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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, the more I think about trying to hike the whole thing. It’s been a “someday” goal since… Read More

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 reviewing the trail for a separate post. When Jordi and I were making plans, one of our reasons… Read More

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

After planning our trip to Bear Creek Lake State Park for Kairi’s birthday over the summer, I realized we had a pattern of unique adventure trip for our birthdays. We went to the desert for Sebastian’s, the beach for Billy’s, and a lake for Kairi’s. So I announced that I wanted to go to the mountains for mine. It’s been awhile since we’ve had an October camping trip and we were due,… 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

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

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 even really plan it, but that week when Kairi and I were talking about where we would go… 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

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. And a secondary reason of really wanting to see what the river looked like partially frozen, since… Read More