Since all the holiday activities have come to a close; my husband and I decided to take a road trip with some friends. It was a wonderful day full of firsts for me.
We took about a two hour drive to Yuengling brewery, which happens to be one of my favorite go to beers and America’s oldest brewery. When we got there you could tell it was an old town; you could almost in vision horse and buggy’s driving on the streets and woman in hoop dresses. The town is built on the side of a mountain; the streets are narrow and tight. When we got to Yuengling, we walked around the gift shop and signed up for the tour. They had a small museum in the back of the way they used to brew beer and old photos, it was very interesting. The gift shop and museum was in the old ice cream parlor across the street from the actually brewery.
The tour began in the basement of the brewery; it smelled damp and musty like any typical basement. She talked about history of the brewery, and how they used to keg beer. Then we walked into the lager caves, which were incredible. I cannot believe people dug these tunnels out by hand, I can see why it took they 10 years. We went to all parts of the brewery which was awesome to see; the tour was about an hour long. She covered so much information I just wish that she had told us more about prohibition. They started to make ice cream while prohibition was law, but I heard some people saying that the ice cream was only a front and they continued to brew beer in secret, I don’t know if there is any fact to that or not. At the end of the tour we had some samples, and walked around the gift shop some more.
While we were up that way, we decided to visit Centralia. It is a ghost town since a mine fire started in the 1962. The town only has about 7 people remain in the town, and all of the other houses and building have been torn down and removed. There are no signs saying you are there, it is a town that doesn’t exist, and even the zip code has been taken away. Driving through what used to be neighborhoods was kind of creepy. You saw stop sings, what remained of sidewalks, and a few chain link yard fences but that’s it. Everything else was gone, if you didn’t know it used to be a town, they would drive through it will no thought. Nature has pretty much taken over everything, expect the roads (but even they are not in the best condition).
There is an old part of the highway that had been closed off due to the mine fire, this is now called graffiti highway. It is about a mile stretch of highway that is covered in graffiti, and as you go down the highway toward the end of it, you will notice the ground beginning to crack. The fire had changed the landscape of the road, which is why they closed it off. I guess they got sick of repairing it. It was fun to ride on an abandoned highway, and just see all the things people paint there.
After spending sometime there, we left and drove around. Since this place was new to all of us we just wanted to drive around. We ended up finding an off roading trail; so my husband and I hopped into our friend’s jeep and took off. It was muddy since it had rained that morning, so we had a lot of fun playing in the mud and driving up the mountain. The trails began to get to narrow for our liking so we decided to come back down the mountain. There were people on four wheelers flying around, having a good time. We returned to our car, and decided we needed to get some food. So we ended the day with beer and pizza.
I had never been off roading before and it was so fun. I can totally see why people do it; I just would never want to drive. I am perfectly happy being a passenger. I have never really been one for adventure but I find it so attractive now. Perhaps that is part of my growth and development, to push myself. To break free of the safety box I have created, to simply live. I still feel so alive today; I am ready to break down more walls. 2017 is going to be a huge year full of love, change and new beginnings. I just can’t wait to see what the new year brings, I am so excited. There are so many things I want to achieve in the new year, but that is a blog for another day.
Find your adventure, explore new places and have fun. Spend time with people you vibe with, that make you feel alive and forget the rest. Be happy, be free and remember to smile. I send my love to all of you. xo
I think often of the saying “nature teaches us the beauty of letting go.” I think of this while walking in the woods, looking at all the beautifully dying leaves. I have never seen this beauty before, no, not like this. Not in this way.
Fall has always been my favorite season, and I think now, why?
It’s the season of transitions, of letting go. Allowing parts of ourselves to die; so they may blossom into something more beautiful than before. I’m in awe of the lessons mother shows us. We must let go, we must live in the darkest snowiest parts of ourselves so when we thaw we become more beautiful than ever. Radiating everything we are.
Over the weekend my husband and I finally got the chance to visit East Coast Exotic Animal Rescue in Fairfield, Pa. We had wanted to visit for years but it never worked out until yesterday. When we got there I didn’t realize how big it actually was, or how many animals they have. We started to walk around and I began to look in to the eyes of these animals, and the wildness in their eyes was incredible. These are beautiful creatures that need to be saved, and that is exactly what the rescue does.
These foxes were going to be sold and turned into furs until the rescue stepped in. They now have a safe, loving place to call home.
And then there are the white siberian tigers, they’re retired show animals.
