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Trip Report: A Weekend in Manchester, Vermont

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With the exception of this past weekend, it’s been way too hot in the Carolina’s. We’d been itching to go somewhere and get out of the South, but everytime we’d think of a cool place to go visit, the cost of airfare would deflate our dreams. (Seriously…$1200 for two people to go to Boston? That’s rediculous.)

Finally, Matt pulled the trigger and booked us a getaway to Dorset, Vermont; located just outside of Manchester in the Southwestern part of the state. I submitted my request for my last vacation day of the year (The fact that Americans don’t get enough vacation days is another rant of mine – we’re already running out of 2017’s as we begin allocating it out), and we made zero plans for the weekend other than to enjoy the chill of the Northeast and check another state off of Matt’s list. Continue reading “Trip Report: A Weekend in Manchester, Vermont” »

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” »

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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100 Miles to Celebrate 100 Years

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Did you know North Carolina State Parks celebrate 100 years of existance in 2016? Me either! But now that I know, I think it’s really cool.

North Carolina’s first state park was Mount Mitchell State Park (the highest peak in North Carolina) established on March 3, 1916. Since then, it’s expanded to 35 state parks, 20 natural areas, and 4 recreation areas.

Now you know how much I love state and national parks – I think they’re one of the best things the USA has done for preserving green space and nature for all of it’s citizens. It provides a place to go get fresh air, get healthy exercise, and I have some of my best conversations with friends (and myself, tbh) while wandering on trails. So I wanted to see how I could join in celebrating this centennial milestone.

That led me to stumble upon the North Carolina State Parks 100 Miles Challenge. Continue reading “100 Miles to Celebrate 100 Years” »

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