Great Falls Park

Great Falls Park

It's been almost a month since I last went out to create photographs. Lately I've been feeling out of practice, uninspired, and unsure of my photography. In late December my wife and I moved into the D.C. Metro Area to the city of Alexandria, VA. I was so focused on planning the move, packing, and then unpacking that everything else seemed to fall to the wayside. Eventually though, I began to feel the familiar yearn for adventure, and I knew it was time for me to go out.

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Canyons and Waterfalls

Canyons and Waterfalls

I recently had the opportunity to explore Hickory Canyon Natural Area near Ste. Genevieve, MO with my friend Jason Gray. It has been on my list of places to visit for a long time, but I have constantly passed it over for places with longer trails. So when Jason suggested checking the area out, I quickly agreed. 

The day we went ended up being rainy (which seems to be a trend with our hikes), so I was feeling hesitant to go: but man am I glad I did! 

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Exploring The Ozark Trail: The Little Known Wonders Of Rocky Creek

Exploring The Ozark Trail: The Little Known Wonders Of Rocky Creek

If you have been following my adventures for the last few months, you’ll know I have working on a series exploring Missouri's State Parks. With the imminent release of the first part of that series, I wanted to do something different. 

Thanks to a post on Instagram, I found that something in the form of a short section of the Ozark Trail along Rocky Creek. After experiencing this hidden gem in Southern Missouri, I think it might be my new favorite place in the whole state! Click through below to find out why.

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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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