A Walk to Cataract Falls – Great Smoky Mountains National Park {Tennessee}

A Walk to Cataract Falls – Great Smoky Mountains National Park {Tennessee}

Ah, the Great Smoky Mountains- so beautiful, so majestic. No trip to this part of Tennessee is complete without a visit to this historic park. Great Smoky Mountain National Park encompasses 522,419 acres across Tennessee and North Carolina and is a part of the greater Appalachian Mountains that carry on through to the north part [...]

Moments & Misadventures :: Rio From the Bottom to the Top

Moments & Misadventures ::  Rio From the Bottom to the Top

A cool morning dawned upon Rio de Janeiro and I looked out from our hotel window onto the beautiful Copacabana Beach. It was August which meant Brazil's wintertime, which felt like springtime in the states so the weather was perfect for exploring this beautiful city. The beach was quite peaceful with only a few beach [...]

{Israel} Day 7: Mount of Olives, Church of All Nations, Western Wall, City of David National Park

{Israel} Day 7: Mount of Olives, Church of All Nations, Western Wall, City of David National Park

Mount of Olives Today we began with seeing Jerusalem from the top of the Mount of Olives and then making our way down what is known as the Palm Sunday Path towards the city. This route commemorates the path that Jesus took into Jerusalem when palm branches were laid down for him before his arrest [...]

{Israel} Day 6: Temple Mount, Muslim Quarter, & Church of the Holy Sepulchre

{Israel} Day 6: Temple Mount, Muslim Quarter, & Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Temple Mount & the Dome of the Rock Today brought us to Temple Mount. We walked through the old city of Jerusalem and made our way up to the top of Temple Mount, passing over the men's section of the Western Wall on our way. Temple Mount is where three of the world's greatest religions [...]

{Israel} Day 5: Beit She’an National Park & Masada National Park

{Israel} Day 5: Beit She’an National Park & Masada National Park

Beit She'an National Park Today's adventures began at Beit She'an National Park where we toured around the ancient city of Scythopolis. This city was first inhabited in the Bronze Age and remained a cultural center until 749 when it was covered in an earthquake. When archeologists began to uncover the city, they found that most [...]

{Israel} Day 2: Caesarea National Park, Tel Megiddo National Park, & Safed

{Israel} Day 2: Caesarea National Park, Tel Megiddo National Park, & Safed

Caesarea National Park This morning we boarded our tour bus and made our way up the coast until we reached Caesarea National Park. Originally built sometime between 586 -332BCE, this settlement would later be awarded to King Harrod after the Roman Conquest in 30 BCE. King Harrod would take what was a small settlement and [...]

Cades Cove Loop- Smoky Mountain National Park {Tennessee}

Cades Cove Loop- Smoky Mountain National Park {Tennessee}

We decided to take a impromptu trip to the Smoky Mountains this weekend. Although the weather was cold, it made for a wonderful weekend away. We decided to start with the Cades Cove Loop in the south west corner of the park. Because of the cool weather, it made the mountains all the more smoky [...]

Historic Cave Tour- Mammoth Cave National Park {Kentucky}

Historic Cave Tour- Mammoth Cave National Park {Kentucky}

This weekend took us up to the beautiful Mammoth Cave National Park. This is the longest cave system in the world and it has been drawing the curious explorers for over 4,000 years. Established as a national park in 1941, a world heritage site in 1981, and an international biosphere reserve in 1990. Is it [...]