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: 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”

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”

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: 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”

Arizona Review: Part 1

We’ve been back from our trip to northern Arizona for exactly one month now, so I guess I should stop procrastinating and work on my write up of it. Although it’s hard to write about it. One of the biggest lessons I took away from college was based on C.S. Lewis’ essay “Myth Became Fact,”Continue reading “Arizona Review: Part 1”

Campground Review: Powhatan State Park

Billy and I realized on our trip this weekend that we have gone camping over Easter weekend almost every year we’ve been together. Probably with both of us working in retail for so long we always had Easter off, so it made it easy to take a couple extra days. This year we didn’t evenContinue reading “Campground Review: Powhatan State Park”

The Power of Community

And not just within the community. But the reach of it. I’ve talked before about the motivation I have found through Hike It Baby to get my kids outside. Going out in the rain, going out in record-breaking cold. But going out solo is something else I can attribute to HIB. Especially the moms inContinue reading “The Power of Community”