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Month: June 2016

Adventures in Gatlinburg, Part 2

Adventures in Gatlinburg, Part 2

We started off our last day in Gatlinburg, TN started off at The Pancake Pantry, the oldest pancake house in Gatlinburg.  This is an impressive title considering how many breakfast joints there are just in Downtown Gatlinburg alone.  Somehow, we beat the breakfast rush and got seated right away, just as the line was starting to form.  They had a HUGE selection of crepes and pancakes; I chose the mountain blueberry pancakes.  They came with a delightful blueberry syrup and…

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Adventures in Gatlinburg, Part 1

Adventures in Gatlinburg, Part 1

The day we drove to Gatlinburg from Chattanooga was beautiful and sunny. It was a two and a half hour drive that took us through the mountains and through the technicolor nightmare that is Pigeon Forge. We stopped at the Visitor Center to get some Smoky Mountain maps and check out the gift shop before moving on to get groceries for the cabin. The closest grocery store was Food City in Gatlinburg, so we loaded up on supplies there. Our…

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Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day!

An Ode to My Dad, The Adventurer My Dad influences me in a lot of ways.  He’s just the epitome of what a dad should be: honest and hard-working, encouraging, adventurous and fun. He has always been an excellent role model.  Of course one of the biggest ways he has influenced my life is instilling a love of travel in me.  Growing up, as I’ve said before, we traveled a lot, usually going to National Parks and doing outdoorsy things. …

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Chattanooga, TN Reunion

Chattanooga, TN Reunion

We left Chicago at 6:20am after it took me the usual 20 minutes to leave the house (double checking the doors were locking, unplugging every little thing and grabbing a last minute jacket that I never once needed in the 90 degree heat).  The drive took about 10 hours with stopping for gas and lunch and the accidental detour we took through historic Downtown Louisville, KY.  I like what I saw there though! I wouldn’t mind returning there to explore…

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8 Books to Read This Summer

8 Books to Read This Summer

Is there anything better than sitting in the sun, glass of wine in hand, with a good book?  Probably not.  It’s no secret that I’m a bit of a bookworm, and I firmly believe that reading and vacations go hand in hand.  What’s a plane/train/bus ride without a good book to while away the hours?  The only problem is that there are just so many out there to choose from.  I enjoy a pretty wide range of books; old, new,…

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Top Five Friday #13

Top Five Friday #13

Lessons From Traveling as a Couple I remember the first trip Mike and I ever took together like it was yesterday.  It was actually in August, 2014, and we had only been dating for four months at the time.  We made the fourteen hour drive to New Orleans and spent three amazing days there.  We had stormy afternoons, drunken nights, ran out of money, dealt with some car issues and endured what turned out to be an eighteen hour drive home. …

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Jordan Day Trips to Petra and Wadi Rum

Jordan Day Trips to Petra and Wadi Rum

The following guide to Jordan Day Trips is brought to you by Ms. Gracie Barrie, check her out on Instagram: @standbyflygirl We had one more big event planned for our time in Jordan and that was a visit to the Southern part of the country, to Petra and Wadi Rum. Petra is an ancient city built into the red rock faces of the desert. It is hailed as one of the wonders of archaeology and had been hidden to the outside world until…

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