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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Gorge-ous waterfalls

So I did the math, y’all…and, as of last week I’m officially leaving the PNW in 8 weeks. EIGHT WEEKS! *gasp* I can’t believe it. I can’t believe a lot of things. I can’t believe we’ve been here for four years already. I can’t believe how much I’ve come to love things out here. I can’t believe it’s all coming to an end… Ya see, I left a piece of my heart back in the South, where my roots are, my family members are, and my lifelong friends are. But, I’ve realized as it’s quickly all coming to an end here…I’ll be leaving a piece of my heart here too. 💔😢*holds back tears* Seriously…but more on that later.

This post isn’t for the emo Lindsay, it’s for the ‘Let’s party like it’s 1999’ Lindsay! 🙌🏼🎉😎So, I’ve decided with my final 8 weeks here in the PN-dub I want to do 8 new things I haven’t done yet. I’m making a list and checking it twice.

First on the list, see more of the Gorge-ous waterfalls all along the Columbia River Gorge. Do y’all remember way back when, when I visited the area with my father-in-law (aka FIL)? We drove all around site-seeing the Oregon/Washington border and I really haven’t been back since to purposefully seek out more waterfalls along the old scenic highway. And since Geoff had a few extra days off this week, we took advantage and headed south. I’ve been a little under the weather this last week, so my creative photography pursuit was lacking slightly, but I was still able to capture a few moments with my loves as we explored our first on the 8 in 8 list.

1 of 8 – Starvation Creek Falls and Horsetail Falls

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Thanks so much for going along this journey with me!! 1 of 8 complete, 7 more to go! Do y’all have any suggestions of fun things you want me to explore?? Comment below with any fun ideas you might have…

Until next time!❤️

Lemons to Love,

Lindsay