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California Redwoods

Road Trip on the 101 During our stay in Southern Oregon we took a road trip from San Francisco to Brookings driving up Hwy 101.  If you have an opportunity to road trip this stretch of land, you're in from some fantastic sites.  The famous redwoods were amazing, so...

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Oregon Coast – A Must See!

Southern Oregon Coast is a must-see at least once in a life Oregon is probably one of the prettiest places I've seen.  The coastline is covered in cliffs, coves, and rocky structures that protrude from the water creating a mystical view... something you'd only imagine...

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Exploring San Fransico

One of the coolest cities we have visited.  But getting around San Francisco is A LOT easier with a few helpful apps on your phone.  #1 - SpotHero and #2 Transit App.  You can see more about these apps here. When we travel somewhere new we spend a good bit of time...

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Doing Yellowstone in 2 Days

This summer we did Yellowstone!  It was beautiful.  Even with a short 2 day trip we were able to see quite a bit.  Before we arrived we did a lot of research online, and spent time talking to the rangers upon our arrival to make sure we saw the best sites in our short...

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Our Top 5 Travel Apps

Get $25 off your first @HotelTonight room with my code: JERNI1 (if you spend $135 USD before taxes&fees) Hotel Tonight We've used Hotel Tonight countless times.  Our first experience with this app was on a 3 week road trip across the country after a disaster of a...

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Tampa, FL – City Pass

The Most Economical Way to See The Big Attractions We planned  a trip to Tampa because Lydia and Liam have been obsessed with the movie Dolphin Tales, and since the Clearwater Aquarium (from the movie) is just outside of Tampa, it seemed like a great place to make our...

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Toccoa Falls, GA

Perfect Sunday Drive & Stroll Toccoa Falls is about 90 miles north of Atlanta but makes a great Sunday afternoon drive with a nice stroll on a gravel path to the waterfall.  It is located in the campus of Toccoa Falls College and to access the trail there is a small...

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Providence Canyon State Park – Lumpkin, GA

A Must-See for Anyone Who Lives in Georgia Providence Canyon State Park may not be close enough for a day-trip, but it is certainly worth the weekend to visit this piece of Earth-Art.  Dubbed the "Little Grand Canyon" for it's massive gullies formed by poor farming...

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Allatoona Pass – Walk by the Lake

Shady Stroll by the Lake The trail follows the original railroad grade of the Western and Atlantic Railroad into Allatoona Pass, running through a scenic stretch along the lake.  With trails going off the main railroad you can hike around Civil War entrenchments at...

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The Best Way to Dry a Water Pack

We've never been able to figure out a good way to dry our water pack.  We tried everything to get it to air dry, but the inside seems to always stick to itself and lock in moisture.  After one of our hikes we all felt a little sick... and maybe it was the old water...

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Pine Mountain Trail – Cartersville GA

(West Loop) A perfect family-friendly hike with amazing view at the summit. This is a family-favorite because of the outstanding views looking over Allatoona Lake and the Atlanta skyline.  Our family has done it several times.  Hiking from the trailhead to Pine...

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Horseback Riding in Brasstown Bald

Perfect Groupon Day-Trip Instead of celebrating Lydia and Liam's birthdays with big parties and all their friends, this year we opted for a small family party and let the kids choose something to do that they really wanted.  Lydia chose horseback riding.  Thanks to...

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Pine Log Creek Quarry

Historic, water-filled quarry About an hour North of Atlanta is a beautiful hike we've done several times with the kids to a historic rock quarry now filled with water.  The hike winds through some beautiful hills with streams with some small bridges.  There are some...

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Poole’s Mill Park – Ball Ground, GA

Go ready to get wet!  The kids will LOVE it!!! Poole's Mill Park is a hidden gem.  We discovered this place about 5 years ago, but our kids are at the age now where they can go and really enjoy it.  This one-of-a-kind park is by Settendown Creek with a unique covered...

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Long Creek Falls – Blue Ridge Mountains

Hike the Appalachian Trail to Long Creek Falls Hike along the Appalachian Trail through beautiful woods in the Three Forks valley to the Long Creek Falls.  This moderate 1.9 mile hike is great for smaller kids, but the road to the trailhead was a bit rougher than we...

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