These animals are shown love and compassion; things all animals deserves. All of the animals are happy and healthy. Everyone who works there genuinely cares for the well-being animals and that’s a beautiful sight to see. The work they do there is nothing short of amazing. I am all about love and animals; this is the place were the two collide into one. If you are ever in the area I would highly suggest a visit.
It’s important that we highlight the amazing work people like this do. To take action and save the lives of so many animals is nothing short of heroic. It many not seem like much to some but it’s everything to these animals. People like this are the beautiful souls of the world, they are seldom noticed, or recognized but it isn’t about being recognized; it’s simply about saving the animals that need saving. That is why I will always support and show my love to them.
If you want to donate or simply read more about them here’s their website: http://eastcoastrescue.org/
Today is such a pleasant day. It seems more fall like, the air is cooler & lighter. I can feel us moving out of the heat of summer and into the cozyness of fall. One thing that I particularly love about this time of year is being able to open the widows and let the fresh cool air inside my home. There is a certian bliss that I find is having fresh air in my home. It helps move the enegry of my home, keeping it light and relaxing.
Another thing that I truly love about fall, besides the comfot of a sweatshirt is the ability to walk around barefoot. In the heat of the summer the pavement gets so hot that I cannot walk on. There are even times with the grass starts to get crunchy and I’m unable to walk on it. When fall arrives the grass is lushes and inviting. Walk around barefoot in the grass, it will do you good. Connect with mother earth, she has much to offer.
There are so many magical things about fall. It is my personal favorite time of the year. There is so much beautiful to be found. Get outside and enjoy it while you can. Before we know it, winter will be here and we’ll all be stuck inside again.
Yesterday was a beautiful day, it was in the mid 70’s and the humidity was low. So I decided that I was going to take some pictures while we were out hiking, it has been sometime since I’ve fed my love of photography.
First we went to the Gettysburg battlefield; we went back on a trail behind devils den. This is a trail we had already done but I never had my camera. I enjoy this trail for two reasons. One, it is far enough of the beaten path that most people don’t even know it’s there. Two, I feel a lot of energy in the area of the battlefield which is both Native American and solders. There have been times that I get a little overwhelmed in this area, and I simply as the spirits to leave me. That I am sorry that this happened to them but I am unable to help them at this time. This is often an effective way to get them to leave me alone without being rude. I have to say that I was pretty obsessed with the sky yesterday, there were no chem trails! This almost never happens so I was so delighted and took a bunch of pictures of the beautiful blue sky. Here are some pictures that I took yesterday.
After the trail had come to an end we decided to go to the Michaux State Forest. This is one of my absolute favorite forests in the area. There is something magical about this place that draws me back. On this return to the forest we decided to try a different hiking trail. We saw on the map that there was an overlook, so we decided to do that trial. I am a sucker for a beautiful overlook, even if the way up to the overlook is not so easy. This trail was far easier than I thought it would be, it only took us about a half and hour’s time to reach the summit. Which was a real treat, again I have to state that there were no chem trails!! So it added another layer of beauty to the view. We continued on, and as we did so it became more and more difficult for me to navigate. There were more and more rocks to climb around and in between, then the trail went straight up the mountain. This is when Norman (my dog) and I stopped and my husband pressed on. While we were alone, we sat down on a rock and just felt nature. This is an area of the forest where there is no cell service; there are few hikers so it is just you and mother. I thanked her and all the elements for everything they give us. I asked to connect to her, so that she can allow me to feel all her love. If this is something that you have never done, I would highly suggest it. Mother earth’s energy is pretty wonderful; it’s so pure and loving. She will ground you and send you love at the same time. When I felt I was ready to discounted, I asked her to do so. I thanked her again and just sat in the peacefulness of the mountain. Soon after my exchange with mother my husband had returned, and we descended down the mountain. Here are some pictures that I took here….
If you haven’t been out to enjoy all the nature has to offer, I highly suggest that you do. It is a great way to unwind, relax and just overall great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday living. Get away from the television, the computer, get your face out of your phone and go outside! Everything seems so insignificant while out in nature because it is. Money problems, stress, and worry all mean nothing.We belong in nature, we are connected to the earth and the earth energy that surrounds all of us.
Nature is simple, and the energy it gives is simple. The trees, wind, sunshine, even the rain all have a message for us. To send positive vibes out into the universe but most importantly to radiate love from every part of ourselves. Just smile, love and be happy.