Advent starts today – do you know what that means?

Advent starts today – do you know what that means?

Advent starts on December 1st every year, but do you know how it works, why we have it, how to enjoy it the most this year?  This fun, two-minute video explains it really well. Thanks to Busted Halo Videos for this video…and Merry Christmas to everyone.   Please...
Skip the backpack and try a Ribz front pack

Skip the backpack and try a Ribz front pack

I’m a big fan of backpacks, having used dozens of different brands over the years. While in the Amazon, with nowhere to use a roller bag, I’ve even used two at a time – one hanging forward on my chest while the bigger one hung on my back. But, I’d never experienced a...
Ridgway, PA – center of all-season outdoor fun

Ridgway, PA – center of all-season outdoor fun

In February every year, the internationally renowned Chainsaw Carving Rendezvous takes place in Ridgway, Pennsylvania. Since my great grandfather was their town physician around the turn of the 20th century, we decided to go see the Rendevous and also check out Dr....
Getting to know St. Marys, PA

Getting to know St. Marys, PA

In the Pennsylvania Wilds, there’s the pleasant little town of St. Marys, PA. About 120 miles northeast of Pittsburgh and 120 miles due south from Buffalo, NY, you’ll find this city that was home to the first Benedictine convent in the US. Straub Brewery also calls...
Small town cafe hidden in gift shop

Small town cafe hidden in gift shop

Walking down the street in St. Mary’s, Pennsylvania, you’d probably walk right by the Village Peddler Country Store if you were looking for a restaurant. Sure, there’s a “Café” sign in the lower left corner of the plate glass window, but your eyes are caught instead...
Chainsaw chorus rocks Ridgway, PA

Chainsaw chorus rocks Ridgway, PA

RIDGWAY, PA  February 24, 2013  — Rrrmmm, Rrrmmmm, Beezzzzzz Beezz Beezzzzzzzzzz  If you were walking the streets of Ridgway, PA in the past week, you’d be very familiar with these sounds of chainsaws. From the steps of the court house to the banks of the...