Machine Falls Hike

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 my 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. 😉 Momma’s not toting that 40 lbs of active toddlering no’mo.)

So G had the day off for Veteran’s Day, which gave us the perfect excuse to make this hike happen! It was less than 2 hours south of us with an easy trail access. There was perfect terrain for fast little feet and sunny Fall weather leading us to the falls. It was strange at first with all the leaves on the ground covering the trail. I quickly realized we’d only hiked through trails of evergreen forests…AKA no leaves! Kind of a weird concept at first, especially being from the South! While the views were different and lacking the panoramic mountain top drama we were used to from Washington, it was still a beautiful day and the falls were totally worth the efforts.

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Tomorrow we are headed to Auburn for the Iron Bowl #wde We would usually head home for Thanksgiving, but this year we’re going to have a Friendsgiving then head down to the prettiest Plains on Earth.

From our family to yours, have a very Happy Thanksgiving! …and War Eagle!

Lemons to Love,

Lindsay

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Heybrook Lookout

So the countdown continues on LtL’s #8in8 bucket list as we near the end of our time here in the PNW. In my last post I started our official countdown, which you can read more about here! There is honestly so much I would love to do before I leave in few weeks,  but sadly there isn’t enough time or the season just isn’t right. Nonetheless, y’all know I’m gonna try my best to  go out with a BANG, in true LC style. 😉💥

This week’s #8in8 pick was to Heybrook Lookout, located up in the Central Cascades. There are tons of amazing fire lookouts here in the Pacific Northwest, all with some of the most amazing views, but most (that I’ve seen anyway) require quite the effort in reaching…at least more than I’m willing to put out with a toddler in tow.😉 So we chose this one because of it’s distance and trail ease…but mostly because I saw some pictures that once you reach the top of the tower there are birds that will fly up to you and eat right out of your hand!! 😱🕊 *insert photo opps galore here!*

Sadly, the birds were no where to be found, but our day spent exploring was just as memorable.  We let B out of the Ergo carrier to blaze his own trails, and blaze did he ever! It was sooo cute to see him climb, run, and waddle his way through the trail and up to our destination. *heart melts* It honestly felt pretty cool to see him love something on his own that Geoff and I so equally enjoy doing together. We brought our lunch picnic, and once we reached the tower we let it clear out a little, and sat under some trees to devour our well-deserved sandwich and chips.

Brooks has never met a stranger I don’t think…and his new thing is saying ‘share’ when he wants something someone’s else has. 😏 There was a mother/son duo at the top of the tower enjoying their lunch. B eyed an orange, then quickly gestured that he’d also like to enjoy by holding out his hand and saying ‘share.’ “No, B, that’s not how sharing works…” (although …it is cute, most of the time) 😁 We were on a bit of a time crunch so I could make it to a girls’ night out for martinis (because, balance), so we basically ran the entire way back down the trail. Or at least I tried. The trail was at a pretty steady decline the whole way, so by the end my quads were (quite literally) shaking…needless to say, three days later the soreness finally left the lower half of my body. 😅 #outofshape

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“Hoola hooping” 😀
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That’s all for the LtL #8in8 today!! We’ve got some fun things lined up in my last few weeks here I can’t wait to share!!

In the meantime…click that video montage below and enjoy yourself some live footage of B being adorable.📽 🤗👦🏼

Lemons to Love, ❤️

Lindsay

Mt Rainier, Naches Loop

Oops, I.did.it.again! It’s Mt. Rainier, y’all…and a little shameless Brit song for today’s throw back Thursday for my LtL readers! #cheesefactorhigh #teamBritforlife ✊🏼🤘🏼 Recently the boys and I went to the east side of Mt Rainier. We’ve only been one other time, and let me tell y’all…the east is the BEAST (shout out to my East coast fam). Remember our hike to Sunrise Point earlier this year? It’s a bit more of a drive, but this hike proved it is well worth the extra driving efforts to make it to the other side. Like, so worth it, y’all.👌🏼

The weather was something out of a hiker’s dream. With the PNW is full Fall mode, any and all partly-sunny days are something to be coveted…and this just exceeded that expectation. Even Geoff mentioned how this was also probably his favorite hike to date.

Check out this awesomeness that is Naches Loop, part of the Pacific Crest Trail.🏞🔆

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Trying out the snow! As I try not to twinge at the disgustingness that is going in his mouth.
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Here’s our video from the day’s hike! To check out more of our adventures, go to my YouTube channel and click subscribe!👇🏼📽

Thanks for reading, y’all!

Lemons to Love,🍋

Lindsay