Under the Midnight Sun: Alaska In 72 Hours or Less

In trying to catch up on writing from this year, it feels appropriate to talk about a place of extreme days and nights on the day Daylight Savings Time ends for most of the US. So while most of this writing is several months old, this trip was such a highlight of my year, andContinue reading “Under the Midnight Sun: Alaska In 72 Hours or Less”

Trail Review: Andrews Bald, GSMNP

Evident along the entire hike are dead trees, casualties of the Balsam Woolly Adelgid that has killed so many of the trees in the southern Appalachian region. In this section however, fir trees are abundant. The smell is so fresh, damp, and green, and this early in the morning with the trail to ourselves, it’s like we are hiking through the edges of Narnia.

Campground Review: Greenheart Forest

Late spring was a busy time for us. I had several client sessions, back-to-back camping trips, a lot of time spent trying to clean out my mom’s house, and the end of the Girl Scout season to wrap up.  When we got home from our trip to Little Tybee Island in May, we were allContinue reading “Campground Review: Greenheart Forest”

In Pursuit of Avoidance

We went to Richmond last weekend, for a trip of many purposes. Most of it was family-related, but we also wanted to celebrate Kairi’s birthday a little early at Bear Creek Lake State Park, as we have done the last two years. She was sad to miss it there this year, so we surprised herContinue reading “In Pursuit of Avoidance”

Little Tybee Island: Your Own Private Beach

May is our time of year for secluded beach adventures, it seems. Last year we took a bikepacking trip to False Cape State Park, which still remains one of my favorite beach trips ever. Living in Tennessee, beach trips are fewer and further between, but we are finding ways to fit them in regardless. WeContinue reading “Little Tybee Island: Your Own Private Beach”

Trail Review: Backpacking Max Patch

I have done a lot of day hikes on the Appalachian Trail. It’s hard not to, when you live in Virginia and grow up hiking in Shenandoah National Park. The AT cuts a path through the heart of the Virginia mountains, and is home to a huge number of day hikes. The older I get,Continue reading “Trail Review: Backpacking Max Patch”

Campground Review: Warriors Path State Park

I’ve made the drive from central Virginia to eastern Tennessee more times than I can count, from when I was too young to drive, to now when I’m often the only driver. While doable in a day’s drive, as my own family has grown and our kids have gotten older, we’ve found it’s often easierContinue reading “Campground Review: Warriors Path State Park”

Welcoming Spring

Even though the spring equinox was a few days ago, I’ve been thinking since…well, since the new year about writing a post on hiking, and outdoor experience, as a means of connecting with the Wheel of the Year. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term, the Wheel of the Year is exactlyContinue reading “Welcoming Spring”

Trail Review: Buffalo Mountain Natural Area Preserve

It’s been awhile since a trail review! Weather, holidays, injuries, and illness have kept us from exploring many new trails over the last couple of months–but that doesn’t mean we didn’t manage at least a couple. I mentioned Buffalo Mountain before in my post about Hygge and the Winter Solstice, but wanted to save reviewingContinue reading “Trail Review: Buffalo Mountain Natural Area Preserve”

Parenting Our Parks Through the Shutdown

I’ve been on somewhat of a social media hiatus since the beginning of the year. Not as a resolution, just in an effort to be more present, and to free up some of the clutter in my mind. I need to think about where to take my business, this blog, and I’ve been working onContinue reading “Parenting Our Parks Through the Shutdown”