• Adventures,  Life,  National Parks,  North Carolina,  Tennessee,  U.S.A.

    What I Did & Spent on a Solo Weekend in Asheville & the Great Smoky Mountains

    I really, really needed this trip. I needed to get out of town, to put on my pack and walk into the woods. I needed to spend a few hours in the car, music up and windows down. I needed to be alone in the woods, to take myself to dinner, to drink new beers, to catch up with one of my oldest friends. I just needed to go. Asheville, North Carolina, is a place I keep going back to. The first time I went, I was 19. It was my first-ever road trip. I took my boyfriend, headed south on I-81 and felt like a grown up doing grown…

  • Cape Hatteras National Seashore || terragoes.com
    Adventures,  National Parks,  North Carolina,  U.S.A.

    Exploring the Bodie Island Light Station at Cape Hatteras National Seashore

    The first lighthouse I ever remember seeing was on Lake Erie, probably near Cleveland. I was 10, maybe 11. It was windy, like it often is when you’re walking around a giant lake, and late enough in the fall that most of the leaves had fallen from the trees. I was wearing a jean jacket over an orange sweater and my bangs were cut too short. There were probably other light houses before this light house,  but this is the one that I remember. This is the one I was first captivated by. I can’t explain it, really, the lighthouse thing, why I find them so delightful, fascinating and intriguing. …

  • Wright Brothers National Memorial || terragoes.com
    Adventures,  National Parks,  North Carolina,  U.S.A.

    First Flights, North Carolina & the Wright Brothers National Memorial

    There are a few things you’ll definitely notice if you visit North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The sand dunes are hard to miss and Jockey’s Ridge State Park, the most visited park in North Carolina, protects the tallest active sand dune system in the Eastern United States. There’s the beach, of course, and Brew Thru, a chain of legendary drive-thru convenience stores that sell beer, wine and “world famous” t-shirts. There’s the winged horse statues, part of a public art installation started in 2003 to celebrate 100 years of flight. That – the flight stuff – is something you’ll definitely notice if you visit the Outer Banks, home to the Wright…

  • The Outer Banks | terragoes.com
    Life,  North Carolina

    Escaping to the Outer Banks, Crab Chases & Just Going

    I was tired. I’d worked for almost a month straight and I needed a break. I needed a getaway. Summer was calling. I felt it in my bones, a bodily longing for sunshine, for the crash of waves, sand squishing between my toes, the tropical fruit stink of sunscreen. What I needed was the beach. I packed up the dogs, some clean clothes and some road snacks and we all headed to North Carolina’s Outer Banks, where the Wright Brothers flew the first successful flight in 1903 and where a colony of Englishmen and women mysteriously disappeared between 1587 and 1590. I’ve had a long-standing love affair with the Outer…

  • Guilford Courthouse National Military Park || TERRAGOES.COM
    Adventures,  National Parks,  North Carolina,  U.S.A.

    Guilford Courthouse National Military Park & 5 Facts about the American Revolution

    In plotting my trip to the Great Smoky Mountains last month, I realized Guilford Courthouse National Military Park was right in the middle of our route, in Greensboro, North Carolina. “It’s on the way, which means we have to go,” I told him. By that point, he’d grown used to my map-scouring and park visit-plotting ways, and while he cared little for history, he was a good sport about it, especially if there were comfy benches for him to sit on while I chattered about random pieces of history or artifacts in a display case. Guilford Courthouse National Military Park commemorates the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, fought during the Revolutionary…