Family friendly hiking for adults, kids, and pets. Like most North Carolina state parks, this is a very popular location on the weekends. Located in the middle of the state, Raven Rock State Park offers camping and 20 miles of hiking trails ranging from easy to moderate.
The Linville Gorge area in North Carolina is a rugged wilderness area on the Blue Ridge Parkway, near Grandfather Mountain.
Pink Beds Loop Trail is a five mile easy trail through the Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina. This trail was named by the early settlers due to the abundant blooms of local flowers. Before arriving at this trailhead, check out the Looking Glass waterfall first before all the crowds arrive.
Mount Jefferson, in Ashe County in western North Carolina, offers picnicking and seven miles of wonderful hiking trails that range from easy to strenuous.
Hanging Rock State Park is about a half-hour drive north of Winston-Salem, North Carolina and has some of the best hiking trails in the Triad. This park also has four waterfalls and even a mountain cave called Tory's Den.
A review of the Home Chef food delivery service by a home cook.
I love hiking and enjoy the fellowship with other like-minded hikers. We have a great time and great memories of many hikes. But here are two hikes I wish I didn't sign up for. Please allow me.
Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area is on the North Carolina Registry of Natural Heritage Areas and is located in Alexander County, North Carolina.
Congaree National Park, located southeast of Columbia, SC, is a must-visit place if you are travelling through the area. This is a beautiful, surreal forest located in a flood plain. If you are lucky you will see the feral hogs which roam this forest.
One way to accumulate cash is to stop wasting it. Although many of the tips below will only save you cents at a time, they will eventually add up to a considerable sum of money over time.
Crowders Mountain State Park in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, provides ample hiking, climbing, boating, and other outdoor activities.
Whether you own your own home or rent your residence, you can reduce your budget by following a few practical tips with the utilities.
Here is a nice hearty but healthy meal for colder days in the fall and winter. To save time, buy pre-chopped vegetables and a rotisserie chicken at the supermarket.
Chimney Rock has been a towering iconic focal point in Western NC for well over a century. It offers sweeping 75-mile views and has a 26-story elevator built inside the mountain!
Here is a list of eight everyday common inventions that will make life just a little bit more convenient.
Approach any direction and you will see Pilot Mountain rising more than 1,400 feet above the countryside of the upper Piedmont plateau.
The Cherokee Indians translation of the word Tanawha is "fabulous hawk or eagle." This would be the right name for this trail because it offers hikers a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains.
Here is a delicious and healthier alternative to stopping by the Chinese takeout restaurant plus it's easy to prepare as well!
Reedy Creek Nature Center offers over 10 miles of hiking trails and has a variety of terrains and scenic views of small lakes, forests, fields, streams, wildlife, and the Robinson Rockhouse ruins.
Aside from the obvious items such as backpack, a good pair of hiking boots, and hiking poles, here is a list of a few basic items every hiker should have on a day hike.
There are areas in our homes that we often forget when going about our usual house cleaning chores. It is not easy to forget about washing dishes, vacuuming, laundry, and cleaning the bathrooms.
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is a must-visit spectacular botanical garden and landmark of this area located along the banks of Lake Wylie in Belmont, North Carolina.
While menu planning and cooking, here are a few small steps that can help to add savings in the long run to the monthly food budget.
South Mountains has an elevation up to 3,000 feet and is a great way to escape the city and really get back to nature. There is an 80 foot waterfall and 45 miles of trails to enjoy. Only two trails are considered Easy. The rest are moderate to strenuous.
I am the first one to admit I am not technology savvy at all. I do not own a kindle, a blackberry, an iPad, or a Bluetooth. But these digital inventions ROCK!
This little gem of a Greenway runs along the Catawba River and is part of the City of Rock Hill’s Greenways System and also the Carolina Thread Trail network. It was formerly named Riverwalk.
I never thought I would enjoy a salad without ranch dressing, eggs, olives, bacon bits and all the other high-calorie add-ons.
McDowell Nature Preserve is the perfect place to “get away from it all” even though you are still in the city. This preserve offers camping, hiking, fishing, boating, and a nature center to enjoy all year long in a peaceful and natural setting.
Chicken thighs are a good source of Vitamin B6, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus, Zinc and Selenium, and a very good source of Protein and Niacin. They are also full of flavor.
Landsford Canal State Park in Catawba SC is one of those lesser-known gems you must visit if ever near the Charlotte, NC /Rock Hill, SC area. If you love history and nature, you'll love this place. The trails are easy and great for kids.
Add eye-catching tables to any Microsoft Word document. Learn how to create and format tables to jazz up an otherwise plain document.
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It's amazing how the combination of such simple ingredients can provide such a powerful flavor. The twist in this recipe is the addition of tomato paste which provides a real pop in flavor. The addition of peas and carrots adds color and makes a wonderful hearty dish for those colder days, and it...
A comical perspective at signs you have a bad Realtor. This is not a negative bash against ALL Realtors, because I know there are a few good ones out there....somewhere.
