The Lump

After wandering through the trail at Cascade Falls, we all piled back into the car and continued north on the parkway to MP #264.4, The Lump Overlook. Not quite as busy as The Cascades, but still a steady flow of photo snappers and a favorite picnic spot nonetheless. Even with an overcast day, the Blue Ridge … More The Lump

Hiking Cascade Falls

One of our very best “flat land” friends came to visit us a couple of weekends ago, so we decided to check out some new territory and hike the loop at Cascade Falls. We drove north on the parkway from Blowing Rock and headed to E.B. Jeffress Park. (If you have never made this drive, … More Hiking Cascade Falls

Ice Cream Shop

Summer time means one thing at the Taylor homestead, ICE CREAM! Ice cream in pints, ice cream from scoop shops, ice cream homemade; it doesn’t matter. It is time for ice cream. On one warm, sunny afternoon, we decided to take the ever beautiful scenic drive on Hwy 221 to Linville. Since we were in … More Ice Cream Shop

Hiking Green Knob

After an entire week of day after day AFTER DAY of rain, we decided to pack up the family and go for a little hike. We picked the Green Knob loop located near us on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Even with us living so close, we have never hiked this loop before. Afterall, the parking areas … More Hiking Green Knob

Road Trip // Day 2 // The Chocolate Fetish, Blue Ridge Parkway, Graybeard Mt., & Green Knob Overlook

Day two of our spontaneous road trip began with a huge breakfast. Since what our hotel called “breakfast” was a plate of doughnuts, we drove across the street to Cracker Barrel for a proper plate of bacon and eggs. The little one just couldn’t hold her eyes open for another second, so our dining experience was pretty … More Road Trip // Day 2 // The Chocolate Fetish, Blue Ridge Parkway, Graybeard Mt., & Green Knob Overlook

Road Trip // Day 1 // Blue Ridge Parkway, Black Mountains, & Mt. Mitchell

Do you know those days when you are just at your absolute limit with cabin fever and you MUST leave the house immediately or you feel you may somehow explode or cry or scratch your eyes out or something extreme where you end up in a puddle of tears and mush? After our last round of … More Road Trip // Day 1 // Blue Ridge Parkway, Black Mountains, & Mt. Mitchell