I've been staring at this photograph for a couple of days trying to find some inspirational words to put to it. The truth is though, I haven't been feeling very inspired lately. I'm sitting with this. Letting it be a part of my reality and letting it be ok. The world is a heavy place and some days carrying the weight feels like a lot more work than others. It's hard to feel creative, inspired, or even just motivated. I know I'm not alone when I feel like this and now you know neither are you. ❤ . . . #roughridgetrail #blueridgemoments #blueridgeoutdoors #blueridgeparkway #pisgahnationalforest #pisgah #avltoday 1 day ago
Access to new views in #dupontstateforest have sprung up like this one to the base of #highfalls. My older brother enjoying the falls close up on his first hike since moving here 4 years ago. Always fun to get the family out to share in the adventure. . . . #brevardnc #getoutsideandplay #blueridgeoutdoors #ncoutdoors #discover_carolinas #avltoday #triplefallstrail #wildernessculture 2 weeks ago
Summited #mountleconte yesterday. I chose to ascend #rainbowfallstrail and descend #bullheadtrail , making for a 14 mile 4000 ft suffer fest. Two isolated storms and one call to emergency services (to help a man who tumbled 30 yards down the side of a steep embankment), I am reminded why it's important to stay humble and prepared in these mountains. They are beautiful and unforgiving. . . . #smokymountainsnationalpark #getoutsideandplay #appalachian_explorers #eastcoastcreatives #wildernessculture #nationalparks 2 weeks ago
Maybe once upon a time #skinnydipfalls off the blueridge parkway was appropriately named. Nowadays you can still dip, but not skinny style. 😉 Great swimming holes, but you're gonna have to share. 🐳 * * #blueridgeparkway #blueridgemoments #carolinacollectives #blueridgeoutdoors #discover_carolinas #pisgahnationalforest #pisgah 3 weeks ago
As luck would have it I stumbled upon an article about a place called Gregory bald in the smoky mountain national park a few months ago. It was highly advised to go visit mid to late June to witness something spectacular that played an important role in the creation of the national park in the smokies. Acres of fire red, wine red, orange, salmon, yellow, white, pink, and multicolored azaleas reach peak bloom atop this bald. A highlight that renowned botanist, Harlan P. Kelsey, said in 1924 was, " one of the things that made this area worthy of being a national park." . . . #smokymountains #smokymountainsnationalpark #greatsmokymountains #greatsmokymountainsnationalpark #neverstopexploring #wildernessculture #nationalparks #beautifuldestinations #azalea #flameazalea #nationalparkgeek #nationalpark #nationalparklife #hikethesmokies #appalachian_explorers #cadescove #gregorybald #tennasseeoutdoors #gsmnp #findyourpark #northcarolina #hikenc #nationalgeographic #discover_carolinas #carolinacollectives #blueridgeoutdoors #blueridgemoments #romanticasheville #ashevilletrails #naturalnorthcarolina 1 month ago
Cove Creek Falls . . . #pisgahnationalforest #pisgah #brevardnc #getoutsideandplay #carolinacollectives #discover_carolinas #blueridgemoments #blueridgeoutdoors #wncwaterfalls 1 month ago
Nestled in the Appalachian mountains in the Cherokee national forest, hidden gems like these arent the easiest to get to. What makes you chase waterfalls? For me, metaphorically, I've always been dawn to the idea of letting go to move forward, understanding that it might be one hell of a scary bumpy ride. . . . #appalachian_explorers #eastcoastcreatives #blueridgemoments #womenwhoexplore #whyihike #wilderness_culture #beautifuldestinations #waterfalls #naturephotography #tennasseeoutdoors 1 month ago
"You could have grown cold, but you grew courageous instead. You could have given up, but you kept on going. You could have seen obstacles, but you called them adventures. You could have called them weeds, but instead you called them wildfowers. You could have died a catipillar, but you fought on to be a butterfly. You could have denied yourself goodness, but instead you chose to show yourself some self love. You could have defined yourself by the dark days, but instead through them you realized your light." ~S.C. Lourie . . . . . #wildernessculture #blueridgemoments #blueridgeoutdoors #southernstatescollective #carolinacollectives #appalachian_explorers #eastcoastcreatives #discover_carolinas #naturalnorthcarolina #naturephotography #romanticasheville #getoutsideandplay #exploretocreate #cherokeenstionalforrest #womenwhoexplore #whyihike 1 month ago
Finally some re'cooper'ation time 🤗 * * #dupontstateforest #getoutsideandplay #southernstatescollective #discover_carolinas #blueridgeoutdoors #blueridgemoments #carolinacollectives #ncoutdoors #ncoutdoor_inc #naturalnorthcarolina #avltoday #workhardplayhard #outdoortherapy #dogsthathike #justagirlandherdog 1 month ago
The opportunity to not only enjoy the wonders that surround us, but also to share the joy with friends makes life all the more rich in treasures. * * * * * * * Thanks to @scott__randall for becoming my new (and unaware) waterfall model. He's usually out climbing and bombing down the local mountains on his bike, but yesterday he showed off his kayaking skills zig zagging 🤣 all over #lakeglenville , the highest elevation lake east of the Mississippi. #cashiersnc #lakeglenville #getoutsideandplay #carolinacollectives #appalachian_explorers #discover_carolinas #blueridgemoments #blueridgeoutdoor #kayakingadventures #avltoday #romanticasheville #scenicnc #naturalnorthcarolina #828isgreat #exploreasheville #wncwaterfalls #nclakes #waterfalls #kayakingviews #lakelife #wncmountains #eastcoastcreatives #exploretocreate #southernstatescollective #onlyinnorthcarolina #neverstopexploring #sharetheexperience #sharetheadventure #ourplanetdaily #wildernessculture 1 month ago
