Dear Diary,

Students across Pennsylvania wake up early, to tune into weather reports and hope their schools’ names scroll across the television’s closure list. Large amounts of snow may cancel school, but the winter weather doesn’t have to cancel family fun. When the streets are safe to drive on, pack up your car and your kids. The state offers endless opportunities for seasonal road trips. Here are our top trip picks.

Arctic Paws Dog Sled Tours, Pocono Mountains

Families with children ten-years-old and up and take an arctic adventure at Skytop Lodge. You’ll learn how to dog sled, interact with the incredible huskies and take a ride along a pine tree lined trail, ending at a waterfall.

Eagles Mere Toboggan Slide, Eagles Mere, PA

Don’t have a toboggan in your car’s trunk? No worries! You can rent one and conquer the huge hill built by the volunteer fire company. After flying down the icy slope at speeds reaching up to 45 mph, you can warm up with a cup of cocoa by the fireplace.

Click here for the complete list of arctic adventures.

About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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