North Carolina Re-Do

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. […]

Onyx Cave

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. […]

Crystal Onyx Cave

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 […]

Diamond Caverns

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 […]

Highlands Waterfalls

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) […]

Lake Lanier

My least distanced weekend and the wildest party I have ever been to even before the pandemic (#borntobemild). I was thinking I’ve partied hard (for me) three times in the past year and all have been with my beautiful work wife, Amber. Hahaaa. She is infectiously fun and I feel so lucky to have had […]

Alaska Cruisin’

Spring 2009 My mom and Grandma had planned to take a cruise thru Alaska’s Inside Passage, but when my Grandma was unable to go, I ended up being gifted my favorite trip my mom and I have been on. She’s always gotten me to do things I wouldn’t have otherwise. For starters, I’d never been […]