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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 a “family hike” day, I look for trails at least three miles in length. Since our plans to… Read More

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 to see. My goal was for us to take a family backpacking trip out there. There is a… Read More

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 our new house. After a week of unpacking, painting, and unpacking some more, we knew we wanted to… Read More

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 Park to camp for a couple of nights at Foster Falls Campground. I chose Foster Falls due in… Read More

We are officially residents of Tennessee, now. The kids and I have been here almost three weeks now, and I am daily longing for my RVA Hike It Baby family, and despite living almost at the foot of Lookout Mountain, every time I see a picture of the Blue Ridge Mountains I feel a huge pang of homesickness. Richmond is well over an hour from the mountains, closer to two hours for… Read More

We went to Bear Creek Lake for the first time when Kairi was two. It was a nice day and we wanted to take advantage of the weather, so figured we’d drive the hour outside of Richmond to check out the beach on the man-made lake at the park. Unfortunately, storms passed near the area not long after we got there, so while we never saw any rain, the lake closed on… Read More

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 my favorite campgrounds. Loft Mountain is located around milepost 80 off Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, and… Read More

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 go somewhere so impressive.  We not a family of early risers–Billy and Kairi in particular. Because we were… Read More

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 I knew before college. We decided not to, since we weren’t sure we would have been able to… Read More

This trail is an old favorite of mine. I first hiked it, if not as a teenager, then certainly early into my college years. Back then the internet was still pretty useless for trail guides, so if you didn’t have someone you could ask for recommendations, or have places you discovered on your own, it was harder to plan day trips that required a 1-2 hour drive. I can’t remember if this… Read More