Catching the Spartan Fever

This is Football season. From the NFL to high school sports, the culture of community happenings closely mingles with the spirit of game days. Friends know all too well that Derek and Ashley Jager are huge Michigan State fans who make it up to the Mitten State whenever possible to follow the team in Spartan […]

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The Pleasantly Peculiar Sport of FootGolf

It’s true origins are unknown, but as early as 2001, footballers were experimenting with a new sport. FootGolf, as it has come to be called, is a combination of a round of golf played with a soccer ball. The first official tournament was held in the Netherlands in 2008 and has continued to advance around […]

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U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017

In the heart of Detroit, Michigan on a “Sunday, Bloody,¬†Sunday” of Labor Day Weekend, we witnessed music legends pour their souls into songs over 30 years old energizing a stadium of fans hanging onto every note. We experienced an enlightened transformation into U2 fandom after attending this fantastic concert. Prior to selecting concert-day tickets on […]

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Hiking Grandfather Mountain

The overcast skies loomed above as we traveled north on the Blue Ridge Parkway for Grandfather Mountain. The daily forecast predicted afternoon showers but mountain-top climates can temperamental. A few droplets plunked on the windshield before the heavens opened up for a blinding nightmare of a downpour. Wipers were no match for this thunderstorm, especially […]

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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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