October Roundup: PA Hiking, Photo specs and more!

Hello! It has been a long time since I have posted. I am going to give a short synopsis of what happened and where I want to take my blog from here on out!


So we all know we are in a pandemic still, a lot of what I wanted this blog to be and showcase has been put on halt. I can still show hiking and outdoor adventure spots as well as places to go safely and at your own discretion. But lately, I haven't really felt the inspiration to share these things. It's a combination of depression and quarantine and not really believing myself to write something that people will actually want to read. So during my hiatus in writing, I got myself thinking that it doesn't matter if no one reads the blog, it doesn't matter if eventually, I have lots of readers this is something I wanted to push myself to do and will continue to push myself to do but with a slight change.


I am a photographer, videographer, and editor as my regular job. Creating media and art is what I love doing so I want to shift this blog into a more photography blog. I am going to share my photo details and share even more photos that don't make the cut on to my Instagram page. I am still going to share some details of the places that I photograph in case anyone who sees those photos and want to go and get there own or are just inspired by my photography to see the places I photograph for themselves. So not a major shift in what I've been sharing but a more focused shift.


With that, I have other news! Unfortunately but also maybe fortunately Will (my boyfriend) and I have moved back to Pennsylvania. We are closer to our families and friends and have moved into our own apartment again which is actually my Grandmother's old house. It's a little weird but it feels good to have our own space again and now that we've decorated it feels like our own. I know for me I am much happier to be back in PA. It's funny I have always said that I never wanted to live in my hometown but man when I left I missed all my favorite hiking spots, it might also be that Houston's environment is drastically different from Northeast Pennsylvania's that made me miss home even more. Along those lines, I wanted to share some of the fall photos that I took over this year's amazing fall color show here in Northeast Pennsylvania.



All my shots, for the time being, will be on a Canon EOS R using a 50mm lens.



The first in this series is from Austin T. Blakeslee Natural Area. It's a short hike right in Blakeslee, Pa. If you are ever in the area and want a quick walk I would stop here! I used to live right by here and would come frequently just to get some fresh air and see a small waterfall at the end of the hike. The park also has a small parking lot and picnic tables to sit and enjoy a meal outside. It is great because it is right off I-80 another reason to stop and stretch your legs.

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The next place I want to share is the Hike at Mount Minsi in the Delaware Water Gap! This is a far more "difficult" hike compared to Austin T. Blakeslee. Prepare to spend a bit more time doing this one. But with the weather we have been having the views over the Delaware Water Gap are worth it! The trail is a 5-mile "loop," I say that with quotations because you can take the access trail up and then the Appalachian trail back down for the loop or vise-versa OR you can take the Appalachian Trail or the Access road up to the peak and go back down the same trail you used up. We took somehow ended up on the Access road which I will say was very rocky and moderate verticals. Some passersby on the trail said that the access road is the easier way to go down and the Appalachian trail up to the peak is more scenic but a little more difficult. It took us about 4hrs total to complete the trail up and back maybe more ( I had to stop and get tons of pictures haha). Remember to bring water and some snacks to enjoy at the top of this one!


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Some of my other favorite picks



The last place I am going to share this October Round up is Hawk's Nest in New York! It isn't really a hiking spot and as you will see in the photos I did not dress to go hiking. It is more of a scenic spot to get out and take pictures of Delaware and the curvy road itself. It is a SUPER short road ( at least where the vista spots are) I was thinking it was going to be like the Blue Ridge Mountain road but I was WAY wrong. I have gone on that road multiple times and will get around to sharing some of the pictures I have taken on that ride! But back to this road it is a nice curvy road and offers good stops to get some pretty pictures. Especially if you want the Blue Ridge mountain feels without the lengthy drive!

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Well that's all for October! Be sure to check back for more adventures!


Bonus: A picture of this year's Jack-o-Lanterns!




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