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Hiking in Big South Fork TN


We’ve spent a lot of time in Gatlinburg, TN exploring & enjoying nature. This time we wanted to go in a different direction. We had heard a great deal about Big South Fork National River & Recreation Park, but had not been there. So, my husband & I decided to take the hour & half trip and check it out.

It was lovely 🙂 I definitely want to go back. We only spent a few hours there and hiked only 2 trials. From what we saw, it appears to be a well kept park with very well maintained pathways.

Big South Fork is a big park covering 125,000 miles of land stretching from northern Tennessee onto southern Kentucky according to their website.

Take a small look around with me 🙂

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East Overlook


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Big South Fork


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No camping in parking lot?


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Big South Fork River

I plan on going back!! 🙂

More Arrowhead Finds


These were all found in East Tennessee, Western North Carolina, or Indiana. (Indiana finds are all Nick’s.)

I love this new hobby 🙂 I have tried other forms of “getaways” and stress relievers over the years like Hiking (which I still love), DIY projects, reading, girls’ night out, etc. But, for a mom that is always in demand, this has been one of the most relaxing hobbies I’ve ever tried my hand at. The best part? Most of these fields are so remote, I have no cell phone reception 🙂  It’s like a magical gift from the daily grind of a never ending string of phone calls, messages, and social media bleeps going off.

This will be my last post about arrow head hunting until late fall this year. Sadly, farmers are planting their crops now or will be very very soon. Arrowhead field hunting is coming to a close for the season 😦

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I will stop with the pictures for now 😉

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I love Autumn :)


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The Road Thief


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I wept in my sorrow and you said “Shh, it’s okay”

I ran from life, hiked up mountains, and crossed every river to escape, but-

You swept me off my feet and made me feel young.

You held my hand, comforted me, crushed my sadness and made me smile.

You showed me there was only living.

We laughed and we smiled. Together, we agreed to be one.

Grow old together, share life and love. I accepted.

With your best intentions, you could not avoid the call.

The road called to you and you dutifully answered.

It  took you hundreds of miles away.

Restless nights, tossing and turning, I wake alone.
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How do I love you from a distance?

How do I feel you when you are so far away?

Will I be aged when we see each other again?

Will you be the same?

If I have accepted this fate, will I adapt?

Will I stay here, wait forever and hope you remember your way back home?

How does our story end?

Only time will tell if the road wins with its spell.

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Family pictures!!


Family pictures!!

I’m so excited about Sunday. The boys & I will be having our pictures taken by the coolest groovy chick around!! Her name is Kristi Dunlap White and she owns KD Photography. 

She took our pictures last year in May. Here is a sampling of her work with my nutty boys!

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