Fall in the Great Smoky Mountains

Holy cow, guys. Somehow it's the middle of November?! Honestly this season seems to fly by faster and faster every year. I'm jumping around a bit on here while my poor hard drive is being fixed (lesson learned, kids, double back up your work!), so sharing the second half of my fall, first! I can't help but get the itch to get back on the road after a short while, and while I originally had no intention to leave the Northeast after Summer, well, there we were, on our way South to track down the foliage in a new arena. 

Prior to this trip, I had only ever been to North Carolina and Tennessee once before, never to Georgia, and never in any of these for Fall. It was a whole new experience visiting these landscapes with the shades of gold and orange clinging to the trees! This was a particularly tough Fall to capture, some places the foliage was at peak, others the leaves hadn't even started to turn. Starting near Asheville, NC, we managed to find some hidden pockets of gold as we made our way along the Blue Ridge Parkway, meandering across the state borders of nearby Georgia and Tennessee. We enjoyed a night at the most incredible little campsite I've ever been to, nestled deep in the Smokies, followed by a trip to Hot Springs, NC (where yes, we enjoyed the hot springs). After a few stops to state parks in Georgia, we made it to our final destination of Atlanta. While V is often there for work, it was my first time exploring the city! We had an awesome time, reconnecting with friends and enjoying all the music and nightlife. I want to thank Woolrich for supplying us with some great Fall gear to cozy up into - think the softest flannels EVER. Will be linking my favorites below! 

xo

J.

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Shop : Woolrich Women's Miss 503 Wool Hunt Coat

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Shop : Woolrich Men's Buffalo Check Wool Shirt

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The Great American Road Trip

Hey guys! As promised, I'm sharing one last Summer post before switching over to colder weather adventures. Back around my birthday, some of my Northeast pals and I packed up into a Honda Pilot and began the journey out West. After two days (that felt like two WEEKS), thousands of miles, one flat tire, and zero sleep; we finally made it to our first stop : Washington. We drove straight through the Cascades upon arrival, a welcome relief after the endless prairie land we experienced on the road. It also helped that we were the guests of the amazing Tye Haus for our first two nights, where my love for A frames was momentarily satisfied. It was the perfect place to meet up with friends, eat pancakes, and just...relax. Honestly, if you're ever in the area, totally look this place up! It's popular for a reason.

From there, we drove south, reuniting with Hannah along the way. After a day of snowy adventures on Mt. Rainier, we finally made it to Oregon. A night at Lost Lake followed by a morning exploring the Columbia River Gorge, and before I knew it, we found ourselves on the coast. My friend, Helbert, came out for a very rainy evening at Cape Kiwanda, before leaving us to continue our journey down the coastline. Excitement levels were at an all time high when we made our way to Samuel H. Boardman State Park.. followed quickly by some major anxiety on my part by the insane cliffs of this place. If you've been there, you'll understand! 

Before parting ways (I left the group halfway through) we crossed over to California, where we explored amongst the Redwoods and finally to Mt. Tam outside of San Francisco. It was definitely an experience I'll never forget, and while I know I'll never be traveling that distance in such cramped quarters again - reallllyyy don't recommend if you're the least bit claustrophobic!, I'm so happy I was a part of the adventure. Until next time!

xo

J.

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Summer on the Road : Part Five - Oregon

Happy Monday, guys! Finishing up the last installment of this road trip series as I'm packing up the car for the next adventure. This time, we're heading down south to North Carolina and Georgia! Excited to see some of these mountains with their Fall foliage - fingers crossed we have better luck than last time! 

Going through all these photos really has me missing the Northwest, and all my friends out there. Especially the ones in Portland! On the last leg of this trip, I was able to finally meet up with my friend, Helbert. You guys may recognize him from my Montana and Alberta pics from later in the summer. So fortunate to have met this guy - we have definitely become fast friends since our first adventure! Looking forward to more days on the coast and in the mountains with this one.

Have one final summer blog in the works, before it's on to the colorful days of Fall. Stay tuned

xo

J.

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