Hi There! I’m Rachel 🙂

I’m Rachel, a single mom who loves to see and experience all that this state (and beyond!) has to offer, so myself and my two boys have set out to do just that. I believe history is better learned in person and there’s no better cure for the blues than a good road trip!

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Gettysburg’s Shriver House Museum Tells the Civilian Experience
Activities With Kids | Attractions | Buildings and Landmarks | Destinations | Historic Places | Lincoln Highway | Museums | Tourism | Travel

Gettysburg’s Shriver House Museum Tells the Civilian Experience

We’ve all read about the horrors of the Civil War but it is often easy to forget the toll these battles took on the local citizens. Once the troops moved on, it didn’t mean that it was over for the townspeople. Instead, the armies left their injured and dead men and horses behind, along with…

Oh hi there! I’m Rachel!

I’m so glad you found my little space here on the web. 

I am passionate about so many things, but I am particularly interested in history and travel.

Family is so important to me so I try to include my two boys in as many of my adventures as I can. I feel that the things and places they actually experience are way more powerful than just reading about it in a book.

I have always had a passion for history — as long as I can remember. I finally turned this passion into action when I published my first postcard history book in 2007. It was followed up a year later by my second book, and then again by third which was published in 2020. (Spoiler alert: the third one was my favorite!)

North Park Fountain of Youth
Activities With Kids | Buildings and Landmarks | Destinations | Geocaching | Historic Places | Roadside Attractions

Pittsburgh’s Fountain of Youth in North Park

What would it be like to stay young forever? Or maybe just to rewind 10 or 20 years? Would you do anything differently? Society has been obsessed with reversing time pretty much since the beginning of time. This is why when you see a stone structure marked “Fountain of Youth” along a road outside of…

North Park Water Tower Stand Pipe and The Terrazzo Floor
Abandoned | Pittsburgh | Tourism | Travel | Western Pennsylvania

North Park Water Tower Stand Pipe and The Terrazzo Floor

 At first glance, the North Park water tower appears to be a looming column of rusting steel. Looks, however, can be deceiving. This tower holds a fantastic secret that no one but a select few have seen in almost 50 years. Built in 1937, Pittsburgh’s North Park Water Tower, officially known as the North Park…