There’s no better way to admire something than to experience it. It’s the highest compliment you can offer. And it’s a complement I offer to Central Pennsylvania’s Nittany Valley as often as I can.

I soaked in this beautiful view from the backyard of a new friend earlier today. It’s a beautiful place to enjoy a beautiful scene.

One of the things I spoke to in Conserving Mount Nittany is that in Central Pennsylvania’s Nittany Valley, the fact that you’re in a valley amidst mountains is much more in-your-face. Philadelphians talk about the “Delaware Valley,” but where are their corresponding mountains?

This is one of the least remarked upon but most consequential aspects of the character of this place.