When Hiking Trillium Gap to Grotto Falls, Don’t Skip 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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8-Mile Hike to Ramsey Cascades

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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Hiking the Appalachian Trail to Charlie’s Bunion

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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A Hidden Gem in East Tennessee: Obed Wild & Scenic River

I now live less than an hour from the nearest mountains. Just pinched myself. Not dreaming. It’s entirely possible for me to drive to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in under 60 minutes – and I've taken advantage of that several times in my first month as a Tennessee resident. Can ya blame me? …

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A Tennessee Waterfall Adventure: Hiking Abrams Falls in Cades Cove

Welp. I did it. After 5+ years of being a Florida girl, I traded the beach for the mountains. And honestly, I’m sitting here thinking, What took me so long?! Tennessee is a state for adventurers. A state where – after just a few short weeks – I already feel like I belong. Though I’m …

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My Favorite Souvenirs

I’ll admit. I’m one of those people who can’t travel without buying souvenirs. Still, I tend to avoid the kitschy, tourist shop tchotchkes. Okayyyyy, so I’ll also admit that I do sometimes wind up with a cheap ol’ trinket that means nothing other than to prove I was there. That’s the exception to the rule, …

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Queenstown, NZ is the Ultimate Adventure Travel Destination

The moment I booked a flight to Sydney, I knew I’d wind up booking a flight to New Zealand, too. No way, José, was I gonna fly to the other side of the world and not visit both countries. I mean, who knows when I’ll be in that hemisphere again. It’s not exactly a quick …

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Adventure with me!

**UPDATE** Due to an insufficient number of enrollees, this trip will not be taking place. Stay tuned for future opportunities to travel with me!   Friends. I'm going to Scotland, and you're invited! But first, here's how it happened... Ten years ago, I visited Scotland. Well, I visited Edinburgh. And it was magical. Old town. …

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My Favorite Adventures Take Me Higher

The title says it all. My favorite adventures are the ones that get me up in the sky OR closer to it. Want proof? Here’s a compilation of past blog posts that speak to my love of all things skyward. The Day I Became an Adrenaline Junkie – This goes all the way back to …

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Highlights From My Trip to Switzerland

I spent an entire week in Switzerland back in May and put a whole lotta effort into creating the perfect itinerary. But, the perfect itinerary also includes time for spontaneity – which is why I’m not surprised that my list of favorite Swiss experiences includes both planned and unplanned things. Truthfully, the title of this …

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