I happen to be one of those lucky folks that managed to find an apartment in the city with an amazing backyard.  It’s bigger than the first floor of our actual apartment.  Craziness.

Not one to let a good thing go to waste- I like to celebrate good weather with drinking and eating outside with good company.

A few weeks ago we had another one of these celebrations.  Next time were going to make sure the grill is working ahead of time though so I don’t have to cook 25 burgers on a George Foreman…

[all pictures taken with the good ole iPhone 4S]

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Wissahickon Park

Sometimes [or, if you’re me, always] you just need to completely tire your dog out.  Parks are good for that.  Here’s one in Manayunk, just outside of Philadelphia, that does the trick. The park is huge, but the section near Walnut Lane Golf Course is where I went with Stella. If you venture off the path a bit you can crawl down to the river- sections of it even have beach!  They let dogs into the park and they can be off their leash so long as they’re friendly.  Check it out:

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American Authors, “Believer”


Now that I live in a slightly more interesting place than St. Mary’s County I’ve had visitors to this beautiful city.  I have pretty much used these trips as excuses to do things I’ve been wanting to do but haven’t gotten around to yet.

When my friend from DC visited I used that as an excuse to finally go to Yards Brewing Company to tour the brewery and have a pint [highly recommended, their Brawler is excellent].

When my dad drove up I went to Honey’s Sit N Eat for breakfast, something that had been on my ‘to-do’ list ever since I moved here.  A visit to the new Yankee’s stadium was also made- garlic fries were had.  Duh.

Jaclyn and I did some wine tasting in the Lehigh Valley and went to a cupcake place literally right around the corner from my apartment that I never even knew existed [!].  It’s called Brown Betty and its amazing.  If you’re a DC local- the cupcakes remind me of Baked and Wired because they’re more dense than the usual fluffy cupcake.  Still delicious though.  That could actually turn dangerous now that Rita’s has officially closed for the season…

I also took her to my guilty pleasure: One Shot Coffee.  Its a tad expensive but its so good. The espresso is amazing.  ‘Nuff said.

One thing still on my ‘to-do’ list is to explore the local parks here some more.  Hopefully I get visitors up here that I can drag to the Poconos or Wissahickon Park before it gets too cold!

To end, a song:

Royal Teeth, “Wild”

Adventures in parks with Stella


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I miss hiking in Shenandoah. Like, a lot. Luckily, Philadelphia has a pretty decent amount of land designated for state parks.  It’s no Colorado or Utah, but I’ll take it. The first 9 pictures were taken during a hike in … Continue reading