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Finding Literary Inspiration at the Stanley Hotel

Tweet “He would write it for the reason he felt that all great literature, fiction and nonfiction, was written: truth comes out, in the end it always comes out. He would write it because he felt he had to.” ― Stephen King, The Shining • • • Most people can identify the significance of the […]

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Photo Friday: Mobile, Alabama

Tweet Alabama may conjure images of Forrest Gump and the like, but the state is more diverse than most people realize. If you’ve ever visited coastal Mobile, you might feel as though you’re in New Orleans or Savannah. The row houses and bougainvillea evoke similar images. First settled as a fort in 1702, the French, […]

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Planning a Trip to Yellowstone and Grand Tetons National Parks

Tweet Generations of travelers from far and wide have made their way to the northwestern corner of Wyoming for over 100 years. Perhaps the most well known of our National Parks System, Yellowstone and Grand Tetons national parks are only a few hours apart, making them easily bundled together into one trip. It’s the run-ins […]

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On Respecting Our National Parks

Tweet The past six months have been ripe with stories of idiocy in the American National Parks System. At Yellowstone alone, there was the Chinese tourist fined for collecting water from the thermal springs, the Canadian YouTubers who went off the path at Grand Prismatic, the American man who died falling into the Norris Geyser […]

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Photo Friday: Mormon Row, Grand Tetons, Wyoming

Tweet Like many parts of the West, the area now known as the Grand Tetons were settled by followers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the late 1800s. They started homesteads in what became Jackson (Wyoming) with plenty of room for their large families. Community was important to these people, so […]

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A City Girl’s Weekend in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Tweet The first stop on my sister and I’s national park road trip was Jackson Hole, Wyoming. I had no idea what to expect, but my sister spent two weeks in the town in 2010, the same year that I took a similar trip that would change my life. She stayed with childhood friends of […]

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The Best of Atlanta’s Westside

Tweet Between college and my year in Australia, I was living at home and interning at a now defunct newspaper. It was located on a side of Atlanta I hadn’t spent much time in, but my friend lived nearby so we would often meet for lunch. I was lacking funds back then, especially between working […]

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Experiencing the Great Outdoors in Utah’s Heber Valley

Tweet Mt. Timpanac, Credit: Mark Anderson As I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, this summer will be my very first trip out west. There are so many places I haven’t been, and still won’t make it to this trip, that I want to see. One is Utah, with its diverse landscapes and ancient rock formations. I’d […]

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Exploring Nevada’s Pony Express Territory

Tweet I set a goal for 2016 to see more of the United States. Because, despite my years of travel, I’ve only seen some 20 or so states, most of them in the southern United States and the small states of the north. But there’s so much I still haven’t seen. I’ve already started planning […]

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How a Summer in Washington DC Changed My Life

Tweet Solo travel wasn’t something I ever thought I would do, especially as a high schooler who could hardly leave the house for a period of time because of panic attacks. Anxiety plagued me on and off from a young age but was at its worst in ninth grade. It started to loosen its hold […]

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