Opting Outside this Black Friday

Last year in Colorado, Kristen and I decided to avoid any Black Friday messiness and go to the mountains. Not that we previously had many shopping outings, but it felt really great to  me to decidedly choose to join the #OptOutside movement and say no to insane consumerism.
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Ricketts Glen State Park

Now that I’m back on the east coast, I sadly do not have access to as many national parks as I once did… I basically live in a national park desert. IT’S TERRIBLE. But really, I was very lucky to travel to so many national parks during my year in the west and I am missing them dearly, BUT Pennsylvania is not a waste land – there is plenty of beauty all over this little state.
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Autumn sounds playlist

At this point in my life I am just making seasonal playlists and listening to mainly them… and only them. I kind of did that with my monthly playlists in the past, but I guess that didn’t give me as much time to soak the songs in and really get to know them. Become friends. Ya know? So here’s my latest, Autumn Sounds playlist.

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Some things I: miss about Colorado

I want to make sure I use lameyland as a writing outlet. I struggle to get pen to paper (figuratively) so to combat that, I want to to start a small series called “Some things I:” where I just get things off my chest, in category form. So.

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Halloween Throwbacks

Halloween is so endearing to me this year. It’s made me so happy to see everyone dressing up and putting in the effort to be silly and not take themselves too seriously. Especially with the messiness of the world these days… it’s been a nice break the last few days.
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Yosemite National Park: the first of the big Ys

Back in the day before I really dove into the national park world, I had a vague understand what the parks were, knew there were a bunch in the middle of the country, and that Teddy Roosevelt was involved somehow. But when I thought about national parks, I thought of the 2 parks that both had weird Y names: Yosemite and Yellowstone.

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Small Town Colorado: Nederland, CO

Hi! I have a section of this blog called Small Town Colorado. Even though I don’t live there anymore, I still want to share some of the small towns I came across. They really were one of my favorite parts about Colorado.

Every Colorado town kinda feels like a small town to me. While there are certainly some considerably populated areas, every region is typically surrounded by open lands, tons and tons of cows, and big skies. Which makes them all seem pretty tiny and cute and endearing. And of course, there are actual tiny towns around the state, and they are particularly cute and endearing.

This one is all about Nederland, Colorado. Nederland is tucked away just a few miles into the foothills – about 30 minutes into Boulder Canyon.

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