I read a lot of books and listen to several podcasts about the outdoors. It seems that in order to get any attention in the world of adventure storytelling, you have to be epic. You have to climb Everest one-handed with no oxygen tank and lose two toes to frostbite, or ice skate across Antarctica… Continue reading Outdoor Adventure for Ordinary People
The Pine Mountain Trail is one of my favorite local trails. It has the kind of beautiful scenery that you would expect to have to drive further north to find. It has all of what I consider the Big 3 of a great hike- waterfalls, a view, and interesting terrain. (Granted, the waterfalls are tiny,… Continue reading Hiking the Pine Mountain Trail in Cartersville, GA
On New Year’s Day I tried out a new trail that isn’t too far from my house but is primarily a mountain bike trail, so in the past I’ve overlooked it. I never saw a mountain biker on my whole 4 mile hike, but I did run into a couple walking their dog. My son… Continue reading Hiking the Turtleback Trail in Acworth, GA
I bought an unhandled, ungelded donkey for $75 off Craigslist and I’m planning on teaching him how to carry a pack and taking him backpacking with me. That’s kind of an unusual thing to do, not everywhere in the world but definitely in my little neck of the woods in North Georgia. I’ll give you… Continue reading Backpacking with a Donkey… Why?!?
Getting outside is one of the most healing and restorative acts you can do for yourself. It’s good for your body to get moving, and it’s good for your soul to be out among the trees and wildlife. That’s not just sentiment; there’s science to back it up. See The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes… Continue reading Why You Should Force Your Kids to Go Outside, Even if They Whine…
I grew up in North Carolina and even though the Appalachian Trail runs through my state, I had never heard of it until college when a friend of mine hiked the whole thing with her dad. The entire trail runs from Georgia to Maine and is 2,181 miles long. When I moved to Georgia, I… Continue reading Hiking Springer Mountain on the Appalachian Trail
I live in Suburbia. I don’t care for it much, but I’m married to someone who thinks it’s the bee’s knees, so we’re staying for the time being. One of the things that drives me crazy about living in the ‘burbs is the lawn situation. Every time my husband spends money on something ridiculous like… Continue reading How Your Lawn is Ruining Your Life