Archive for Nature

Mill Pond Kayak and George L. Smith State Park [Nature Adventure]

Twin City, Georgia is home to a picturesque, otherworldly setting and fun paddling challenge. Plus some sweet cottages. All inside a Georgia State Park. By Hope S. Philbrick One of my favorite things about my adopted [...]

Mountain Lake Lodge

Stay and play in Giles County, Virginia…you might have the time of your life. By Hope S. Philbrick Mountain Lake Lodge feels familiar, even if you’ve never been there before. There’s good reason for that: It [...]

Inn to Inn to Inn: Hiking in Shenandoah National Park

One luxurious way to hike part of the Appalachian Trail in Virginia. By Hope S. Philbrick Recently, I hiked 30 miles in three days. It ranks as one of my grandest personal accomplishments. Before I took [...]

Pine Mountain Recreation Area

Hiking near Atlanta, Georgia. By Hope S. Philbrick Fall in Georgia is sublime. The best way to appreciate the season is to get outdoors. If you’re looking for a place to hike, the Pine Mountain Recreation [...]

Sea Turtle Rescue: Meet Anna Hyatt [Update]

Follow a recent rescued loggerhead to the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston, South Carolina. By Hope S. Philbrick Since I recently helped rescue a loggerhead sea turtle, it seemed fitting to go visit her in the [...]

Ijams Nature Center

Enjoy the great outdoors near downtown Knoxville, Tennessee. By Hope S. Philbrick Outdoor recreational options abound in Knoxville, Tennessee: A local “Get Out And Play” guide boasts the city has “222 parks, trails and greenways to [...]

Loggerhead Sea Turtle Rescue with Black River Outdoors

Naturalist-guided kayak eco-tour of the salt marsh near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, leads to an unexpected sea turtle rescue mission. By Hope S. Philbrick Once in a while you recognize what will rank as one of [...]

Palo Duro Canyon State Park

The “Grand Canyon of Texas” is in Amarillo. By Hope S. Philbrick Whether you prefer to gaze upon picturesque vistas from the air-conditioned comfort of your car or get out and work up a sweat exploring [...]

Art & Orchids at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Winter blooms in Belmont, North Carolina. By Hope S. Philbrick Winter giving you the shivers? Feel the warm promise of spring at an exclusive new exhibit at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont, North Carolina. [...]

Driving the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Slow Road through Appalachia by Katie DeTar Milepost 0: Waynesboro, VA. My Husband, David, pulls the call to the side of the road, pausing. “I just need a moment before we go back to reality,” [...]

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