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.

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”

Trail Review: Julia Falls Overlook

The hike from Signal Point to Edwards’ Point has been on my Chattanooga trails list since we first started talking about moving down here. My parents got married at Signal Point, and I’m an Edwards on my dad’s side, so there is a lot of personal connection to a place I had never managed toContinue reading “Trail Review: Julia Falls Overlook”

Campground Review: Balsam Mountain

After we announced we were leaving RVA, a close friend in HIB told me she and her family were taking a southeastern road trip in August that included two nights in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and asked if we wanted to camp with them. Of course I was more than happy to make theContinue reading “Campground Review: Balsam Mountain”

Campground Review: Foster Falls

One of the benefits to moving, is having an entire new state’s worth of new trails and campgrounds to explore. After Billy finished his first week at his new store he ended up with Sunday and Monday off, so we decided to escape the humidity of Chattanooga and travel up to South Cumberland State ParkContinue reading “Campground Review: Foster Falls”

Campground Review: Loft Mountain

A couple weeks ago, a very close friend of mine got some bad news. I had already been debating on taking the kids camping for the night, so when she told me, it cemented my decision: I invited her over, and then whisked her off to the mountains for some nature-therapy in one of myContinue reading “Campground Review: Loft Mountain”

Arizona Part II: The Grand Canyon

I’ve been tagged in enough posts requesting tips on the Grand Canyon, that I have no excuse to delay writing this anymore, even though I don’t know that I have a lot of tips to really offer. I’m not sure we did the Grand Canyon “right,” if there really is a right way to goContinue reading “Arizona Part II: The Grand Canyon”

Trail Review: The Priest

The Priest has been on my hiking bucket list for about 8 years now. Before we were married, Billy and I hiked Crabtree Falls, and when we got to the top we saw the trail sign for The Priest, and debated on continuing on, since I vaguely remembered hearing about the views from hikers IContinue reading “Trail Review: The Priest”

Learning to like winter

Not to love it. But I am learning to like it. And I have photography and Hike It Baby to thank for that. I took Kairi and A, one of the kids I babysit, to Pony Pasture Rapids today for one main reason: I wanted to get pictures of my kid(s) hiking in the snow.Continue reading “Learning to like winter”