Animals Reflections Washington DC

National Arboretum: Exploring Mount Hamilton in Winter

Sometimes I go into the woods at the U.S. National Arboretum just to breathe deeply. Feeling close to the mossy rocks, vine-draped trees, and skittering squirrels helps me to meditate as well as my Calm app. What is it that causes our mind and body to react so strongly as to look at a tree? Flower? Fallen leaf? “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” William Shakespeare National Arboretum Hiking I like to hike at the U.S. National…

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Visiting Frederick Douglass’ Cedar Hill Estate in Washington D.C.

When I visited Cedar Hill estate, the last home where Frederick Douglass lived for 17 years, I thought I saw his ghost. I had just finished the National Park Service’s docent tour of the home in Anacostia. My brain had a few cobwebs as my thoughts darted back to 1877 when Frederick and his wife Anna moved into their new home. Sitting on a hill at what is one of the highest points in Washington DC, this home overlooks the…

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Awe-Inspiring Waterfalls: Great Falls National Park

Gawking at awe-inspiring waterfalls should be on every traveler’s list. Standing at the Great Falls Park guard rail and watching the frantic falls pound the rocks below on the Potomac River, I am transported out of everyday stresses. I could have been standing on a cruise liner or staring down a mountain cliff. All I hear is the deafening sound of water. The park is located in Great Falls, Virginia. Everyone tries to find their corner even if it is…

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Free Berlin Street Art Walking Tour

Berlin street art is mind-blowing, and admission is free to the open-air street galleries located in East Berlin. Maximize your investment through a guided tour. I did this last June since I only had one day to sightsee in Berlin during my whirlwind five-country tour of Europe. I booked a free walking tour of Berlin street art through Original Berlin Tours.  Similar to the Free Tours By Foot offered in major U.S. and European cities, this company lets you take…

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San Sebastián del Oeste: Travel Back In Time

On the Pacific side of Mexico, you can step back into the colonial life and times of San Sebastián del Oeste. Founded in 1605, this historic village is nestled in the hills of the Sierra Madre mountain range. Silver miners settled the town. Visitors can see the miners’ original homes and shops. In addition, the historic church features paintings, statues, and artifacts.  Dive into the life of a miner by strolling down the cobblestone and dirt streets lined with wooden…

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Sayulita: 12 Reasons to Visit Pueblo Magico

Sayulita is the Mexican village everyone tells you to visit if you vacation in Puerto Vallarta. As a Pueblo Magico (magical town), Sayulita is a mystical destination that sweeps visitors back into the folklore, history, and culture of Mexico’s past. Minus the tourists that flock to visit, Sayulita is a small town of 5000 residents located on the Pacific Coast in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico. Pueblo Magico You visit Sayulita to discover “cultural richness, historical relevance, cuisine, art crafts, and great…

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Top 10 FemaleSoloTrek Articles in 2023

My Top 10 FemaleSoloTrek Articles in 2023 as measured by my FemaleSoloTrek readers’ clicks focused on Washington DC places, gardens, dog-worthy venues, and small towns. My dog Parker is not surprised that any articles that include his adventures will be a favorite with my readers. Two of my posts on my international trips (Copenhagen and Sicily) also ranked in the Top 10. This research shows you don’t have to clock thousands of miles to benefit from solo treks. Eight of…

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Adventure Reflections Washington DC

Miracle on A Street NE

Updated December 23, 2023: There is a neighborhood in Washington DC that I nicknamed “The Miracle on A Street NE” in homage to the 20th Century Fox film called “A Miracle on 34th Street.” We all yearn to be part of those magical towns in the movies—fictional places like Bedford Falls In A Wonderful Life—where neighbors know everybody by name, watch out for each other’s kids, and notice when something is wrong. But the reality is life can be quite…

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