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    Hiking to Alum Cave Bluffs (Great Smoky Mountain National Park)

    Hike a trail full of history of scenic views! The trail to Alum Cave Bluffs is rich in history AND packs a mean punch of beautiful scenery. Enjoy an easy stroll to Arch Rock along a well-marked trail that is accompanied by the soothing sound of a flowing creek. Turn around here for an easy hike or continue further to the cave bluffs for outstanding views of the Smoky Mountains. After the cave bluffs, you can continue on another 2.4 miles to Mt LeConte. This is the shortest (and most difficult) of the 5 trails leading up to Mt LeConte. In this post, I will recount the hike from the…

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    Hiking

    Best Budget Trekking Poles for Beginners (Under $60)

    Curious about trekking poles but don’t know where to start? This post has you covered. We will review the basics and provide you with several options, all for under $60 to get you started! Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. This means if you purchase through a link, I may make a small commission at no additional cost to you. Read full disclosure here. These are the best budget trekking poles for 2020 If you’re like me, when I first searched REI’s website for a pair of trekking poles I was floored at the prices! $120 walking sticks? No thanks. Fortunately I was able to find a decent set on…

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    Travel

    All About Visiting Horseshoe Bend in Page, Arizona

    Horseshoe Bend has exploded with popularity over the last several years, mostly thanks to Instagram. The number of people visiting this beautiful horseshoe-shaped curve in the Colorado River has risen from a few thousand per year to a few thousand per day. That aside, walking the short hike to Horseshoe Bend is still worthy of being on anyone’s bucket list, as it one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen. Keep reading for more info on this unique site that was carved by Mother Nature herself. Disclaimer: This post may include affiliate links. This means if you make a purchase through a link, I may make a small…

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    Utah Mighty 5 National Park Road Trip: 10 Things You Can’t Miss!

    My 2-week southwest road trip through Utah and Arizona has been one of my favorite trips in my life thus far. The plan was to see as much as I possibly could during those two weeks. I visited the Utah Mighty Five National Parks and some other super cool places along the way. After doing the Mighty Five loop, I decided to put together a list of the absolute MUST-SEE things along the way. This post will tell you 10 things you won’t want to miss on your Mighty Five road trip! Obviously, these are not the only amazing things you will see. You will see a LOT of cool…

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    Is it Cheaper to Cancel a Flight or Change It? 9 Top Airline Change/Cancel Policies & Fees

    With everything that’s going on in the world concerning the coronavirus, you may have an upcoming vacation that you are considering canceling or postponing. My upcoming trip to Yosemite in May is one of them. Fortunately, I booked through Southwest and am familiar with their change/cancel process. But some of you may be booked with an airline you aren’t super familiar with. You may be wondering, is it cheaper to cancel a flight or change it. In this post, I will cover the flight change, cancellation, and refund policies for Southwest, Delta, United, American, Frontier, Allegiant, and JetBlue Airlines. Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate links. This means if you…