North Carolina

Falling Out Of The Boat

One moment I was sitting atop the raft paddling hard when our guide yelled, “Paddle!” The next moment I was under water struggling to get my bearings. I, obviously, was the person who fell out of the boat; the one they were talking to in… Read More »Falling Out Of The Boat

Gulf Island National Seashore is a great way to fit a national parks tour into your beach trip.

Four underrated national parks

Many think of the National Park Service to consist of, well, national parks. But in addition to showcasing our country’s natural beauty, it also preserves our historic sites, rivers, seashores, lake shores, and other national treasures. These underrated national parks are definitely worth it to… Read More »Four underrated national parks

Grandfather Mountain Backpacking

Backpacking in Grandfather Mountain State Park There are many aspects that set backpacking apart from car camping. One, you carry all of your equipment, food, and water. Two, there are no showers, toilets, or grills. Before my first backpacking trip, I had already been primitive… Read More »Grandfather Mountain Backpacking

Small tourist towns to love

With all the talk in my hometown Hot Springs, Ark., about efforts to revitalize its downtown, it has made me think of similar tourist towns I have visited throughout the years. Although the wilderness is my favorite place to visit, small, quaint towns are also… Read More »Small tourist towns to love