow, digging their parents cars out from underneath it.  There quaint suburbs here and nature never looks prettier than it does here during spring time.  Of course, you have the fall as well, indicating the coming of new seasons and new tides... it's a poem in the making.  

    Of course, that reminds me all the cool thing that you can do with the whole family as well like hanging out at the local parks and going boating, fishing, and kayaking.  Of course, if you're an ethusiast, you can inveset in one of your own kayaks.  I found an interesting article that lists best kayaks of 2017 and they all look fabulous.  If you have children, you may want to look into buy 2-3 solid ones (if long term use) or one that can seat three people.  Of course, you can scour some in general at Killer Kayaks or www.2personkayak.com which has an array of some interesting kayaks.

    With all of that stated, please remember that we are headed into 2017 full steam.  We have a HOST of really lovely topics that will be exploring  Pennsylvania in-depth, park by park, piece by piece, restaurant by restaurant (oh, yes!)  If you have any ideas or want a particular topic covered, please drop us a line.  Thank you!

     

  • Pennsylvania Living

  • misc · 2017-01-15 · Ron
  • Since moving to Pennsylvania a few years ago, I have been able to fully explore the state and what it has to offer. I feel very privileged to be surrounded by the most beautiful scenic views. My most favorite thing about the state is its rich historical background. Pennsylvania is actually known as the Keystone State because it served as a connection between the southern and northern parts of the original colonies.

    Experiencing four seasons throughout the year has been amazing since it has allowed me to enjoy plenty of seasonal activities. Spring has always been my favorite season. I'm not a huge fan of winter and I am very eager for spring to arrive. I hate being surrounded by snow because I feel less productive in a cold environment and always end up feeling uninspired because of the lack of sunshine.

    Speaking about spring, I'm actually very excited to use the electric lawn mower which I bought last year after reading a Mow Like A Champ review . I love it because it's very convenient and easy to use. All I have to do is push a button and it would automatically turn on with no hassle at all and it doesn't require gas to function! Since the mower is cordless, I needed to keep the battery inside to make sure it would remain charged during the winter. I wanted to prevent it from freezing over and it's a great way to keep the battery safe.

    I have never owned an electric lawn mower which performs as good as the Worx WG789 cordless one I have now. I am very pleased with how it operates flawlessly and keeps my lawn looking tidy. It's definitely one of the best investments I have made for my home since it provides convenience, ease of use and exceptional results. I have also influenced my friends and family to give it a try since I truly believe it would also be beneficial to them.

    Living in Pennsylvania for the past few years has made me realize that although the state is located in a relatively small space, it still has plenty of amazing attractions to offer. We actually have 120 state parks and 18 national parks which are all very impressive. My favorite place to visit is the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. It has the most picturesque view of the mountains and the lake. I love visiting there whenever I feel stressed out from work since it really calms my mind.

    I am also a huge fan of the museums scattered around the state. I frequent it during the weekends since I am a massive history and arts buff. Visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Andy Warhol Museum, Carnegie Museums and the Franklin Institute have made me appreciate its culture even more. And as a chocolate lover, I feel very privileged to be living in the state where Hershey's, Sarris and Godiva are made!

  • Worst Cities In PA?

  • misc · 2016-12-17 · Ron
  • We want to be fair, so now that we've shown you the BEST parts of PA, we will show you the WORST parts as well. Let's all face reality and realize nothing and nowhere can be perfect.

  • Camelback Mountain Ski Resort

  • misc · 2016-12-06 · Ron
  • Winter is here, so why not take advantage of this beautiful Pennsylvania skiing resort! It's really the only fun thing to do in the winter, as well as snowboarding and sledding, so let this video create some excitement for your wintery getaway!

  • Beat the Winter Blues: Visit Beautiful Pennsylvania Beaches!

  • Beaches · Presque Isle State Park Black Moshannon State Park R.B. Winter State Park · 2016-11-30 · Ron
  • Pennsylvania is a beautiful state with a lot of lush forests, mountains, and lakes, along with many attractions and a very long history. Despite not being near an ocean, there are parks that have beaches by their lakes! You can still vacation on a beach at a campground, you just won't have an ocean with waves.

    Nevertheless, it is very peaceful if you are looking for a change of scenery, but still want that beach feel. Here are just a few of them:

    R.B. Winter State Park

    Formerly known as “Halfway Dam State Park”, R.B. Winter State Park is 18 miles west of Lewisburg and was renamed in honor of a forester who was responsible for establishing the park and who worked there for 45 years. It is surrounded by Bald Eagle State Forest, which is filled with woodpeckers, owls, salamanders and wood frogs. The lake water is very cold, about 50 degrees, so if you actually want to go swimming, you might want to wear a wetsuit if you hate the cold. The lake is filled with three kinds of trout to fish and you can also go ice fishing. The park has a campground with electric, restrooms and showers, a fire ring at each camp site, and a picnic table. You can camp with a tent, trailer or motor home. There are three cottages that can accommodate 5 people each and is fully equipped. There are over 6 miles of hiking trails that run along the lake and park, and when it snows there are trails for snow mobiles and skiing. Hunting is also permitted in the park if you or someone you know likes to hunt.

    Black Moshannon State Park

    Black Moshannon State Park is located in Rush Township, Centre County and is surrounded by the Moshannon State Forest. It has the largest bog (a bog is a soft, marshy, muddy land) in Pennsylvania, which is home to uncommon wildlife that is often found farther north. It has a long history (Native American tribes lived on the land) and is open year round with trails to hike, biking, bird watching, hunting, fishing, boating, swimming, camping and picnics. There are 13 cabins to stay in, some including more amenities than others, and 72 campsites with showers, fire rings, and picnic tables. Electric, water, and sewer hook ups are available as well, and 9 of the sites are for tents only. Some sites are ADA accessible and the washhouses have coin-operated laundry machines.The beach on Black Moshannon Lake is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day and includes a beach bathhouse, but there are no lifeguards. You can bring your own boat, with proper registration or rent a boat from the park. If you have your own boat, you can only use electric motors, not gas. Winter activities include skiing, snowmobiling, ice skating, ice boating, and ice fishing.

