I'm back! And what an adventure it has been! Today is the 4th of July holiday and so many of you are on vacation... at the beach, across the country or over the ocean. Well I have been on a nonstop adventure this last couple of weeks, and it's in my own backyard! Not exactly MY backyard, but very close to home. Living in the Laurel Highlands can be a blessing (and a curse with all this rain!). In the last month, I have kayaked Shawnee State Park in Bedford County, hiked the back country of Prince Gallitzen State Park in Cambria County, kayaked the Moshannon Creek in Clearfield County, biked the Great Allegheny Passage in Rockwood, Somerset County and hiked Stackhouse Park right here in Johnstown! Every single trip was like a mini vacation. Being in nature has a way of slowing your pace, calming you for the work week ahead. The great thing about it is it cost virtually nothing (except the kayak & bike) to get out and enjoy the peace of the woods and waterways. So, pack a lunch, grab the kids, friend, dog or go solo and find yourself, as you get lost in the great outdoors! Maybe I will see you on my next adventure!