My Speed Date With The Grand Canyon

My Speed Date With The Grand Canyon

A few weeks ago, I made the cross-country drive to my new home of Los Angeles, CA from beloved Tallahassee. Without weather on my side, I took the four-hour detour of stopping by the Grand Canyon to enjoy a glimpse of OG American scenery. 

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Blue Ridge Sunrise

About a month ago, we took best advantage of our three-day weekend to escape to the North Carolina mountains. The weather was still perfectly cool, and all plants still fully lush. We stayed in my grandparents mountain cabin, right off the Blue Ridge Parkway from Asheville, NC. 

Our home for the weekend fit about every dream life demand one can think of: a sea of wildflowers, permeant soundtrack of the nearby running creek, never ending supply of fresh spring water, spacious back porch with a view of Cold Mountain to kill for; sorry can't go on too busy crying that I'm currently not there....

Between our heavy hang sessions, wooded explorations and local Asheville excursions, we worked hard to soak up as much beauty from mama nature as humanly possible. Like 6am sunrise hikes and wildflower glamour shots. Till our next escape...


I believe in gadding about. Terminal workday, dragnet night? Lame locus, civil social? Gad out. As alluded to in the video, most finds are found on other missions--a trip down river, then oddly up conveyors. Some days the only thing to raise hairs on my neck is a brush with, or a breach of, new bounds. Explore sensibly and bring along a Bloom mixtape. 

The Aucilla Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and the abandoned Cabbage Grove Quarry are located southeast of Tallahassee off Coastal Highway 98. From 98, head north on Powell Hammock Road; the quarry is on the right after a ways. From Powell Hammock, make a left onto Goose Pasture Road and continue a mile or so until you come to the Florida Trail kiosk. This area is managed by a number of agencies, but mainly by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). WMAs are regulated public hunting grounds, so wear something blaze orange and do not stray too far off trails. Take off the orange and roam freely, if you're heading for the quarry; I've been out there several times and never seen a soul. For a map and brochure, visit http://myfwc.com/media/2531902/AUCILLA.pdf