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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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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