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Pine Mountain Hike – West Loop Trail and David G. Archer Overlook

Pine Mountain Hike – West Loop Trail and David G. Archer Overlook

IMG_20160807_132424553I want to start this off by saying that Pine Mountain is where I started to fall for David. He took me here on our first date. We ended up doing both loops that day because I wanted to spend as much time with him as I could. It was a great way to begin our relationship and we try to do the hike at least once a year.

Pine Mountain West Trail Stats

Length 2.4 Miles
Elevation Gain 605 feet
Difficulty Rating More Moderate than Easy
Trail Type Loop
Date Hiked 08/08/2016
Public Facilities Free parking
Kid Friendly Yes
Pet Friendly Yes

 

This weekend, we just did the West loop trail because it was hotter than we expected. One important tip is to remember that the parking lot you start at determines which loop you will start and end your hike. If you decide to do both loops, that is great, but if you’re only interested in doing one, then you should remember which loop you started with and stay on that one.

You should be warned that if you park at the West loop THERE ARE NO BATHROOMS OR WATER FOUNTAINS. Make sure you stop on your way up if you need to go. Also, make sure you pack enough water for you and your animals, as dogs are allowed on these trails.

IMG_0440I always forget how beautiful the trail is. It is well maintained, and has a lot to see. There is a small creek that runs through the base of the mountain, and there are several boulders and cliffs to check out on your way up.

 

IMG_0430There is one overlook, so both loops will take you to it, and it is called the David G. Archer Overlook. This is a large overlook, and is typically pretty crowded, and we even saw some hammocks this weekend. It is very sunny at the top, so sunscreen is a must if you are planning on spending a lot time up there. The overlook offers amazing views of Lake Allatoona, Kennesaw Mountain, Atlanta, and Plant Bowen.

Throughout the loops, there are signs labeling the trees, which can be nice if you are interested in learning about the vegetation around you.

Pine Mountain West Trail Head Map

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Take some time to soak up the last days of summer, because fall will be here soon. This is an excellent trail if you are an active person. Bring plenty of water and snacks, and don’t forget your sunscreen and bug spray! Happy Hiking!!! 🙂

Video of the Hike

Sugarmill Ruins Travel Park

Sugarmill Ruins Travel Park

We store our camper at Sugar Mill Ruins Travel Park in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. We absolutely LOVE this park. Their sites are all tree-covered, spacious, and clean. The campground offers a private fishing lake, a nice pool, tiki bar, and daily events like aerobics or family-movies by the pool.  The bathrooms are clean, and there are multiple showers.

Their drink prices are $1.25 for wine or draft beer at the tiki bar, which is unbeatable. They also have ice cream for $1.25 a cone, or $1.50 for double-scoop. The general store is affordable, so we usually buy our ice there on the way to the beach 🙂

The roads are not paved, which makes it much cooler to sit outside, and the staff is beyond helpful. Overall, we love this campground, and plan on making this our home-base at some point.

The beach in New Smyrna is unique because you can actually drive on it.  We can load our car full of beach chairs, umbrellas, a grill, towels, and cooler.  This removes the need to lug our stuff for a half mile through the sand, and it allows you to easily cook on the beach.  The parking fee for the beach is $10 per day or $100 per year, which is very reasonable.  Don’t forget to carpool!

Overall, I would highly recommend staying in this campground.  They allow tent-camping as well, and we have seen some really awesome pop-ups.  They also provide storage for your camper on-site for $38 per month.

Mount Yonah | Cleveland, Georgia

Mount Yonah | Cleveland, Georgia

Mount Yonah Georgia Hike dayhiked.com-5Last weekend David and I went to Mount Yonah (in Cleveland, GA) with some friends.  We’ve hiked it several times, but I just wanted to post about it today because it was incredible! The leaves were just starting to come out, and the weather was perfect.  It was one of those hikes where climbing off the mountain is the last possible thing you would ever want to do, that is until your stomach starts growling to tell you that it is time for food. If you are living in Georgia and looking for a fun weekend adventure, you should check out this mountain.  It isn’t far from Helen, which means that you can easily make a weekend trip out of your visit.  The hike itself is only about a mile and half up, but it can get pretty intense at times, so make sure you bring enough water and some healthy snacks to enjoy when you get to the top.

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Make sure you take a moment to explore the rim of the top of the mountain, as it doesn’t just end at the first overlook.  The very top has a nice, flat clearing that many people use to camp.  Every time we go, we see some awesome tents and hammocks filled with happy people.  They have some fire pits already set up, so grab some friends, an old tent, and head up there sometime!

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What we packed:
Camel packs (I brought 1.5 liters of water)
Camera (this obvious :))
Phone (4G all the way up!)
2 Bananas
Cashews
Sunflower Seeds
Sunscreen (look how pale we are, this is always a must)
Binoculars (these came in handy when we wanted to check out the wine vineyard below)
Good Company (this is also a must, because who wants to travel up a mountain with bad company?)

What we should have packed:
Two jackets (the wind was like whipping icicles)
More food

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Short sleeves–with a tank top underneath, pants, and vibram five-fingers (me)
Short sleeves, shorts, and tennis shoes (David)

How to Peel the Labels off Your Kombucha Bottles

How to Peel the Labels off Your Kombucha Bottles

Brewing your own kombucha is a fun way to save money and get the exact flavor and consistency you want.  If you don’t already know how to brew your own, please see my other post here.  Part of the brewing process is bottling.  A great way to cut back on your waste and decrease consumer demand is to reuse your old kombucha bottles. I usually drink GTs when we are out of the good stuff at home. Their bottles are perfect for brewing, and they add that nice carbonation that we all love about kombucha.

Below is a video I made to show you how quick and painless it can be to peel those labels off of your bottles. Think of all of the possibilities there are for reuse:

  • Bottling any drink (think club soda and lime on a hot summer day)
  • Storing any nuts, seeds, coffee beans, or any other dried food
  • Decorations (I’m thinking chalkboard paint and fun stencils)
  • Bringing a homemade drink with you to work
  • A water bottle at work (no plastic here, thank you- just leave the lid off)
  • A gift for a friend who is also brewing his or her own kombucha
  • A very unique mixed-drink glass
  • A cute pencil holder (put a ribbon around the rim, voila!)
  • Massive spice rack
  • I could go on, the possibilities are endless


If peeling the labels off your own bottles isn’t your thing, you can always order some bottles from amazon.  I’ve never tried these, but they seem like they would work great.

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