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2016 Holiday Gift Guide

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Originally I was going to do this guide for the man in your life. But as I was writing it, I realized that I – a woman – really wanted a lot of these things too. So instead of a gendered holiday gift guide, I’m sharing things to get the person in your life who would rather be outdoors. That seems much better, right?
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It was difficult to #OptOutside this year

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Fall 2016 has been pretty disappointing for us, hike wise. The weather was incredibly hot (and honestly, it’s still warmer than what I would want), making it to where the dogs and I got tired more quickly. [Note: I highly recommend hiking thoughout a pregnancy, but it is so tough admitting to yourself that your body can’t handle conditions or distance that you did just a few months prior.] Then, the wildfires caused by arson, lightning, and drought conditions has kept a lot of trails and areas we love to explore from being accessible. Continue reading “It was difficult to #OptOutside this year” »

Holiday Shopping in a Small Town: Shopping Local

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Happy Post-Thanksgiving! Our Thursday was spent visiting our families, eating two big meals, and being thankful for great family members who recognize that our dogs are our children and go where we go. My grandmother even allowed the dogs in her house, much to the amazement of my parents, aunts, and uncles. My grandmother was even sneakily sneaking them food – just proving that the great-granddogs are the obviously the favourites in the family. Continue reading “Holiday Shopping in a Small Town: Shopping Local” »

Exploring the Cohutta Wilderness Area: Beech Bottoms Jacks River Falls Hike

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Back in early October, we took an impromptu (and long) day trip to the Cohutta Wilderness Area in Northwest Georgia. It’s an area we had longed to go and backpack, but somehow finding the time for an overnight was tough this summer. Instead, we loaded Moose into the car and left our cabin in Tiger, Georgia early in the morning for the three hour drive through the mountains to go on a hike.

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