East Tennessee Hike: A Review of Devil’s Racetrack Trail to Triple Falls & Devil’s Overlook

Living less than an hour from the Smoky Mountains, we are not lacking for hikes. Unfortunately, Smoky Mountain National Park does not allow dogs on trails—and we have a dog who loves to hike. So, we're always on the hunt for new dog friendly trails near Knoxville, TN. A few weeks ago, my husband John …

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Things to Do in Gulf Shores, Alabama & the Florida Panhandle

Our 2021 Christmas Beach Vacation For the second year in a row, John and I took a Christmas trip to a beachy destination that I'd never been before. In 2020, it was coastal Georgia—St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island to be exact. It's a beautiful area with stunning beaches; however, being on the Atlantic Ocean, …

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Simple New Year’s Resolutions—Progress Over Perfection

How do you feel about New Year's resolutions? Maybe it's just me, but it seems like—this year more than ever—making resolutions is a polarizing topic. Darned if you do. Darned if you don't. Do you know what I mean? On the one hand, there's pressure to make one because, gosh, isn't everyone? No one wants …

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Yellowstone and Grand Teton Itinerary: Two National Parks in Two Days

Is it possible or even practical to visit both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park in just two days? Yes. Absolutely it is. But let me amend that by saying I would only recommend attempting both parks in two days during off season months, like April, September, or October. Why? Far less traffic and people …

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2020 Review: Expectations, Reality, & What I Learned

January 1, 2020. What an innocent day, looking back. I started off the year hiking House Mountain just outside of Knoxville, then shared my recap of 2019, that included hopes and goals for 2020. January 1, 2020: House Mountain solo hike On that day, Covid was simply something happening in China. I had no clue …

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Is Croatia on Your Bucket List? 5 Reasons You Must Visit

Croatia is one of those up-and-coming countries. Gaining popularity, but still not as touristed (yup, it’s a word) as Italy and other nearby European nations. At least, not yet. And that, my friends, is why I’m urging you to add Croatia to your travel bucket list ASAP if it’s not already penciled in. Better yet, …

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Grotto Falls Hike and Brushy Mountain

Grotto Falls is pretty popular. First, it’s the only waterfall in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that you can walk behind. Bam. Instant appeal. Second, it’s a short hike. Only 1.4 miles from the Trillium Gap trailhead to the falls. Minimal effort for maximum beauty. Ironically, Grotto Falls’ popularity and the short trek to …

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Ramsey Cascades Trail: Smoky Mountain Waterfall Hike

Welp. I found my sweet spot. My hiking sweet spot, that is. And I don’t mean location. I’m talking distance. After nearly two months of life in Tennessee – hiking lotsa trails of various lengths – I’ve discovered that 8-mile hikes are juuuuuuust right, in that Goldie Locks-esque sort of way. Don’t get me wrong. …

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Charlies Bunion Trail: Hike Review

Friends, I hiked eight miles to see a bunion in the Smokies. Though I don’t have bunions, they’re hereditary on my mom’s side – so I grew up quite familiar with ‘em. Outside of my family, though, it’s not often I hear much bunion talk. Maybe that’s why I was so intrigued when several Tennesseans …

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