Soundside Nature Trail at Jockey’s Ridge State Park

Jockey’s Ridge State Park is the largest state park in the North Carolina state park system and is situated in beautiful Nags Head, North Carolina, a city that is part of the greater Outer Banks region. While staying in nearby Kill Devil Hills with my family, I decided to go for a hike along the Soundside Nature Trail in Jockey’s Ridge.

Jockey’s Ridge is home to the largest natural sand dune in the United States. Walking through the park is like walking through a desert of sorts, something unique to anything else I’ve experienced. The Soundside Nature Trail starts off at the trailhead in the parking lot off Soundside Road, then goes towards the sand dunes, followed by a wetland area/maritime thickets, and then along the beach of Roanoke Sound. It’s one mile total in length, an easy hike, and takes 20-30 minutes at a leisurely pace (you can find a map of Jockey’s Ridge State Park here).

Here are some photos from my hike:

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Have you been to the Outer Banks or Jockey’s Ridge State Park?

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Small City Charm in Marietta, Ohio

Marietta, Ohio is the kind of place that once you’ve been, you’ll wonder why you didn’t make it there sooner. Named as one of “Ohio’s Best Hometowns” by Ohio Magazine, Marietta is the kind of place where you come for the charm but stay for the community. Continue reading “Small City Charm in Marietta, Ohio”

Historic Charm at The Hackett Hotel in Marietta, Ohio

Never having been to the state of Ohio before, it became one of my goals this year to cross the state off my traveled list. The town of Marietta, Ohio came under my radar because of its historical past as the first permanent settlement in the Northwest Terrority and its waterfront location along the Ohio River. In modern days, Marietta has a charming downtown filled with shops, cafes, and restaurants. And thus, with a destination in mind, arrangements were made with the boutique Hackett Hotel for a stay over a long weekend. Here is my experience at the hotel.
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The Bear Truth of Sequoia National Park, California

Sequoia National Park is known to many as the home of California’s large, giant sequoia trees. That’s at least what I went looking for when I had some free time during a work trip and made my way to the Ash Mountain entrance of the park. Although I never made it to the trees themselves (more on that below), the massive park has a lot to offer for nature enthusiasts like myself.

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A Review: LAX Marriott Hotel in Los Angeles, California

As someone who is not a fan of early morning flights – but often has to take them – finding a comfortable place to rest my head that is conveniently located to the airport is essential. In the Los Angeles area, the LAX Marriott Hotel has become just that for me. Each visit there – thanks to the modern decor, location, and comfortable, functional rooms – has made the hotel a place I look forward to staying at to regroup before a long flight. Here’s my take on the hotel. Continue reading “A Review: LAX Marriott Hotel in Los Angeles, California”