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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Barton Creek Cave Tour in San Ignacio, Belize

San Ignacio, in the Cayo District of Belize, is an ideal place to base yourself in Belize’s lush interior as it’s central to many of the area’s day tours and attractions. One such attraction, Barton Creek Cave, sparked my interest as a former Mayan ceremonial site and for the opportunity to go canoeing, an activity I find relaxing and good for families. Continue reading “Barton Creek Cave Tour in San Ignacio, Belize”

A Preview: Belize and Guatemala

Every winter I try to escape the cold and go somewhere warm. Last year I escaped to a balmy Portugal as a belated birthday getaway, but this year Mark and I decided to do a bit of a bigger trip. We settled on Central America, a region I am eager to explore more of, and after realizing Costa Rica might break our budget, we decided Belize (with a short side trip to Guatemala) would be just the right fit. Continue reading “A Preview: Belize and Guatemala”

Noelle Across The Pond in 2018

As someone who tends to do well with following through on doing things once I’ve verbalized them (or written them for anyone on the internet to read!), my travel goals each year are important for me to accomplish. In 2017, I made it to every destination on my list sans Austria, so I’m setting the bar high for myself in 2018 as well. Continue reading “Noelle Across The Pond in 2018”

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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