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I’m sure you’ve seen the hilariously poignant satirical commercial of Nature RX, prescribing a dose of Nature for those suffering from “cynicism, meaningless, and murderous rage.” And if you haven’t seen it yet…you need to watch. (scroll to the bottom of this post to see it) The best satire always strikes at the heart of a […]

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May 5, 2016

Healing Effects of Nature

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  It’s been three years since Cody and I started going to the annual Appalachian Trail Days in the small town of Damascus, Virginia. (This year they were celebrating 25 years!) It has become one of those events that automatically gets put on our calendar every year because we have such a great time, and […]

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May 18, 2011

Trail Days 2011 | Damascus, VA

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With every passing week, I can feel that spring is getting closer. I suppose that making a point to go on a weekly hike is helping me to notice this a little sooner than I normally would. While I love winter and the snowy, cold weather that it brings, it can sometimes cause me to […]

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March 2, 2011

Gallivanting Around Green Knob | Blue Ridge Parkway | Boone, NC

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The trail was like a snowy slip-n-slide, making proper balance next to impossible during some parts of the hike. We were utterly surprised upon arriving at the trail head to see that the ground was still blanketed with snow—any snow around our house has long since melted. It escaped our minds that Elk Knob was […]

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February 17, 2011

My Quest to Conquer Elk Knob | Boone, NC

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 {National & State Parks} 6. Blue Ridge Parkway This 469 mile long scenic drive starts in Virginia, meanders through North Carolina and ends in Tennessee. It is an extremely popular destination among those who covet the myriad of colors our region is famous for producing. Seeing your favorite vistas and hikes cloaked in the most […]

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October 6, 2010

Fun Things to Do in Fall (Boone, NC & Western NC) – Part 2

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It’s hard to go to Hawaii and not commune with nature. However, there are some really great things you can do to immerse yourself even farther instead of sticking to the white, sandy beaches. My favorite way to do this is by taking a hike! The island of Oahu is riddled with trails if you […]

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November 13, 2009

Honolulu’s Most Popular Hikes

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There is a fine line between delicious and dangerous when trying to determine whether or not a wild mushroom found on the forest floor is safe for the dinner table, or poisonous to consume. The latter being what you want to avoid at all costs because digesting unsafe fungi can cause serious illness, and in […]

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August 7, 2009

The Difference Between Delicious & Dangerous!!

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3. DOYLES RIVER FALLS (Upper Falls) For our last day in Shenandoah National Park we picked this trail because there were not one, but two waterfalls! The round trip hike of 3.2 miles is moderate on the way down, but the return climb is STEEP! So steep it seems that you are pretty much at […]

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July 22, 2009

The 3 Easiest Waterfall Hikes in Shenandoah National Park (Part 2)

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There is nothing that I like more than to see the awe-inspiring beauty of a flowing cascade. What can some times make that desire difficult to achieve is the time and effort it can take to get there. Since there are no waterfalls that are visible from Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, to see […]

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July 20, 2009

The 3 Easiest Waterfall Hikes in Shenandoah National Park

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Once a year the town of Damascus, VA. becomes a mecca for those who have an affinity for the Appalachian Trail. For the few whom have never heard of the AT, it is a trail that runs from Georgia, all the way to Maine. Damascus is roughly the halfway point of the 2,175 mile journey. […]

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June 17, 2009

Appalachian Trail Days in Damascus, VA