Winter is rapidly becoming my least favorite season. After the holidays, snow begins to lose it’s wonder, and let’s face it, I’ve never been a fan of the cold. I never fully understood the term “cabin fever” until this past year. Snowstorm after snowstorm combined with a lack of Vitamin D has adversely affected my mood. Some days I’m almost certain that I’m actually cold blooded due to my state of lethargy during the winter months… but then I quickly snap back to reality and remember that’s impossible. Or so says science.
Yes, it’s definitely been a long winter for us here in the Midwest. However as of late we’ve been enjoying some 60 degree weather, and I could not be more thankful. Until I can realize my dreams of moving South, I’ll have to take what I can get. As my excitement for spring increases, so does my longing to spend more time outside. I’m excited to smell the rain, see the flowers bloom, and hear the birds chirp (FYI – a former professor of mine taught me how to distinguish between different bird species based on their chirps. Needless to say, I’m pretty stoked to try it out this spring!).
So in honor of spring and the great outdoors, I want to share with you one of my favorite places to be outside: The Laurel Highlands. Nestled in the Allegheny Mountains, the Laurel Highlands are located about an hour south from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I usually visit once a year, and have a great time! Here are some pictures from this past summer at Laurel Hill State Park.
Ah! I just can’t wait for spring! What about you? Where are your favorite places to be outside?
“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Photos by Megan Coffroth