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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

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

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

On the way home from the babysitter’s last Friday, Kairi and I were going through our normal run-down of which grown-ups she would be with over the coming days. Saturday would be a mommy day. Sunday would be a family day. I asked her what she wanted to do on our family day, and she said “go for a hike!”   Well, that was easy. ❤   Billy and I had already… Read More

I hiked this one years and years ago with my high school Venture Crew, and it stuck with me as one of the most inspiring views I’d ever seen on a hike. As a teenager, I remembered watching the shadow of the clouds move across the mountains, and the giant rocks we played hide and seek in. It’s a trail I’ve mentioned to Billy several times in our adventures together, but we… Read More