When the Ghost Town Trail was named one of Roadtrippers’ top rail trails in the United States, I knew I had to get there before the season’s end. That day came yesterday.

It quickly became one of my favorite trails in Indiana County, with its beautiful bridges and the creek that ran alongside a majority of the path. It probably helped that this is the first trail I’ve hit now that the leaves have started to change.

I will note, however, that this was not my most responsible adventure ever. I started late in the day, was determined to make it to the Buena Vista Furnace, and ended up on the trail after dark.

The furnace, according to Indiana County Parks & Trails was built in 1847 and was used to produce pig iron using local iron ore, limestone and charcoal. About 60 men and boys worked at the furnace.

The walk to the furnace was just under 7 miles (round trip), and it was definitely cool to see a piece of county history.

Some photos from the walk:

Hiking Indiana County: Buena Vista Furnace When the Ghost Town Trail was named one of Roadtrippers’ top rail trails in the United States…

Cold weather is on its way.

Today brought gloomy skies, bitter breezes and that crisp, fall-air smell that usually hits this time of year. The chilly weather brings with it the desire to curl up on the couch with a good book and a cup of coffee. That’s why a new book is the highlight of my current wishlist:

1. #GirlBoss, by Sophia Amoruso. I’m sure the book doesn’t need much description, since…

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Red Sox fans in PNC Park

There are a million reasons why I love Pittsburgh:

IMG_20140916_175942I love the view when you go around the corner on your way in to the city from 376 — coming around a huge bend in the road and just being faced my the skyline on the other side.

It’s an amazing city. There’s so much to do, so much to see, and it’s about ten times more beautiful every time I visit.

But most of all, it’s the people.20140916_213814_1

While driving in…

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Coolest U.S. Rail Trails: Ghost Town Trail

I’ve recently been using the Roadtrippers app, discovering new places and creating a bucket list of places I’d like to see in my lifetime. While exploring the site, I stumbled upon one of Indiana County’s own trails featured in a blog post.

Roadtrippers blogger Anna Hilder featured the Ghost Town Trail as part of a post about the coolest rail trails in the United States.

Though most of the trails…

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The perfect day.

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Music Monday: Albums I love

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Music Monday post, and since my last I’m sure I’ve discovered a whole lot of new music I love.

Here’s what I’m loving right now:

1. Let Me In, Grouplove

2. Dwntwn, Dwntwn

3. It’s the Good Crazy, Matt White

4. Calling Off the Dogs, Ron Pope

5.  Maps, Maroon 5

I’ve never been a big Maroon 5, but there’s something about “Maps” that I really like.

Click on any of…

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Part 2: Self Improvement and Growth #TEG30Day Challenge

It’s been almost a week since I vowed to participate in The Every Girl’s Self Improvement and Growth #TEG30DayChallenge.

Some of the things I’ve done this week have surprised me. I took control of my life this week, deciding that I needed a makeover, needed to do some major organizing and definitely needed some “me” time.

1. The Makeover

I used to have a hair dye addiction. Hair dye became a way…

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03 Sep 14 at 9 am

Self Improvement and Growth #TEG30Day Challenge

One of my favorite websites, this month The Every Girl is challenging women to take a self improvement and growth challenge.

Self Improvement and Growth #TEG30Day Challenge

One of my favorite websites, this month The Every Girl is challenging women to take a self improvement and growth challenge.

Labor Day Weekend: Not every hike is fun

When last week became one of the most stressful weeks of my life, I knew I wanted to do one thing to relax: hike.

I live just over five hours away from my family, who are dispersed throughout northeast Pennsylvania and upstate New York. When I found out I’d have a few days off in a row for the holiday (which doesn’t often happen in the world of journalism), I broke out a map and looked for places…

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