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  • The Humpback Rocks Trail

    The Humpback Rocks Trail

    The Humpback Rocks Trail is quite a popular hiking spot for people, and I decided to go early on a Thursday. So if after reading this post you think you would want to do this trail, then I suggest getting there early even if you’re heading out during the week! Trail Overview Located along the…

  • Dobie Mountain Trail Hike

    Dobie Mountain Trail Hike

    Dobie Mountain Trail via the Appalachian Trail won’t have much parking on a holiday or the weekend as the parking lot is often filled with people who hike up to the Humpback Rocks Summit, so be prepare to go early. Trail Overview and Access This 6.2-mile hike includes an overlook, a great AT overnight hut,…

  • Conquer the Heights in North Carolina

    Conquer the Heights in North Carolina

    This past weekend I had the honor to be part of the wedding vow renewal of dear friends and I was able to conquer the heights in North Carolina. My favorite part about this experience is that they have chosen Hanging Rock State Park to do so which allowed me the opportunity to hike some…

  • Snacks for a full day hiking trip

    Snacks for a full day hiking trip

    I often think about my snacks in advance before heading out for a hiking adventure. I am planning a 9 to 11 miles which will require water and food to sustain. I thought today I would share what that looks like before I tackle a challenging mountain trail or enjoy a leisurely hike in the…

  • Doyles River Loop via Appalachian Trail

    Doyles River Loop via Appalachian Trail

    I recently hiked the Doyles River Loop via Appalachian Trail and it’s a beautiful hiking trail in Shenandoah National Park. This 7.5-mile trail takes you through forests, alongside streams, and past cascading waterfalls. Trail Overview This trail is rated as moderate in difficulty with a few steep sections that have you scrambling a bit, but…

  • Benefits of Hiking Alone and Safety Considerations

    Benefits of Hiking Alone and Safety Considerations

    I’ve been sharing my adventures on social media after hiking alone and a few people have some comments about it, and I wanted to address them here! I think because I grew up in foster care, I have a tendency to just go for things. Over the years I learned that allowing fear and anxiety…

  • How to prepare for a full day hiking trip

    How to prepare for a full day hiking trip

    I started with a full-day hiking trip recently and plan on doing them just about every weekend with small hiking in between. I love the mountains because it’s the place I can get perspective, find clarity, and even tap into my own inner wisdom for information. It’s also just a great way to connect with…

  • The Challenge of the Three Ridges Trail

    The Challenge of the Three Ridges Trail

    One thing about me is that I like to challenge myself and hiking Three Ridges on Blue Ridge Parkway was definitely that for me. Being new-ish to hiking, I’ve set my mind to conquering the 13.1 miles in a single day. Trail Overview The trail has the most amazing views of the surrounding mountains and…

  • Discovering Nature On The Local Trail

    Discovering Nature On The Local Trail

    Something I didn’t know I would experience is not only am I discovering nature, even though that might be obvious, but it has helped me feel more inspired when it comes to my pyrography. One of the local trails, the Saunders-Monticello Trail at Kemper Park is filled with native hardwood forest, deep ravines, and views…

  • Embrace the Trail: Benefits of Hiking

    Embrace the Trail: Benefits of Hiking

    I don’t know about you, but life can be filled with too much to do and it’s tough to find some solace and rejuvenation. In years past, I ran on local trails and something shifted in the last 6 months that led me to walk and hike the trails instead. There are some amazing benefits…

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