Adventures

Summer Gig | Zip Line Guide

Snagged a seasonal summer gig as a zip line guide at Foxfire Mountain Adventures this summer. I am afraid of heights and had never zip lined before but I threw myself at this challenge and kicked it right int he nads. Unfortunately, it’s not the ideal job for someone with carpal tunnel like myself so […]

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Solar Eclipse 2017

“Oh, I’m bein’ followed by a moonshadow, moon shadow, moonshadow, Leapin and hoppin’ on a moonshadow, moonshadow, moonshadow” My dad, my dog, my 1985 Toyota Van Wagon aka Bodacious Betsy and myself found a spot to watch totality near Happy Valley, TN. What a phenomenal experience! It got so dark we could see stars. I […]

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Portrait in Red

“Ei, Großmutter, was hast du für große Ohren!” “Daß ich dich besser hören kann.” “Ei, Großmutter, was hast du für große Augen!” “Daß ich dich besser sehen kann.” “Ei, Großmutter, was hast du für große Hände” “Daß ich dich besser packen kann.” “Aber, Großmutter, was hast du für ein entsetzlich großes Maul!” “Daß ich dich […]

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Cruisin’ Cades Cove Loop

My Wanderlust is 100% the fault of my Dad. He has always inspired curiosity and exploration. While visiting me in Seymour, TN recently we decided to head over to Cades Cove and drive their 11 mile, one way loop tour. It’s a valley abundant in wildlife, historic buildings and majestic mountain views. We bought a $1 […]

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Carver’s Gap Goodness

An access point to the Appalachian Trail, Carver’s Gap is a fantastic place to hike with breathtaking 360 degree views. I really headed that way to check out the Roan Mountain Park but it wasn’t open yet (opened Memorial Day weekend) so I strutted up the balds. Tucked along the TN/NC line it straddles the […]

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Portrait in Red

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12 Travel Secrets You’ll Only Learn in Culinary School

This article from CNTraveller, 12 Travel Secrets You’ll Only Learn in Culinary School, hits the nail on the head on #7. When in Austria and you want a real locals experience… hit up a Buschenschank! Check out my post below where I share my very own winter time Buschenschank experience. Buschenschank aka Heuriger  

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A Hidden Gem

While wandering in the woods near Hampton, TN some friends stumbled upon this fantastic camping spot. Two waterfalls join together and merge into the Doe River. There is a man made rock wall surrounding a camping area with a nice sized fire pit. It’s a bit of a perilous hike but so worth it.

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Abandoned Tweetsie Bridges & Tunnel

The East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad or as the locals call it Tweetsie railroad was a smaller than usual rail built in 1886. It ran through the mountains from Johnson City to Hampton via Elizabethton. Residents at one point even called it the  “Railway with a Heart” as railroad personnel often performed errands for the locals […]

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Never Again

While visiting a friend in Munich last July I finally decided to get over my overwhelming angst and visit Dachau. It was an absolutely beautiful day, which really contrasted the darkness of the place we were going. I have avoided even looking at the raw photos, let alone editing through them… until now. I really don’t […]

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Sunset at the Docks

My pup and I took a sunset stroll at the Sponge Docks tonight in Tarpon Springs. This little coastal town is where I spent my high school years and I always seem to be drawn back. According to wikipedia it has the highest percentage of Greek Americans of any city in the US. The unique sponge diving […]

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Florida Bound | Day 2, Stop 2

Roadtripping back to Tarpon Springs from Nesbit, Mississippi my pup and I made a stop to hike at the Florida Caverns State Park. Then back on the road and a quick three hours later it was time for another pit stop. I decided to continue to follow signs for inspiration and that led me to Horseshoe Beach […]

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Florida Bound | Day 2, Stop 1

After camping in my hatchback at a rest area in Alabama I woke up to freezing temperatures around 4:30am and decided to get a head start and hit the road. When I arrived in Florida I decided to keep an eye out for an interesting pit stop to stretch our legs. Nearing Marianna I saw […]

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Florida Bound | Day 1

Heading east on 22 in Mississippi, on my way back to Florida, I decided to enjoy the beautiful sunset and stretch my legs at the Elvis Presley birthplace. It was a bit chilly and they were already closed but I was able to wander the grounds a bit a snap a few photos. Next time […]

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Adventuring with Heidi

My sister and I had a few days of lazy catch up time but we also fit in some adventure in Memphis. Monday night she treated me to see the genius of Neil deGrasse Tyson at the ornate Orpheum (which I unfortunately did not get photos of) and Thursday we explored the Elmwood Cemetery. Elmwood Cemetery is […]

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