3 things that bring me happiness. * 1. An adventure 2. A waterfall 3. Photography * Shot with my very old Nikon d60 and edited with snapseed. I'll never be a big time photographer for national geographic like I once dreamed about as a young girl. But I'll never give up on living as if I was. And for that, i dont need anything but my sense of adventure, my love of the outdoors, a connection to something greater than self, and one very old, falling apart camera. ❤ * * * #getoutsideandplay #wildernessculture #neverstopexploring #carolinacollectives #blueridgeoutdoors #blueridgemoments #ncoutdoorculture #discover_carolinas #exploreasheville #exploretocreate #naturalnorthcarolina #naturephotography 1 month ago
"I hope to arrive at my death late, in love, and a little drunk" ~ @atticuspoetry 🌙 That's livin' baby. * * * #roaringforkfalls #pisgah #pisgahnationalforest #carolinacollectives #getoutsideandplay #blueridgemoments #blueridgeoutdoors #ncoutdoors #discover_carolinas #appalachian_explorers #eastcoastcreatives #naturalnorthcarolina #scenicnc #avltoday #romanticasheville #828isgreat #exploreasheville #ashevilletrails #wildernessculture #womenwhohike #womenwhoexplore #blueridgehikes #wncwaterfalls #southernstatescollective #northcarolinaoutdoors #westernnorthcarolina #southernstatescollective 2 months ago
Currently seeking a new job as a waterfall admirer if anyone is hiring. * Qualifications: Admiration of lots of waterfalls. Willingness to get very wet, very dirty, and very lost. * Please DM me with any well paying opportunities. * Sorry for the old photo from my fun and very wet adventure last month. I've been busy getting hammered in the ICU these past few weeks. And it seems to always be a torrential downpour on my one day off. My house is really clean though 🤪 * * * #exploreboone #booneview #boonenc #visitasheville #avltoday #romanticasheville #naturalnorthcarolina #blueridgeoutdoors #blueridgemoments #carolinacollectives #wncwaterfalls #waterfalls #ashevilletrails #northcarolinahikes #getoutsideandplay #wildernessculture #optoutside #eastcoastcreatives #womenwhohike #womenwhoexplore #wildish #collectexperiencesnotthings #nurselife #nursestrong 2 months ago
I still cant believe that I get to experience a place like this all to myself. I also cant believe that I still go all Disney princess every time a butterfly is flying around me and think it wants to land on me and be my friend. 🦋 . . . #carolinacollectives #appalachian_explorers #eastcoastcreatives #discover_carolinas #visitsouthcarolina #sc #carolinas #onlyinsouthcarolina #explorecarolina #exploretocreate #getoutsideandplay #wildernessculture #waterfalls #waterfallsofinstagram #blueridgemoments #southernliving #southernstatescollective #onlyinsouthcarolina #neverstopexploring #collectexperiencesnotthings #trailviews #discover_sc 2 months ago
Its springtime in the smokies! Crushed a 12 mile 3300ft climb up to mt cammerer in the smokies. Enjoyed the wildflowers the most. Brutal yet beautiful! . . . #greatsmokynps #greatsmokymountainsnationalpark #greatsmokymountains #appalachian_explorers #appalachiantrail #getoutsideandplay #carolinacollectives #northcarolinaoutdoors #ncoutdoors #ncoutdoor_inc #828isgreat #avltoday #romanticasheville #scenicnc #naturalnorthcarolina #visitasheville #ashevilletrails #wildernessculture #beautifuldestinations #ourstatemag #ournationalparks #blueridgemoments #blueridgeoutdoors #neverstopexploring #optoutside #collectexperiencesnotthings 2 months ago
Change has never been easy for me. My nature is to dig my heels in and resist some unknown force. But change happens, whether you're comfortably seated on the ride or being pulled behind it. Max patch 4.22.19 . . . #maxpatch #hotspringsnc #blueridgemoments #blueridgeoutdoors #carolinacollectives #appalachian_explorers #getoutsideandplay #eastcoastcreatives #discover_carolinas #ncoutdoors #ncoutdoor_inc #828isgreat #avltoday #romanticasheville #scenicnc #visitasheville #naturalnorthcarolina #ashevilletrails #wncmountains #wncadvguide #sunsets #instasunset #neverstopexploring #collectexperiencesnotthings #goatworthy #dogsthathike #dogstagram #goldensofinstagram #northcarolinaoutdoors 2 months ago
I'm on the ledge, pressure builds up from behind. I'm fighting so hard to stand my ground. But maybe it's time to let go, give in to the flow. Let the rivers water carry me to what's next. . . . #waterfallwednesday #wildernessculture #beautifuldestinations #exploretocreate #ncoutdoors #avltoday #828isgreat #romanticashevill #blueridgemoments #carolinacollectives #wncwaterfalls #ashevilletrails #nctrails #northcarolinahikes #getoutsideandplay #eastcoastcreatives #wildish #booneview #exploreboone #exploreasheville #eastcoastcreatives #discover_carolinas #neverstopexploring #collectexperiencesnotthings #sharetheadventure #goatworthy #wildernessvibes #womenwhohike 2 months ago
"A strong woman loves, forgives, walks away, let's go, tries again, and perseveres...no matter what life throws at her." . . . #brevardnc #pisgahnationalforest #pisgah #getoutsideandplay #carolinacollectives #appalachian_explorers #eastcoastcreatives #discover_carolinas #ncoutdoors #ncoutdoor_inc #828isgreat #blueridgeoutdoors #blueridgemoments #trailviews #ashevilletrails #nctrails #ncoutdoors #avltoday #romanticasheville #naturalnorthcarolina #scenicnc #exploreasheville #exploretocreate #wildernessculture #whyihike #wncwaterfalls #theoutbound 3 months ago