Landed in Alaska:

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Some beautiful mountain pictures from my plane ride to Alaska. I didn’t announce it formally on here- so I thought I’d take the night I still have wi-fi to share these images (more below) and tell you that I’m checking out for a week because I’m in America’s last frontier! My dad and I our doing a huge father/daughter bounding trip. We’ve talked about going to Alaska for years, and decided that if we were going to do it it should be while I was still in school. Talk about a killer final spring break.

So far my dad and I have just been in Fairbanks, but we start reaching past that tomorrow. Look forward for a lot more posts- on dog sledding, on snow mobile riding, and on the NORTHERN LIGHTS. See you soon bloggers.

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Annapolis, Maryland

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IMG_3301The charm of this city rivaled Charleston, South Carolina. In other words- it was as cute as a button. Riddled with cute shops and restaurants (and sparrow statues) Annapolis stole my heart. I know I went to Maryland with hopes of exploring Baltimore (which will be a later post) but I have to say Annapolis was better. If I were to live in a city I would want it to be a city like this.

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Mountain Love: Escape to Virginia

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I spent New Years in Virginia- right outside of Hubbard -at my aunts house. While the farm was great (you’ve seen the pigs – their fb page is here) the views were out of this world too. Her house sits right on top of a mountain. We hiked a bit and I stood for a good thirty minutes on the back porch taking pictures of this sunset. I can understand the drive to be out there. It was all around peaceful and slow, and I can’t imagine a life completely like that, but boy do I hope I have it some day soon.

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Lexington BBQ festival


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What’s better than a day spent with good country music, pork/pig themed everything, a huge bag of caramel kettle corn, and craft vendors? I can’t think of much- I’ll tell you that. My grandparents live in Lexington NC so I go to the BBQ festival every year. There’s a big free country concert and enough fair food to keep you happy for the day. Lexington’s a small town, but they’ve always known how to throw this one day fair. It brings in a huge crowd!

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Craig Campbell & Granger Smith
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Dreaming: Fontana Lake

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One of my closest friends and I were a little fed up with this summer and made a last minute effort trying to resurrect it. With my neighboring offering up his mountain house we headed off to Fontana Lake in the mountains of North Carolina. Turns out they upped the age limit for boat driving, but we were more than happy going at it on the paddle boats.

Nothing is more detoxing than being surrounded by nature with no cell or web access. As much as I love this little corner of the web and my dear time on tumblr and instagram… fact be, it’s so important to get away from it all. We aren’t meant to live online all the time.