Vicksburg National Military Park

One of my very favorite stops in Mississippi. My first time through here was on a road-trip with my old roommates. It was a great way to mix up the drive with some walking, running, stair climbing, and windows-down-with-the-sun-pouring-in cruising in the middle of summer! This visit however, was totally different.


On our way back from Florida in December, just days before Christmas, we took a much needed break from driving and stopped in Vicksburg. It was less green and much, much colder than the last time I came through. But the visit was just as refreshing and welcoming as it had been before, just in a different way.


We arrived just about an hour and a half before closing time, so we knew it would just be a quicker drive through the park and we would have to be a bit more picky about which stops we would take.

What I love about this park, is that it is almost inexhaustible. There are so many plaques with dates and names and events, from both the Union and Confederate advances. You could wander the park for an entire day and still not read everything.


I also love how vast and hilly it is. Both times I’ve been I have seen multiple people out on their run. And what a fantastic place to do it! Such lovely views and a great workout for incline training.


I enjoyed coming back to a place I have visited before and bringing someone to see it for the first time. Even though, about halfway through our visit my travel companion was pretty sure he had actually been there before, long ago, with family! It was fun to remember my time there before and the people that were a part of it and the season of life that came with it. It was so beneficial to ponder just how much has changed in the past (almost) 4 years since I was last there. A great time to compare and contrast and see growth and process change in ways I had not necessarily thought about. Ways I may not have thought about had I not re-visited this place.
Do you enjoy visiting places again? Have you been to Vicksburg? What was your favorite part of your visit? 

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A Weekend in Massachusetts

This first ever weekend girls weekend with my mom and (one of) my sister was an incredibly fun success! Our four days in Massachusetts started and ended in Boston, with plenty of Cape Cod adventures in between.

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10 Reasons (I love) to Stay on the Upper West Side

Each time I’ve been in New York City I have stayed on the Upper West Side. So I may be biased, but if you want to experience NYC like a local, I think this is a great start. Here are a few reasons I love calling Upper West Side home when I visit The Big Apple!

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A Proper Visit to Lady Liberty

While I loved riding the Staten Island Ferry and catching views of the Statue of Liberty and that iconic NYC skyline, a proper visit to Liberty Island and Ellis Island were on the must do list this visit. I was grateful for a beautiful morning with plenty of blue skies and sunshine to take in this iconic piece of history.

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Through the Lens: Central Park in the Fall

 

My first trip to New York City took place last year, in August. I was (and always am) excited to go back. But I was extra excited to go back when it would not be quite so warm out. When scarves and boots were the best attire choice, and it was just in time to see the first few indicators that Christmas is coming.

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Thoughts on Solitude | Cruise Day 4


Our second day in port. This time we were in Progreso, Mexico. Home to Mayan ruins, nice beaches and lots of history. But I didn’t want any of it.

I guess that’s not entirely true. In fact, all morning I had been back and forth with what I actually wanted to do that day. Continue reading “Thoughts on Solitude | Cruise Day 4”

Isla de la Pasion | Cruise Day 3

Day number three of our cruise was the first day at port. We had arrived to Cozumel in the wee hours of the morning. So we had a quick bite to eat from the breakfast buffet and headed for land.

While there was plenty of shopping and things to see just off the boat, we opted for an all inclusive excursion by catamaran to Passion Island that we had booked the day before through the cruise line.

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