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: 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”

Resolutions on Storytelling

My favorite professor in college was a man of stories. He was the head of the Philosophy and Religious Studies department, and had a background of military service, psychotropic drugs, and a time he hitchhiked from Canada to, wait for it, Hawaii. This professor shaped my college experience in so many ways, from how heContinue reading “Resolutions on Storytelling”

Winter Adventures for Families — Camping is Not Just For Summer!

In my last post I talked about some of my favorite small businesses specializing in outdoor gear for kids. But what if you already have rainsuits and sunscreen towels, or would rather spend your money on experiences instead of things? Winter is still a great time to get outside, and there are new experiences thatContinue reading “Winter Adventures for Families — Camping is Not Just For Summer!”

Trail Review: Soddy Creek Gorge South (Cumberland Trail Segment)

I’ve gotten more ambitious in our hiking distances. Kairi being old enough to walk 4-5 miles on her own, inspiration from other Hike It Baby families, and a desire to hike as much of Chattanooga as I can are mostly to blame for this. These factors have all combined so when I am planing aContinue reading “Trail Review: Soddy Creek Gorge South (Cumberland Trail Segment)”

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”

Trail Review: Cravens House Trail to Sunset Rock

It’s been almost a month since National Summit Day, so I am very, very, very overdue in sharing this trail! Between camping trips and writing about Virginia, I’m behind in covering some of our TN hiking adventures, and this one is a great place to start. We did this trail shortly after getting into ourContinue reading “Trail Review: Cravens House Trail to Sunset Rock”

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”