Back Road Ramblers (@back.road.ramblers) — Tara Schatz - Freelance writer from Vermont - specializing in small-town and outdoor writing. @obozfootwear ambassador. Read my latest post:
Still on of my all-time favorite tours at my favorite national park. The Desert Queen Ranch in Joshua Tree National Park. This was a homestead back in the day, and the family that lived here had a very colorful history. The National Park Service has preserved it, and you can only visit with a park ranger.
Even though I love exploring new trails, it’s the ones near home that get me outside. Here, I know every tree and mud puddle. I’ve named the resident barred owl, and can tell you where the trout are hiding in the summer. I’ve walked these trails almost every day for 12 years, and even I find that hard to believe. It took me 30 years to find a place to call home. Some day, I won’t have these woods to explore every day, but I’ll never take them for granted. Do you have a place like this in your life?
Snow and cemeteries are such a fabulous combination. We have several beautiful graveyards in Bennington, but our most famous is the one behind the Old First Church. Robert Frost is buried here, as are many Revolutionary War soldiers. If you ever make it Bennington, VT, it’s an interesting place to explore.