Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Finally Made It!

Clingmans Dome

We planned on visiting Great Smoky Mountain National Park (GSMNP) this past fall. We timed our fall road trip south, starting in Virginia and ending in Florida, to line up our visit to GSMNP during predicted “peak” foliage, but an unseasonably warm fall delayed the color change. After camping in the rain for a few […]

Quilotoa to Chugchilán – The “Easy” Way Down

“¿Caminar a Chugchilán?” locals questioned us judging by our packs and trekking poles.  “¡Si, si! Caminar.” we replied in our broken Spanish. “But shouldn’t they be asking us if we are going for a hike, not a walk?” Christine and I jokingly said to each other.  Whatever.  Let’s go for a walk then!  The journey […]

Road to Maximum Relaxation – Highlights Along the Blue Ridge Parkway

linn cove viaduct

When we left Virginia on October 15th, we didn’t really have a solid plan in place. We still don’t have a solid plan and that’s the point. We packed our car with essentials – food, camping gear, clothing, etc. and hit the road knowing we’d end up in Florida where we’d begin our quest towards achieving […]