The Latest From Karissa

Car Emergency Kit: 10 Things To Always Keep In Your Car

There’s never a good time for a car emergency. Something minor can consume an entire day for repairs. This week I picked up a fragment of metal from the highway damaging the sidewall of one of my tires. Of all the mechanical issues, a flat tire is the lesser evil. […]

Unwind While Exploring St. Petersburg’s Sunken Gardens

Amid stop-and-go traffic on searing blacktop pavement lies a tropical roadside oasis. St. Petersburg’s Sunken Gardens is one of Florida’s last roadside attractions. Its humble beginnings started as a hobby for the landowner who drained this land of its marshy water and created the tropical garden we continue to enjoy […]

2022 New Year’s Resolutions

I love making New Years Resolutions. Writing clear expectations and lists with tiny boxes to check throughout the year is a simple pleasure in life. In 2022, I have some recurring goals and fresh ideas to implement in the new year.  If you want to look back on previous year’s […]

Monthly Round-Up: Rose & Thorns – December 2021

December Rose & Thorns – A monthly recap of the highs and lows experienced each month. Rose: New Job! This wasn’t on my 2021 vision board. I officially won’t start until after the new year, but I couldn’t pass up this opportunity. While I am sad to leave my current […]

Top Five Favorite Places I Traveled In 2021

As I look back on the past year, the list of favorite places I traveled was long. This year was a mixed bag of different adventures. Aaron and I planned two bucket list vacations that took us to the white sands of Hawaii and then to the mountains of Wyoming. […]

Top Five Blog Post for 2021

As the end of the year approaches, I want to review the top blog post from 2021. While I put equal love into creating each post, the SEO gods are a bit pickier about which ones deserve to stand in the limelight. By the end of 2021, I will have […]

Weekend Vacation Guide to Helen Georgia

Helen Georgia is a remote Bavarian town where you can drink beer by the letters, eat pretzels as giant as a dinner plate, and hike to waterfalls during the day. This alpine town is tucked away in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. You will feel as if you […]

Tallulah Gorge State Park: Expectations vs. Reality

The Tallulah Gorge State Park wasn’t my first choice when planning my day of hiking, but it ended up being the best choice. I spent the morning driving the winding road to Anne Ruby Falls, only to find it closed. Determined not to be discouraged by Google Maps’ failure to […]

Monthly Round-Up: Rose & Thorns – November 2021

November Rose & Thorns – A monthly recap of the highs and lows experienced throughout each month. Rose: First Solo Trip On a whim, I took myself on a road trip to Helen, Georgia, this month. I’m not sure if listening to true-crime podcasts helped keep me vigilant or made […]

Five Things You Should Do At The Florida Welcome Center

Drawn to Florida’s white-sand beaches, theme parks, and warm weather, millions of auto travelers enter Florida through the interstate system each year. Along with playing road trip bingo, anticipating the next stop along the way is half the fun. The Florida Welcome Center is one of those highway havens travelers […]


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