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Refresh your spirit and reinvigorate your mind with a good long rambling walk. My 4 favorite rambling hikes in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

My Favorite Rambling Hikes in the Blue Ridge

The rustle of grass under your feet, The sound of stones skittering down the path, The smell of cool, piney air, The sun on your face, The freedom to go and turn and wander with no road map, The connection to nature… This is what lures me on long rambling hikes in the Blue Ridge …

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Experience the wonder and adventure of Grandfather Mountain with breath-taking vistas, alpine hiking trails, and rugged mountain scenery.

Our Adventure to Grandfather Mountain

Experience the wonder and adventure of Grandfather Mountain with breath-taking vistas, alpine hiking trails, and rugged mountain scenery. If you haven’t been to Grandfather Mountain, then you need to go. Go! Go now! Not only is it a unique natural landmark of North Carolina, but its mile high bridge, mountain scenery, and thrilling hiking make …

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Life is Better at the Lake

Did you know that you can rent a cabin in a lot of state parks? This is a totally new discovery for me, but two weekends ago S. and I did just that to celebrate our four year wedding anniversary.  We rented a little cabin on the lake at Big Ridge State Park, and it …

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Experience the aloha spirit and Hawaiian Ho'okipa at a joyful Hawaiian luau.

Aloha! A Hawaiian Luau

Experience the aloha spirit and Hawaiian Ho’okipa at a joyful Hawaiian luau. Aloha! While traveling in Maui this Southern girl truly felt the aloha spirit.  It was evident everywhere we went from the warm greetings of “Aloha!” to the giving of lei and the ready extension of a helping hand to the pleasant conversation offered …

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Hawaiian souvenir shopping guide for Maui

Hawaiian Souvenirs: Shopping in Kihei

When shopping for Hawaiian souvenirs, the Kihei Kalama Village and the open air market on S. Kihei Road are must-stop destinations! There is a little bit of everything between these two locales from touristy knick-knacks (made in China) to more authentic Hawaiian treasures.  You will find lei, Hawaiian print shirts and wraps, Pacific black pearls, …

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