7 Principles of “Leave No Trace”

Enjoying the outdoors responsibly

We want to be sure to keep places like the ADKs beautiful for years to come. Be sure to follow the following 7 Principles of Leave No Trace so that the outdoors can be enjoyed with responsible use.

  1. Plan Ahead & Prepare
  2. Travel & Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
Provided by: (c) Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.  Visit them at: www.LNT.org


Gettysburg, PA

There is no doubt in my mind.  We will be returning to this area.  The history is rich, the people are great, and this area is centralized for our entire brood to reunite.  Before leaving Gettysburg, I want to be sure to complete our Bucket List for our next trip.

  1. Bring our bikes.  Well, let’s ride them too!  We want to ride on the trail that is most southern from Pickett’s Charge.  Note: The trail is lined on both sides with fencing.
  2. Be sure to shop for authentic clothing at: Abraham’s Lady – Civil War Era Clothing & Accessories.  (Since writing this item, Abraham’s Lady has become a Mail Order company with a great website and very useful Facebook page.  Be sure to check both hyperlinks.
  3. Once you arrive into town, you will totally understand why we want to be sure to Rent a Scooter.
  4. We completed Chapters 1-5 of the Gettysburg Audio Tour by TravelBrain. There are several tours and tour types to choose from while in Gettysburg.  We felt this one suited us best.  We needed flexible time to learn, take hikes and spend time with our family members who were stopping by throughout the week.

QUESTION:  What is on your Bucket List for your trip to Gettysburg?  What would you recommend we do next time? 


Gettysburg, PA

There are numerous ways to discover Gettysburg, PA.  The charm of this destination is the availability of so many options and activities, no one can ever be bored.  You can plan a great trip here that is budget conscious or extravagant.  Whatever your tastes and wallet can handle.  Here are a few ideas to get you thinking:

  • Visit the National Park Service website – this is a great place to start your planning
  • Click HERE for Official Map and Guide
  • Bus Tours
  • Hiking Trails
  • Audio Tour in your car
  • Scooters
  • Bicycle Riding
  • Look up Gettysburg in your APP store
  • Guided Tour from Licensed Battlefield Guide
  • Horseback Riding Trails on Battlefield
  • Books on the Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg
  • Conversations with local residents
  • Experiencing the Battle of Gettysburg with Reenactoers
  • Local Eateries
  • Cemetaries
  • ghost Tours
  • Dress in Historic Clothing

As we wrap up this visit, there are some final thoughts we would like to share.  This is our big take-away from this trip.

If your life is fast paced, super busy and time seems to pass at warp speed, then Gettysburg is for you.  This is a destination where you can spend a good chunk of time, like a week.  If you are not too far away, a long weekend here could be the best medicine as well.  Turn off your cell phone and walk around.  Read as many of the 1300 monuments that are located within 25 square miles.  Wear your FitBit and get your fill of steps in, daily.  With all of the flat trails, you could have your 10,000 steps in by lunch!

Then take time to spend the afternoons relaxing with family and friends around your campfire.  It doesn’t get any better than this!

Discovering America Together!  Sparky & Darlin’


Finally arrive at Stafford Civil War Park in Virginia

Somehow, when I quizzed several adults, they attribute this title to Abraham Lincoln (It was really an English author, Hickson) .  Personally, I enjoy how W.C. Fields takes this to the new level with, “If first you don’t success then try, try again. Then Quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it.”  Well, I tried quitting but Sparky was persistent and we finally found, nestled behind a neighborhood, the Stafford Civil War Park. The day was beautiful and we surely got in over 10,000 steps today!

This park is one of many that you can visit while traveling through the areas with a rich Civil War history. What makes this one special is the creation of this park. Thanks to passionate community members and Heritage Media LLC, the Stafford Civil War Park is not only accessible to local residents but to all Civil War enthusiasts. To learn more, here is a brief video. (The clip begins with the historical information. At 2:34, you are introduced to the park as seen today. Enjoy!)