Excerpt: Moon Pennsylvania Camping


In the Author's Note to Moon Pennsylvania Camping, Jason and I wrote,

"Green plateaus protruding through a dense fog. Pink and white laurel petals falling into a clear, cool stream. Rushing rivers spilling through a mountain gorge. These are the images that welcome us back to Pennsylvania after we've been away for too long. And when we hit the trail again, inhaling the scent of fallen pine needles and air charged with the mists of cascades, we know we are home.

A thousand times we've felt the pull of wanderlust, and a thousand times we've driven into the ancient Appalachians and been reminded why we couldn't leave. Our forests and wilderness areas are the fuel that keep us running."

Though we offered this sentiment for the entire state, especially after our extensive travels in 2005 throughout Pennsylvania to gather experiences and photographs for our guide, we admit that our small corner of PA with its borders along West Virginia and Maryland were the images we held in our minds as the book went to press.

Here, the flowing waters of the Youghiogheny River and Meadow Run serve in an oxymoronic capacity to soothe and energize at once, as if the errant electrons passing from the water to us replace any stagnant air, thoughts, and emotions with fresh perspective and refueled lungs. Melodramatic? Maybe. Necessary? Absolutely. That's why we continue to return.

(edited from the original Field Notes by Heidi Ruby Miller newsletter, April 2008)


  1. Hi Heidi,

    GREAT post about your PA camping article.

    My name is Mandy McFadden and I work in partnership with the Pennsylvania Tourism Office. I am the community manager for the PA travel blog, The Savvy Grouse. http://www.savvygrouse.com Savvy Grouse you ask?

    What in the heck is that? The Ruffed Grouse is Pennsylvania’s state bird and YOU are a savvy Pennsylvanian. You have a wealth of knowledge and generously share your information and stories of adventure with fellow travelers who are looking to learn more about PA.

    We also maintain social media sites like a channel on Youtube, a Twiter account, a Facebook page and a Flickr account. There you will find even more information about Pennsylvania. We invite you to submit any PA content to us for our Flickr, Youtube and Facebook pages. Join in the conversation and have some fun!

    We are always looking for great guest bloggers to share their PA passions with folks looking to visit PA or those people who live here and want to explore. I came across your blog/saw you on Twitter and thought you might be interested in hearing more about becoming a blogger for The Savvy Grouse.

    We want to stress the fact that our content comes from real, authentic voices... Like YOU! If you are interested in this opportunity ..... GREAT! You just let me know and I’ll send you some more info.

    Feel free to email me at amcfadden@barkleyrei.com

    thanks and have a great day.

    Mandy McFadden


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