TRAVEL. NIAGARA FALLS

My very cold day trip itinerary for Niagara Falls

View of Niagara Falls in the winter with a cloudy sky from the Niagara Falls Observation Tower.
View of Niagara Falls in the winter with a cloudy sky from the Niagara Falls Observation Tower.
All photos taken by author. View from Niagara Falls Observation Tower.

If you’ve spent any time in New York State, you’ve probably taken a trip to see the iconic Niagara Falls. Niagara Falls is a great day trip for anyone living or visiting Western New York for any time of the year.

As someone who grew up in Rochester, I’ve been to Niagara Falls a few times in both seasons and both the American and Canadian sides. While the border is currently closed, causing an unnervingly empty Rainbow Bridge, the American side has plenty of fun activities, even in the frigidness of Western New York winter!

I recently visited Niagara Falls…


A walking guide for budget to mid-range travelers in Iceland

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View from Hallgrimskirkja. All photos taken by Sarah Woodams

Welcome to Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland and the most walkable city I’ve ever visited!

While I’m sure you could spend much more than 24 hours in Reykjavik, the top tourist sites only take about a day and are all within walking distance of each other.

I’d recommend staying somewhere in downtown Reykjavik, within about a 1–1.5 km radius of the famous cathedral, Hallgrimskirkja. I stayed at the Downtown Reykjavik Apartments, but there are also many guesthouses in the area as well.

I ate a quick breakfast at the apartment…


Jon Ossoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock are the key to advancing climate legislation in Congress.

Georgia Democratic candidates Jon Ossoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock
Georgia Democratic candidates Jon Ossoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock
Jon Ossoff (left) from John Ramspott on Flickr and Reverend Raphael Warnock (right) from Raphael Warnock on Flickr. Collage by author.

As the runoff elections for Georgia’s regular Senate election and their special election come ever closer, it’s important to fully understand what’s at stake.

In addition to overall control of the Senate, pro-environmental legislation for both Georgia and the U.S. at large is dependent on the results of these elections.

When are the elections and who is running?

The runoff elections for both Senate seats are taking place on January 5, 2021. Early voting began on December 14, 2020.

The Republican Senator David Perdue is running for re-election against Democrat Jon Ossoff in a runoff after neither of them received 50% of the vote in the November 3…


Everything you need to know about green roofs

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Image by StockSnap from Pixabay

Green roofs, sometimes referred to as “eco-roofs” or “vegetated roofs” are a type of green infrastructure that is especially useful in urban areas. As the negative impacts of urbanization are further researched, green roofs have grown in popularity to help with issues such as stormwater management, the urban heat island effect, air quality, and poor insulation.

General History and Overview


How to capture the spirit (and the fuzz) of your pets even if you’re not an expert photographer

A black dog facing forward with their mouth slightly open with an orange and green blurry fall background.
A black dog facing forward with their mouth slightly open with an orange and green blurry fall background.
Photos: Sarah Woodams

Two of my greatest loves are photography and my dog, so exploring pet photography as been fun. I have done some more professional-looking shoots with companion animals, but I also love capturing everyday funny moments on my phone. Whether you’re looking to do a full portrait session or just get a bit better at capturing your pet’s personality for Instagram, these tips will help!

1. Have patience! A lot of it.


Science does know, actually.

A white car is driving down a road as grey smoke fills the sky while fires burn the forest on the side of the road.
A white car is driving down a road as grey smoke fills the sky while fires burn the forest on the side of the road.
Photo by Marcus Kauffman on Unsplash

As wildfires rage across the western United States, I feel incredibly grateful to live in an area where the worst weather involves feet of snow and not acres of fire. Other Americans are not so lucky.

At least 35 people have died with dozens more declared missing while the West Coast sky turned orange and red due to increased amounts of smoke and ash filling the atmosphere.


Denise is living proof that you should never judge a rescue dog by their blurry online photo

Denise (a black dog) in front of some white and green flowering bushes.
Denise (a black dog) in front of some white and green flowering bushes.
Photos: Sarah Woodams, unless otherwise noted

No, Denise is not my ancient grandma or a frail old aunt who wears turtlenecks almost every day. She’s my flat coated retriever border-collie chow-chow mix, who we adopted eleven years ago. She may not know it, but from day one Denise has been one of the most important parts of my life.

When I was just 9, a few years after losing our dog Jack, my family decided it was time to adopt a new family member. My dad, used to raising puppies, wasn’t sure if an adult dog would bond with us. After searching through hundreds of dogs…


It’s more progressive than you may think.

Joe Biden speaking at a podium.
Joe Biden speaking at a podium.
Photo by Gage Skidmore on Flickr

As the November election moves closer and closer, it’s important to read up on the candidates, both at the national and local level. Joe Biden is the Democratic nominee for president, and his website is full of his plans for tackling different issues.

Recently, the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force released their 110 page report that covers health care, the criminal justice system, the education system, immigration, and most importantly for this article: the climate crisis and environmental justice.¹

Biden’s website delves deep into these topics and outlines his many goals and how he plans to achieve them. This article will…


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Photo by Bruno Scramgnon from Pexels

There are many myths and falsities floating around about solar energy. Some may be spread on purpose by opposition to solar power, while others are just misunderstandings. We must learn the true positive and negative facts surrounding solar energy if we are to move forward to a more sustainable world.

This article will mainly focus on facts about solar panels because they are the most commonly discussed form of harnessing solar energy.

It’s time to set the record straight on the good and bad effects of using solar energy.

The Good

The use of solar energy has many benefits, some undisputed, while…

Sarah Woodams

Environmental Studies and Studio Art Major ✰ Travel and photography blog at sarahssmorgasbord.com

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