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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How To Save Money for Travel

I was that girl that never had any savings. I did everything I wanted to...went out to nice restaurants and bars, went shopping, went to a bunch of music festivals every summer. This was all fun, but I straight up never had any extra cash floating around. When I decided to go to India for my first trip, I was forced to put a non-refundable deposit down. It wasn’t much, but from the minute I put that money down, I started to learn how to save money for travel. After India, falling in love with both Cazzie and traveling, I ...
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Weekend Getaway to Chetola Mountain Resort

As the leaves change into vibrant reds, yellows, and oranges, the best place to view them is from the mountains. We recently spent the weekend at Chetola Mountain Resort in Blowing Rock, North Carolina and it’s safe to say that this is one of the prettiest places we’ve stayed. The Grounds As you enter the grounds, you’ll be taken around a small lake by a winding road lined with beautiful trees. In the fall, the lake reflects the trees tinged with the colors of fall, and at night it reflects the festive lights of the resort. As we neared reception, ...
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Is Trinidad Worth Visiting?

Before we went to Cuba, we had heard mixed reviews of Trinidad. Yes, it's beautiful and the pictures will attest to that. However...is it really worth the visit when there are other "more authentic" cities that beg to be visited? Trinidad lies a couple hours south of Havana on the glittering Caribbean coastline. Most people (including me before I went) recognize this city for its beautiful but crumbling yellow bell tower that graces the cityscape, but there is truly much more hidden in the streets of Trinidad. The colonial city just renovated much of their historic city square in preparation ...
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Discovering Havana, Cuba

When we first landed in Havana, we didn’t quite know what to expect. I mean the old cars, the colonial buildings and what we had seen in pictures, we knew...but we had no idea what it would actually be like. The people, the sights, the sounds, the food we were so curious about, that we couldn’t wait to start discovering Havana, Cuba for what it really was. For starters, Havana, Cuba is divided into three basic neighborhoods: Habana Vieja (Old Havana), Centro Habana, and Vedado. Each has their own distinct personality, each is worth your time, and each is full ...
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  • Thanksgiving week is one of my favorite weeks of the year. It's the time of year that everyone stops, takes a look around, and remembers what they have to be thankful for in life. 
It can be easy to forget those things throughout the hustle and stresses of every day life...but this week it's easy to remember. 
I'm thankful for so many things. I'm thankful for these mountains, and even more so for Cazzie, who is willing to drop everything every weekend to explore them with me. I'm thankful for friends and family, and for the kilbasa and sauerkraut that will be in abundance at my family's Thanksgiving feast. And last but not least, I'm thankful that we live in a crazy beautiful world. 
Even though thanksgiving isn't until Thursday, I think it's important to drag this feeling of thankfulness out as long as possible...because who ever said a little bit of joy inserted into our daily lives was a bad thing? .
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  • Summit tea time ☕️ .
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If anyone is curious about the Looking Glass Rock hike, check out the link in my bio! .
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  • I have absolutely no idea what made me book a flight to India. I didn't know one thing about the country. 
But without that flight, I never would have known Cazzie. And without Cazzie, I might never have been sitting in these mountains. 
So whatever that reason was....I'm beyond glad it happened. .
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  • Hanging on to that last little bit of fall 🍂 .
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  • I'm not sure how we became hikers. Slowly, we went from casual encounters with mountains to spending all our free time planning the next outdoor excursion. 
The thing that's great about hiking is the amount of opportunity it holds. We're consumed every day by planning dream trips to Canada's Rockies...or Utah's canyons...or the Pacific Northwest's Cascades....or really anywhere with a beautiful landscape. 
And even with being in North Carolina for over a year, we've barely touched the tip of the iceberg on what this state alone holds. 
It's exciting to think about. Being in a world as big and as beautiful as ours. There's never going to be that moment when we stop and say "wow, we really have seen it all." I have a funny feeling we won't ever stop trying though.
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  • When we first met, one of our first things that we did together was hike to a waterfall in India. 
It wasn't a date or anything like that, seeing as how there were 6 other people with us at the time. But ever since that first waterfall, it's been a thing of ours. 
When we first moved to North Carolina, I was feeling homesick and Cazzie took me to Linville Falls to cheer me up. I think he was trying to prove to me that North Carolina wasn't all that bad...and it worked. It's safe to say that was the start of my love affair with this state. 
This last weekend, we saw this waterfall off the side of a road and pulled over immediately to explore. 
It was raining, we were tired from camping for 2 nights, and it was cold. But even still, we ran up the trail excited. 
There's a lot of reasons North Carolina is fantastic...but roadside waterfalls are pretty dang hard to beat. .
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