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”

Hiking in Nature’s Church at Piedmont Environmental Center, High Point, North Carolina

On a recent Sunday morning, we made our way to the Piedmont Environmental Center for a nice morning hike along High Point Lake. We were not really sure what to expect, as the center is situated right in the middle of a residential area, but we were pleasantly surprised once we left the parking lotContinue reading “Hiking in Nature’s Church at Piedmont Environmental Center, High Point, North Carolina”

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”

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”

Sightseeing in San Antonio—Part 2: Mission San José and the Japanese Tea Garden

I am embarrassed to say that I did not know much about the missions in San Antonio or the rich history of the area beyond the Alamo, so I was truly amazed during our visit to Mission San José. While there are a total of five missions to visit around the city with a trailContinue reading “Sightseeing in San Antonio—Part 2: Mission San José and the Japanese Tea Garden”

Our Faith Adventure in Matagorda, Texas

Have you ever watched dolphins swim from your dining room window? Little Bird and I received the amazing gift of watching a pod of dolphins travel down the Colorado River during our stay at Matagorda Nature Park

Unanswered Prayers: Getting a glimpse at what might have been in Houston, Texas

Our day trip to Houston proved what we have known to be true for the past 6 months. Our prayers to follow Will’s job to Houston went unanswered for a reason. And we are so very thankful for that.

Celebrating our First 6 Months on the Road

This week marks our 6-month anniversary of being on the road. This is where you probably expect me to say that “it feels like we just started,” but in reality, it feels like we have been doing this for so much longer—in the best (and sometimes worst) ways.

Finding the Terrain Cure in Hot Springs National Park

We were really not sure what to expect during our visit to Hot Springs, or really Arkansas in general, but we were blown away with the unexpected scenery and unique setting of the national park and the surrounding area.