Fall Creek Falls State Park

Fall Creek Falls State Park

Every so often I’ll catch a spontaneous ‘bug’ and want to go off somewhere with B like we used to do in the PNW. I loved our time away together and the memories we’d create, so when I can I’ll do some research and find a kid-friendly destination within my two hour driving radius. Instagram is usually my go-to when searching for local fun spots. If you just search through some hashtags and adventuring photographer’s feeds you’re bound to stumble across a number of things of interest! When it comes to hiking, I’ll usually take the next step in my research reconnaissance and google the trail or park and see what other hikers are saying about the conditions of the trails, difficulty, and whether or not it’s kid friendly. Continue reading “Fall Creek Falls State Park”

North Pole Express

North Pole Express

You know what’s great about snow days?? Aside from the obvious wintery wonderland that’s cast on everything around you? Getting caught up on your blog and doing some well-overdue spring cleaning on the site! You may have noticed a few new aesthetics and menu options here on LtL. Apparently blogs are just like people – they need some TLC, a little sprucing up and evolve over time (when you put the work in). ๐Ÿ˜‰ So for 2018 I’ve given her a few changes and additions that will hopefully be beneficial in the new year and you’ll find helpful in navigating the site! Continue reading “North Pole Express”

Auburn Iron Bowl

Auburn Iron Bowl

OH, Auburn. #letmecounttheways You have such a tender spot in my heart forever and always. I’ve known Auburn to be a special place for me for as long as I can remember. I was walking the campus grounds before I was able to walk, strapped to mom or dad or hopped on someone’s shoulders. Now, being a family myself I get to share this same special place with our B…and y’all, he’s hooked and my heart does a million putters when I see his face light up. *cue Auburn fight song (see Auburn video at the end of this post) Continue reading “Auburn Iron Bowl”

Birthday Day Trip in Chattanooga

Birthday Day Trip in Chattanooga

From a busy summer to a busy fall, The Cott house has been on a roll y’all!! Weโ€™ve had so many fun visitors and outings I feel like I havenโ€™t even had a chance to get into a real swing of blogging since moving to TN. So, while B naps I have Elf (SANTA!!) in the background and the fire lit so I can sit and get caught up on life here in middle Tennessee.

Geoff jokes and always says I like to celebrate a birthday month…don’t be ridiculous. ** It’s no more than a few weeks – tops. But there’s always next year! #goals This year for my (actual) birthday I channeled my PNW-self and set out on an impromptu visit to Chattanooga with my partner in crime. I used to frequent the adventure lane in Washington…on a random week day I’d pack a few day trip essentials and B and I would be off to visit somewhere we’d never been. I’d heard so much about the charming city of Chattanooga so off we went! Continue reading “Birthday Day Trip in Chattanooga”

Family Hike to Machine Falls

Family Hike to Machine Falls

It happened, our first Tennessee hike! YAY! I’ve been dying to go since moving from the Pacific Northwest, and if y’all have been following along my LtL adventures for a while y’all know I found a sweet love affair with hiking out there. You can see some of my favorites here and here. Soon after we moved here I started in on my research of places to go and see. Machine Falls came up in myย new criteria of travel and hiking – less than 2 hour drive and less than 4 miles round trip. (Those 2+ hour drives and 4-6 miles hikes are long behind us, for now. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Momma’s not toting that 40 lbs of active toddlering no’mo.) Continue reading “Family Hike to Machine Falls”