The Latest From Karissa

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 […]

What You Need To Know About Camping In Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is an outdoor wonderland, and Aaron and I have always wanted to go on a camping trip together. This year, the pieces seemed to fall into place for one of our bucket list destinations; Yellowstone. We often plan a trip for September or October because it’s the […]

Yellowstone National Park – Five Day Itinerary

Yellowstone National Park is neatly tucked away in the Northwest corner of Wyoming, where the mountainous landscape does not obstruct the view of the expansive sky above. Peacefully grazing bison freely roam the open land while a tiny chipmunk scampers from one rock to another. The remnants of an early […]

Monthly Round-Up: Rose & Thorns – October 2021

October Rose & Thorns – A monthly recap of the highs and lows experienced throughout each month. Rose: Uninhibited Travel The more I travel, the easier it gets. Most of this month was excited anticipation for Aaron and I’s camping trip in Yellowstone. I spent days leading up to the […]

Essential Yellowstone Packing List For Fall

Packing for any vacation can be overwhelming. There’s always a sense of forgetting a critical item for survival; e.g. medication, your phone charger, or your whole carry-on bag. For my recent trip to Yellowstone, I created an essential Yellowstone packing list to ensure I would be prepared for anything.  On […]

DIY: Spooky Halloween Garland

Every year, my family decorates for Halloween. Fearful my family would exile me for not decorating for the spooky season; I decided to create a DIY Spooky Halloween Garland for my newly made-over patio.  Creating this garland took on a life of its own. In the beginning, I just wanted […]

Hiking Hillsborough River State Park

The humidity in Florida has been less repressive for the last week. So, taking advantage of the slightly comfortable weather and needing to break in my new hiking boots, I set out to visit the Hillsborough River State Park.  The chaos of Tampa melts into the background as you turn […]

Monthly Round-Up: Rose & Thorns – September 2021

September Rose & Thorns – A monthly recap of the highs and lows experienced throughout each month. Rose: Running Further Than Ever I started writing about my running journey last month. I was so proud of how fast I was able to push myself. This month, the temperature has begun […]


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