The Moses H. Cone Memorial Park is an estate honoring the late Moses H. Cone in Blowing Rock, NC. The Carriage Trail is an easy gravel trail with a slight zig-zag incline up to the fire tower.
In Germany and in Pennsylvania Dutch culture, cabbage leaves represent paper money and since sauerkraut comes from cabbage, eating cabbage signifies being financially lucky.
A visit to the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, NC offers inspiring exhibits, films, and memorabilia retracing Billy Graham’s dynamic journey from a North Carolina dairy farm to stadiums and arenas all across the globe.
If you are interested in a small, simple, and healthy Thanksgiving dinner, give this menu a try. You could also add some corn on the cob or creamed corn to round it out, with pumpkin pie, of course!
I always forget how much I love asparagus and Brussels sprouts, so I decided to combine both of these vitamin-packed vegetables into one dish!
Here is a list of 15 Must Have Tools for the Kitchen and includes a summary how each one can aid in cooking delicious meals much easier and more efficiently.
Everyone loves a potluck at work. It boosts morale, gives employees a break from the every day work routine, and gives them a chance to mingle with other departments they normally don’t have contact with. This article will get you started in the right direction.
This is my story of how I recovered after a total abdominal hysterectomy surgery.
Most people don’t realize how many opportunities there are every day to stretch the paycheck. Here are some frugal habits that could really add up in the long run.
DuPont State Forest is a very popular 10,000+ acre tract located near Brevard, North Carolina. This forest was used to shoot scenes from “The Hunger Games” and “The Last of the Mohicans." There is a spaghetti bowl of hiking trails in this area rated from Easy to Strenuous.
Located on more than 13,500 acres in Wilkes and Alleghany counties, Stone Mountain State Park in Roaring Gap, North Carolina offers cascading waterfalls, cool mountain streams, quiet forests abundant with wildlife, scenic hiking trails and a historic mountain homestead.
McAlpine Creek, McMullen Creek and Four Mile Creek Greenways are one of the many beautiful wetland nature trails that Charlotteans have access to. Even though it has 3 different names, it is the same greenway.
Portobello mushrooms are an excellent substitute for meat in any vegetarian dish because they are so hearty and flavorable.
I was so excited for the past three months about my 3-day mountain cabin vacation in Western North Carolina. Little did I know the nightmare of a mountain cabin that was in store for me.
If you want to save money and eat healthy, here is an easy Healthy Chicken Garden Salad you can make ahead of time that meets both demands, and it's great for brown-bagging for lunch.
Do animals hear God? What does God think about mocking children? What is His reaction to His people worshiping idols, or preachers committing adultery?
We've all been there during this journey we call life. Every so often we must deal with sticky people and sticky situations and wisdom navigating these situations is always a blessing. Welcome to Corporate Communication Etiquette.
My journey through the Mary Kay Cosmetics pink kingdom was filled with a few good things, but there was a dark side as well. Here is my story about the pros and cons.
The apple just needs to realize the signs they are from a dysfunctional family and then find ways to surround themselves throughout their life with positive people who will value, cherish, and support them.
There is a new floor cleaning game in town - it's called the Steam Mop and it's fantastic!
This vegetable stir fry recipe does not need a Wok to cook in. A regular nonstick 12-inch sauté pan will work. Fish sauce is considered ketchup in the world of Thai cooking and it is crucial for the Thai flavor.
There are many reasons why people love working at home. They love the work and don’t like the bad office politics, the interruptions, or many annoying behaviors that are distracting during a work day in the cubicle life. Some behaviors are just plain rude. Just for the record whenever the words...
This is a nice salad for brown bagging and also for potlucks. It is convenient to make a big giant bowl of Chef Salad once and then you will have an already prepared meal waiting for you.
Brussels sprouts are part of the brassicas family, contain many nutrients, and are very healthy. They are high in antioxidants and are good for the heart and blood vessels.
Planning a corporate Christmas party for the office can be a lot of fun, in spite of any nail biting moments that could occur. With good planning and communication the nail biting moments can be reduced to a minimum.
Whether you have a job transfer or you just need a change and want to start over, relocating to a new area can certainly have a few stressful moments, but it can also be an adrenaline rush as well.
Studies show that it may take several attempts to successfully kick the smoking habit. For one person, it may take only five quits to succeed; for another, it may take 10. For me, it was more than that.
Do you feel happy, safe, or relaxed around this person? Or do you feel you must be on your guard like you have to watch everything you do and say?
Here is a quick, easy, and tasty dish, plus spinach is an excellent source of Iron, Calcium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folate, and Manganese.
This is a nice hearty meal when the weather gets cold outside. It goes well with some french bread and butter. Sugar snap peas could be used in place of green beans, and canned potatoes work well instead of a raw potato.
Owning your own place can be wonderful if you are looking to put down roots and really make it your own. At the same time, you don't want to be "house-poor" either.
As a single person, finding a church to belong in can be a daunting task. Take a look at my advice for navigating this terrain.