I love that we have seen a sunrise and now a sunset atop two graffitied mountains together. There is a frankly terrifying road leading up to the summit, with no pulloffs until you’re almost at the top. Then there are some serious stairs up to the observation deck. But the 360 degree view of the […]
No injuries, chaos or near death experiences on our return to North Carolina! Just peak fall foliage, mountains, waterfalls, and a wealth of food n alcohol. Us n the Wall, Bugle witch fingers Graveyard Fields Horse camp! Camp feast! Chicken jalapeno hot dogs, salmon dip, berries, fancy cheeses, local bread and roasted veggies Schoolhouse Falls. […]
Our sixth and final cave. I love how different all of these caves were! This one was located in a zoo, which I know is NOT cool but, man, I couldn’t resist the chance to pet a sleepy kangaroo! Bonus wallaby!
Ah, another pretty window cave opening. This was really different from the other caves we saw. It’s gotten flooded so many formations are covered in mud. The tour guide told us it’ll be a beautiful cave in a few thousand years. Hahaaa. It was very dark and we went in with flashlights- the lights are […]
Another gorgeous limestone show cave! This is a vertically formed cave with intricate cave corals. The main attraction for me was the “waterfall wall,” I loved thinking of it as having a “melted candle look.” Lots of tight spaces and steps in this one- I got a bit of vertigo and felt my stomach turn. […]
Another stunning, privately-owned show cave. I am a huge fan of mashups between natural wonder and man-made kitsch so I was all about the fiberglass animals, aliens and dinosaurs. I loved “cave coral” being called “popcorn,” and a flowstone described as “butterscotch pudding.” We also had a moment at the end where we sat with […]
Our first wet cave! As opposed to a dry cave system like Mammoth, Diamond Caverns had all the shimmering, snotty, drippy, intricate formations I always imagined in caves. There are no diamonds down there; the name comes from glittery calcite. I loved the names for different stalactites- “curtains” or “drapery” for wavy, fabric-fold-like formations resulting […]
Jessica and I got to see six caves in one and a half days. This was our first and the name is no lie! Mammoth Cave National Park is about 80 square miles, with more than 365 miles mapped (so far) of a five-level cave system. I’d love to go back and see more when […]
I was planning to relax by a couple waterfalls over two days. Instead, I ended up doing a whirlwind tour of five falls in three hours, then I almost drowned. Hahaaaa- a fitting cap to this strange summer. Glen Falls Sequoyah Falls Bridal Veil Falls Dry Falls (the most stunning of these falls for sure) […]
What a pretty, wooded gem hidden in Marietta! I enjoyed an early morning trip on my own to these Civil War-era mill ruins. Loved walking along the shore of the creek (leading into the Chattahoochee) and through a few miles of trails. Perfect day off.