Life In the Big Green Jolly

Embrace local. Explore often.

Embrace local.  Explore often.

Category: North America

Hiking Gem: Rhododendron Cove State Nature Preserve

rock squeeze trail at Rhododendron Cove State Nature Preserve

Rhododendron Cove State Nature Preserve is 75 acres of beauty, a peaceful preserve with some unexpectedly interesting rock features. It’s conveniently located in the Hocking Hills area, about 35 minutes SE of Columbus, Ohio. While it’s not a huge hiking… Continue Reading…

A Bucket List Item For Cyclists – High Bridge Trail

High Bridge Trail

Floating 125 feet above the Appomattox River, High Bridge gives an eagle-eye view of the valley below. Spanning nearly 1/2 a mile, there is plenty to see from the bridge and along the entire 31-mile trail. Don’t Miss These Events… Continue Reading…

Hike the Beautiful Tideland National Recreation Trail

Gravel Path on Tideland National Recreation Trail

Short, but mighty, the Tideland National Recreation Trail (also known as the Cedar Point Tideland Trail) is a must-visit trail in the Croatan National Forest in eastern North Carolina. Why You Should Hike the Tideland National Recreation Trail Don’t be… Continue Reading…

Bike Touring in Oriental

Sunset at Oriental marina

Ever thought about bike touring in Oriental along in the Inner Banks of North Carolina? If so, check out the Cycle NC Spring Coastal Ride.

Experience Monteverde

blue striped hummingbird

“¿Hablas español?” the van driver inquired on our way to the Monteverde area of Costa Rica:  Do you speak Spanish? “No.  Lo siento.  Muy poco”, I replied: No. I’m sorry. Very little. “Ah, I am the one that is sorry”,… Continue Reading…

Visit Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve

Blue dragonfly sitting on leaf at Santa Elena Cloud Forest

Trying to decide which cloud forest to visit in the Monteverde area of Costa Rica? Read on for why I recommend the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve.