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I’ve made the drive from central Virginia to eastern Tennessee more times than I can count, from when I was too young to drive, to now when I’m often the only driver. While doable in a day’s drive, as my own family has grown and our kids have gotten older, we’ve found it’s often easier to break the drive into two days. Usually, we stay at a hotel. Weather, no room in… 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

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

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

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 in my local branch, but all the parents out there posting their pictures on Instagram, and talking about… 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