New Experiences At Grayson Highlands State Park

New Experiences At Grayson Highlands State Park

As I mentioned in my last post, I was fortunate enough to spend a week at my families cabin in the mountains of Virginia. Grayson Highlands State Park is less than 20 minuets away from the cabin, so you best believe that I visited it! My Dad's family actually used to own a portion of the land that became the park. You can still find a family graveyard in it's boundaries.

Over the week I was there I made multiple trips to the state park. On each trip I made sure to push my boundaries, and try some new things photographically. Despite my reservations I found that I really enjoyed everything I attempted, and now I have a few new skills!

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My Favorite Place to Explore in San Juan

My Favorite Place to Explore in San Juan

Positioned on the western tip of the Isleta de San Juan, Old San Juan is the location of the second Spanish colony on Puerto Rico. Established in 1509, the colony was actually originally named Puerto Rico, or Rich Port. It later switched names with the island, and became known as San Juan in 1520. 

Trade winds blow from Europe almost directly to Puerto Rico, so the island became a gateway to the new world. The location of this colony gave the Spanish control…

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Santurce, San Juan

Santurce, San Juan

After two weeks of wandering San Juan, I thought I had seen a decent amount of the city. I was so wrong! San Juan is much bigger than I thought; it is also much bigger than any of the travel sites I visited showed.

I have only been exploring two districts of the city, but it turns out one of those districts, Santurce, has the highest population and highest density of people in the city. This also means that it's the most densely populated area on the whole island, but this wasn't always the case.

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What I Packed For My 3 Week Trip To Puerto Rico

What I Packed For My 3 Week Trip To Puerto Rico

Annika, my wife, travels quite bit by nature of her job. I have been unable to go with her in the past, but when we found out she would be traveling to Puerto Rico for a month, we knew I had to come along. I had two weeks to prepare before I followed her, which was just enough time to figure everything out.

While I was in the early stages of planning, I decided to make this trip with only one bag. Doing this would make traveling easier, and would force me to minimize so I…

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A Taste Of The Big Easy

A Taste Of The Big Easy

In one of life’s moments of spontaneity, my wife asked me if I would like to visit New Orleans for a long weekend. She was traveling to Biloxi, MS for work and thought it would be fun to take some extra time to stop in NOLA since it’s only an hour from Biloxi. 

It didn’t take much convincing to get me on board with the plan, so on May 4th we hit the road! 

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Michigan: Sleeping Bear Point, and Grand Traverse Bay

Michigan: Sleeping Bear Point, and Grand Traverse Bay

The advent of a new year brings with it the desire to reflect on the past year, and to make resolutions to make the next year even better. I decided to do this by revisiting some areas I have not photographed in quite some time: Sleeping Bear Point, a part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and downtown Traverse City. Mostly I chose these locations because I thought it would be fun, but I also wanted to see how my photography has improved since my last time visiting the locations.

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Tennessee Part IV: Exploring Knoxville

Tennessee Part IV: Exploring Knoxville

After five days of non-stop activity, we were looking forward to a couple days of rest in Knoxville. Our Airbnb was a giant loft in Old City above a coffee shop. The name, Awaken Coffee, is an obvious play on words, especially because there is a church that operates out of their back room.

For breakfast we decided to stop in. After we finished our meal of fresh local donuts and New Orleans style chicory cold brew, we set off to explore our surroundings. 

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Tennessee Part III: Climbing Mount LeConte

Tennessee Part III: Climbing Mount LeConte

For our fifth and final day in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park we wanted to climb Mount LeConte, the third tallest peak in the park. We woke up before sunrise to a silent campground, stars still shining in the sky. We rolled up our sleeping pads and tent, and heated water for coffee and a warm breakfast of hikers granola. The sun was just starting to rise as we began the long drive across the park back to Trillium Gap Trailhead.

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Tennessee part II: Hiking in the Smokies

Tennessee part II: Hiking in the Smokies

We began our last morning at the Little Black Cabin like the previous one, with a breakfast of fresh eggs and homemade bread. We packed up the car, bid farewell to the cabin, and set off towards our first destination of the day: Clingman’s Dome.

The drive into the Great Smoky Mountain National Park was phenomenal. The winding roads were fun to drive, and offered many breathtaking views of the mountains. While it was an incredible sight, the scars from last year's unfortunate fire were evident, especially on Chimney Top Mountain which was a barren black rock at the top.

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Tennessee part I: Camp GRITS and Hen Wallow Falls

Tennessee part I: Camp GRITS  and Hen Wallow Falls

Welcome to my new travel blog! I am excited to begin sharing more stories from my trips than I am able to on Instagram and Facebook. 

Earlier this year my wife and I began planning a vacation to Tennessee. We initially made plans to visit Knoxville because it looked like a vibrant city, and it was close to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. After listing out everything we wanted to do, we realized that we could easily spend all of our time at the National Park. We decided to split the difference and spend four days in the park and three days in Knoxville. 

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