Enjoying Spring in Mohican State Park, Ohio

We are chasing spring. Just as we chased the changing colors in the fall as we made our way south, we are seeing spring colors popping up time and time again as we head north. We saw our first redbud trees blossoming in Texas in February, followed them up through Arkansas, Georgia, and North Carolina,Continue reading “Enjoying Spring in Mohican State Park, Ohio”

Chasing Waterfalls and Goats at Cedarock Park, Burlington, North Carolina

On recommendation from Will’s sister, we made our way to Cedarock Park on a beautiful, quiet Tuesday morning for a hike and some exploring. The park offers hiking trails, equestrian trails, disc golf, fishing, and a historic farm. While there were quite a few people in the park when we arrived, most were playing discContinue reading “Chasing Waterfalls and Goats at Cedarock Park, Burlington, North Carolina”

North Carolina Botanical Gardens, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

We are always up for a visit to a botanical garden, and the gardens at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill did not disappoint. It could be that we visited on a most beautiful spring day with pops of color blooming everywhere, but of all the universities we have driven through, Chapel HillContinue reading “North Carolina Botanical Gardens, Chapel Hill, North Carolina”

Traversing Pilot Mountain, North Carolina

During our first visit to the Winston-Salem area in early December, we visited Pilot Mountain State Park. However, it was incredibly windy and cold, so Will and I took turns dashing up to the overlook while the other stayed in the warm truck with the girls. Thankfully, our second trip was on a much nicerContinue reading “Traversing Pilot Mountain, North Carolina”

Sleeping with the Cows: A Review of Our Stay at Walnut Hollow Ranch, Harvest Hosts

Have you ever been kept up at night by cows mooing outside your door? We have, and we loved it (however, had they woken Little Bird we may not feel the same!). On our most recent stay through Harvest Hosts, we visited Walnut Hollow Ranch in western North Carolina where they raise black angus cattleContinue reading “Sleeping with the Cows: A Review of Our Stay at Walnut Hollow Ranch, Harvest Hosts”

The Day We Planted the Seed: Deciding to go Fulltime on a Walk in North Park

It was a year ago today that we took what turned out to be a fateful walk. It was the beginning of quarantine, and we decided to check out a new trail in North Park, about 10 minutes from our house, hoping it would not be as crowded as some of the more popular trails…asContinue reading “The Day We Planted the Seed: Deciding to go Fulltime on a Walk in North Park”

Evading Severe Weather in the South and Finding Our Happy in Cloudland Canyon State Park, Georgia

There was 1 night recently where we ended up with reservations at 3 different campgrounds. This sounds absurd, and frankly, it really was. When we left Arkansas, the National Weather Service was already calling for severe storms where we were headed. As we evaluated the forecast with our future reservations in mind, we knew headingContinue reading “Evading Severe Weather in the South and Finding Our Happy in Cloudland Canyon State Park, Georgia”

Hiking the Caddo Bend Trail at Lake Ouachita State Park, Arkansas

Lake Ouachita (pronounced wash-ah-taw) is the largest lake in Arkansas and has over 900 miles of remote shoreline. There are no houses on the lake, and the surrounding areas are truly spectacular. The Caddo Bend Trail reportedly offers some of the most picturesque views of the lake, so we knew we were in for aContinue reading “Hiking the Caddo Bend Trail at Lake Ouachita State Park, Arkansas”

Hiking with My Bird on the Little Blakely Trail, Arkansas

One of the things I have not done a lot of on our adventure is spend time with Little Bird outside of the camper or campground just the 2 of us. We do a lot as a family, and she and I spend time together at home, but we do not usually go out somewhereContinue reading “Hiking with My Bird on the Little Blakely Trail, Arkansas”

Learning about the German Influence in Central Texas: Exploring Gruene and Landa Park

One thing that surprised us about Texas was the sudden influx of Lutheran churches. I was raised Lutheran, and we belong to a Lutheran church in Pittsburgh, so we are always on the lookout for Lutheran churches wherever we visit. We are typically surprised if we see 1 in an area, but when we arrivedContinue reading “Learning about the German Influence in Central Texas: Exploring Gruene and Landa Park”