    Presque Isle State Park

    Presque Isle State Park is a sandy peninsula that juts out onto Lake Erie that has trails, 13 beaches, swimming, boating, bird watching, biking, and hiking. This park was also inhabited by Native Americans who farmed on the land, but were ultimately destroyed by the same tribe as the one at Black Moshannon. Needless to say, there is a long deep history at this park and it also played a part in the War of 1812! There are all kinds of things to do for either water or inland activities, including boating, fishing, water skiing, hiking, biking, bird watching and various ice activities in the winter. You can rent boats or bring your own with registration, and there is also scuba diving as well. You can also opt to check out boat and inflatable kayak reviews, check out the best inflatable kayaks of 2016, or Amazon.  Beaches are open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and unlike the other parks, lifeguards are on duty and you can see tiny waves! There are also picnic areas near the beaches and one beach has a sand volleyball courts. Some beaches have food and beverage stands in case u don't want to bring any food or drinks. There is no camping here but there are places to stay nearby, and there is no admission fee to use the park.

  • Exploring Pennsylvania's Most Famous Caverns & Museums!

  • History · PA museums Pennsylvania caverns · 2016-11-25 · Ron
  • Pennsylvania is a state rich in mountains, caverns, lakes, and especially rich in historical sites! It's definite must see for history lovers. This article is going to be a list of interesting things to do while you are there, or if you are thinking of going after you do some research. There are things there for everyone, as the list is pretty diverse, but you can judge for yourself.

    This article explores the most famous caverns & museums you should explore in Pennsylvania.

    Caverns

    You would not believe how many caverns there are in Pennsylvania! It's amazing to see all the different formations, which can be beautiful, and quite a sight to take in. The caves can get cold, so make sure to bring a light jacket! It's also a great educational experience for children and adults alike, so these spots make for a great family trip. Here are just a few of the many caverns...

    1. Crystal Cove

    Located near Kutztown, this cavern was discovered in 1871 and is open from March-Nov. You can purchase a bag of dirt and use Crystal Cave's sluice (a controlled flow of water by way of a gate) to find gems or fossils that you can keep as a souvenir. Also on the property you will find a free museum, a ice cream parlor, a cafe, and a unique miniature golf course:

    2. Lost River Caverns

    Located in Hellertown, this cavern offers a variety of things to do, other than seeing the cave formations. There are 30-45 minute tours of the cavern itself, which started forming in the last 250,000 years! It is mostly made of limestone with layers of shale. The museum contains rare fossils, minerals and gems, and even antique weapons from the 17th century. There's also a nature trail to walk, a spot for picnics, and a functional reconstruction of a gem mill to find gems from your panning bag purchased at the gift shop:

    3. Lincoln Cavern & Whisper Rocks

    This cavern is located in Huntingdon and was discovered in 1930 when Route 22 was constructed. There are tours every few minutes during the summer and every half hour in the spring and fall. All of these caverns also offer some type of ghostly event as well. Extra time would be needed for the panning activity, which is available mid March-mid November. There are nature trails with wildlife, a pavilions for picnics, and a gift shop:

    Museums

    Just like the many caverns that are too numerous to mention, there are just as many, if not more museums in Pennsylvania. Here are a few of them...

    1. Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

    Trains were a pretty important part of our history. They delivered mail, got passengers to where they wanted to go, and they still deliver goods from state to state. This museum is located in East Strasburg and teaches kids and adults all about the history of trains. They have special hands-on experience in their Railway Education Center, and you can even go across the street to ride a real vintage stream train at The Strasburg Railroad! It's a place to visit all on its own, with 45 minute sightseeing rides through the Pennsylvania Dutch Countryside, in a lounge or dining car. On saturdays they have a wine and cheese car, talk about fancy!

    2. The Franklin Institute

    Founded in honor of Benjamin Franklin and located in Philadelphia, this is one of the coolest museums you could ever go to, especially with your kids. It is first and foremost a museum focused on science education and technology development. There have been so many awesome exhibits here over time, and they keep adding more. Some things, however, have been there a long time, but are still relevant to today's science findings. You can find out how your brain works, go inside the giant heart (mostly for kids), learn about electricity (hands-on), visit the train factory, see how the earth is changing and so much more! They also have new exhibit called Robot Revolution this fall,where you can interact with different robots, and Jurassic World, getting close to dinosaurs. When those exhibit go, there will sure be other awesome new ones to take their place. The planetarium has shows to learn about stars and constellations, and they have IMAX theater shows (which make you feel like you are there in whatever place they are showing). There are so many things to do at the Franklin Institute, both for kids and adults, and they will always keep bringing in new and exciting exhibits/shows! A short drive from the institute is the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a beautiful museum for art lovers.

    3. The Mutter Museum

    This is a Philadelphia museum of medical history, dealing with the history of surgery, deformities, diseases, and other freaky things. You can choose whether or not to allow your kids to go along, but despite it being a little scary, it's still very educational. It's one of only two places in the world to have pieces of Albert Einstein's brain, and houses a nice collection of skulls, as well as a mummy and other various exhibits. They also have wet specimens, meaning things preserved in jars, like every part of the human body, including cysts and tumors. If you can get past the icky feeling, you'll want to check this museum out, for your own educational purposes.