Hop On, Hop Off in Asheville!

Strolling down memory lane in Asheville brought out the tour guide in Derek. We saw the Nature Center where he spent volunteer hours working with animals and his favorite fishing hole where he claims to have baited fish with kernels of corn. We ran a hill workout in his old neighborhood and stopped by the […]

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Cruising the Blue Ridge Parkway

Everything changes with perspective. The view from above is both exhilarating and terrifying. Winding roads and pitch-black tunnels are followed by panoramic vistas blanketed in a sea of blue and green. While I can get lost in my imagination immersed on a forest hike, the view from the clouds lightens my soul. The Blue Ridge […]

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Sliding Rock and Looking Glass Falls

When simple pleasures meet natural wonders, there is a marriage of time and place so innocently beautiful that generations of humans have shared in the same experience time and time again. To think that there is still a place where you can enter a forest, gaze upon a waterfall, and walk onto a well-worn boulder […]

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12 Bones

There’s nothing better than slow-roasted pulled pork that melts in your mouth. I’ve recently come to be a lover of pork sandwiches when eating out back home. However, I was told that I had not had authentic pulled pork until tasting the southern cooking of 12 Bones Smokehouse in Asheville, North Carolina. The establishment has […]

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Chimney Rock State Park

After being on the road for roughly 5 hours from Lexington, KY to Asheville, NC, we were looking forward to stretching our legs. Chimney Rock State Park was recommended as a must-see hike in Asheville that could easily be accomplished in an hour or two. As we approached the gate entrance, we were told that […]

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Returning to Asheville

Asheville, North Carolina has been on my bucket list ever since Derek and I first started dating five years ago at Hope College. Growing up in northern Indiana, I dreamed of exploring mountains and waterfalls, adoring every road trip my family took to visit my grandparents in Massachusetts and Maine. But when Derek told me […]

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Our Honeymoon Terrarium

With our green thumbs itching for just a little more creativity, we discovered the world of terrariums. Similar to an aquarium’s portable water-environment, a terrarium is a sealed glass container for growing plants. The inspiration for creating our own terrarium came from reading the book Tiny World Terrariums by the creators of Twig Terrariums in […]

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The shriveled beginnings of a rookie Gardener

As one who lives on the third floor of an apartment building, gardening had not crossed my mind as an accessible endeavor. There have been opportunities to get my hands dirty at my sister-in-law’s home where we weeded unruly intruders in the backyard and planted tulip bulbs to await their bloom.  Eating fresh herbs and […]

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Pickleball, anyone?

Imagine a shortened tennis court played with what seems to be a wiffle ball and ping pong paddles and you have invented a new sport, Pickleball. While Derek was working in Naples, Florida, he saw people playing Pickleball everywhere. Naples happens to be one of the most popular places to play Pickleball and hosts the annual […]

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Ready for a Comeback

Everyone needs little victories. Race morning, I wasn’t sure if I even wanted to run the 5K being just three days out from my stomach virus. The week before had been one of my slowest times in the 5K and I didn’t want a repeat performance. On the drive to the Shipshewana Mayfest 5K, I started psyching […]

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