North Carolina


Kings Mountain Greenway Trail
**Note: This post contains affiliate links which means if you click on the links to products in this post and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission at no additional cost to you** The Carolina Thread trail has some of my favorite trails so far during this 52 […]

52 Hike Challenge at Kings Mountain Gateway Trail part of ...


trail run Buffalo Creek
When I was a kid, I hated running! There was NO amount of money in the world that could entice me to run. It was such a strong hate that I didn’t apply to my dream job, as a Behavioral Profiler at the FBI, once I found out there was […]

How running and exercise challenged me and made me a ...


Daisy in Shadows at Buffalo Creek Nature Trail
*This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase from one of these links, I will receive a commission at no additional cost to you* On National Trails day was June 3, 2017 and we chose Buffalo Creek Preserve. Usually on National Trails day, people choose a nature trail […]

National Trails Day: Buffalo Creek Preserve



Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden Charlotte NC
This year for Mother’s Day I made it very clear that I was not feeling up to going to any restaurants or brunches of any kind. I don’t know how anyone enjoys going out to eat on large event days like that. The wait is always longer, food is never […]

Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens


Carolina Thread Trail Freedom Park Charlotte NC
Freedom Park is probably one of my favorite parks in Charlotte. It’s not large but always populated. One of my favorite things to do there is put the hammock up out by the amphitheater. There are large trees all around and if you’re not bothered by begging ducks, it’s a […]

Earth Day in Freedom Park: Charlotte, NC


NC Zoo ostrich
I’ve been trying to branch out a little and photograph more than just trees. While still on Spring Break we chose to go to the NC Zoo in Ashboro. We’re were just near the Uwharrie Mountains at Badin Lake so we just continued the trip a little further. I always compare […]

NC Zoo Ashboro, North Carolina



Hammock at Badin Lake
Everyone is out for Spring Break and the first thing on my list is relaxing! I get to sleep in, not have to fight morning traffic and not have to plan any meals. They deserve a break from all of that and we definitely do too. The boys requested that […]

Badin Lake in the Uwharrie National Forest


midtown park charlotte nc
Midtown Park is on South Kings Drive near Carolina’s Medical Center-Main. I originally found this park last year when I brought lunch to my husband. It’s a really cute park and even though I’d been here before, I decided to add it to this years hike/park tour because I like […]

#7: Midtown Park: Charlotte, NC





baseballs at Crooked Creek Park
So, it was supposed to “snow” over the weekend, it didn’t. We got mostly ice as usual and a little bit of snow.  I put snow in quotes because it never really snows here, not like it does in Virginia. Growing up in Virginia we looked forward to snow because when […]

Park 2: Crooked Creek Park


In my last post, I shared that I made a new goal to visit 52 parks/places this year. Hiking and taking walks on nature trails is something that I do a lot. I found Mineral Springs Greenway by accident. I got lost one day and I randomly passed it on the […]

Park 1: Mineral Springs Greenway



red and orange leaves through the trees
  I am pretty behind on blog posts and editing photos. This photo blog planning and redesign process took way longer than I had planned and expected. Why does that always happen? During my project management days, there was always a strict project plan and every time, something would come up that […]

Fall 2016


Stairs walking down a trail
Shortly after my birthday this year we returned to South Mountains State park. This time we brought Layla our dog. We got Layla in February of this year. She’s a very unlikely mix between a shorkie (yorkie/shih tzu) and a mini American Eskimo. Her owner said she was an “accidental […]

South Mountains State Park 2016


Marshall Park Charlotte NC
Over the summer I decided to delve into to some city photography. I’ve always leaned towards nature and landscape photography but being on this journey of venturing out of my comfort zone I thought I should take the camera to the city. Charlotte photographs well. Every time I open up […]

Walking around Charlotte, NC