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Away from the Beach: 6 Best Hikes in Nicaragua

Mostly known for surf resorts and beach towns, Nicaragua might not be known as a place with gorgeous hiking options. I can say though without a doubt, that there are some fantastic hikes in Nicaragua. These hikes in Nicaragua are spread out all over the country, and the northern region of the country offers up views that most tourists will never see. With the exception of the volcano hikes on Ometepe that a guide is mandatory, all hikes are free with the option to hire a guide if wanted. The wild thing about hikes in Nicaragua...they are all seriously so ...
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How to Visit Grandfather Mountain State Park For Free

Oh, to visit Grandfather Mountain. The mile high swinging bridge, dense and diverse forests, and panoramic views have long been a favorite in the hearts of many in North Carolina and beyond. Which probably explains why the beauty comes at a cost...of $20 a person. I have a very real problem with paying for nature. I understand that the money charged for admission goes back into the park, creating fun and meaningful exhibits for visitors to the park. But also, it's nature. It should be free, right? After some searching the vague information available on the internet, I came to ...
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Car Camping for Beginners: Crash Course

My first camping trip, I was a mess. What if I forget the most important items? How will I cook all my food? What if I get injured? What if I get bored? Listen. To. Me. You will be fine. You will have a good time. You will probably forget things, but then it's easier to remember for next time. One time, we hilariously brought 6 canned food items thinking we could make a great soup, only to realize we forgot a can opener. But we still managed. And we still laugh about that time we had to stab open ...
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Where to Find a Christmas Tree in North Carolina?

Anyone can go to the pop-up parking lot Christmas Tree stores and pick a tree from those. But do you want to make it a true adventure? A fantastic memory or a new tradition? If you're in search for a Christmas tree in North Carolina, Linville Falls is the perfect answer. This year, we drove to Linville Falls Winery and the attached Red Barn Tree Farm to snag a Christmas tree in North Carolina for our home. I'll admit it...I was all in for the parking lot tree stands in town. But Cazzie convinced me this would be much more ...
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Hiking Looking Glass Rock

As you're driving southbound on the parkway from Asheville, it's hard to miss Looking Glass Rock looming in the distance. Surrounded by a carpet of forest, Looking Glass Rock is instantly recognizable for it's rounded rock face that almost looks like the top of a giant's head poking out of the ground below. While from the overlook it might not look hikable, if you drive down into the Pisgah Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest, Looking Glass Rock is a well maintained,  easy to follow, beautiful trail. With that being said, if you are trying to avoid crowds, this may ...
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18 Photos to Convince you to Visit North Carolina in the Fall

There is nothing like fall in North Carolina. Miles upon miles of continuous forest, mornings shrouded in foggy mist, and a respite from the heat of the summer make fall the perfect season for outdoor activities. The color change here is spectacular. With as many as 100 different types of trees within the North Carolina Appalachia Blue Ridge region, each tree changes its own version of fall. Pictures speak a thousand words however, and here are my favorite from our adventures in North Carolina this season. The best time to visit North Carolina to view the fall colors ranges from ...
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