Weekly Photo Challenge – Ascend

The Chimney Top trail in The Smoky Mountains National Park. Several years ago on our first visit, we were unable to reach the very top of this trail due to the weather.  As you can see it was foggy and the stone was very slippery from the light mist that had fallen all day.   We…

Weekly Photo Challenge – Collage

A collage of various signs. From top left to right and down:  Hiking sign in Canada, a sign outside of our shop,  Panorama Point at Mt. Rainier, favorite Italian restaurant in New Orleans, Happy Hour sign outside the Ruby Slipper, restaurant sign in Memphis, another hiking sign in Canada, Autobahn entrance sign in Illinois, Indiana…

Travel Thursday – Pine Hill Nature Preserve

Pine Hills Nature Preserve is located about an hour and fifteen minutes west of downtown Indianapolis, IN.  Some say it could be Indiana’s best-kept secret.  Now that the entrance is located within Shades State Park that may not last.  We heard about it from a friend several years ago.  I have visited in both the…

Travel Thursday – Grand Tetons

With a week left of our 6 week trip out west, our stay at the Grand Tetons was short but memorable.   After spending 5 days in Glacier National Park, we needed a day to shower, do laundry and stock up on supplies.  After taking care of the essentials, it was time for happy hour…

Weekly Photo Challenge – Ornate

For this week’s challenge, I turned to my nature photos.   This particular one was taken on the Mt. LeConte trail in the Great Smoky Mountains on April 1, 2011.  About half way up we were greeted with everything encased in ice & snow.  It was a beautiful sight but a cold hike to the…

Weekly Photo Challenge – Careful

Hiking into the Grand Canyon is not for the faint at heart.  It is a treacherous, unrelenting hike.  Without proper precautions and preparedness, one can find themselves in a life threatening situation easily.  Although park rangers and emergency staff are on hand, rescue is not guaranteed.   This is especially true during the busy summer months,…

Travel Thursday – Highland Trail at Glacier NP

The final part of my Glacier National Park series takes us on The Highland Trail, a beautiful hike along the continental divide.  If you ever have the chance to hike this stunning trail, bring your camera and allow plenty of time because you a will want to stop every few minutes and snap away.  …

Travel Thursday – Artist Point, Washington State

While visiting Washington State last summer, we had the opportunity to visit friends of mine I had not seen in fourteen years.  Within minutes it was like we had never been apart.  We had such a great time we ended up staying an additional day.  So glad we did.  Our friend took the day off…