Rocky Bluffs

Rocky Bluffs

Rocky Bluffs Trail is a 1.8 mile loop trail featuring two waterfalls in heavy rainfall. A shortcut trail turns the loop into less than a mile. The trail is located on the East side of Devil’s Kitchen Lake, past the spillway on Tacoma Road. The trail head has a small parking lot that can get full during the popular hiking times. This is one of the better maintained trails in Southern Illinois. It features foot bridges, stairs, benches, and clear…

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155 Doodled Flowers & Leaves

155 Doodled Flowers & Leaves

I love to doodle and flowers, leaves, and other foliage make the best subjects. Previously, I had compiled about 40 different types of flowers and leaves. This was used as a reference sheet whenever I needed ideas. Until my dog ate it. While recreating it, I realized how many more doodles I wanted to include. I ended up making 155 flower, leaves, berries, and sticks. These are doodled natural elements. They aren’t supposed to look the most realistic. I also…

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“The Wild Side” of Aruba

“The Wild Side” of Aruba

The West side of Aruba is populated with roads, towns, hotels, etc. The East side of Aruba is the opposite. There are no towns or hotels, for a section of the area there aren’t even roads. Those sections can only be accessed by four wheel drive jeeps that can power over the rocks. Before traveling to Aruba, we talked to different people who had vacationed here before. Some had taken jeep tours, some had done horse back rides through the…

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Tennessee and Georgia Road Trip

Tennessee and Georgia Road Trip

I’ll take about any excuse I have to travel. When my childhood friend invited me to her wedding by Atlanta, Georgia, we decided to road trip down through Tennessee and Georgia. If I had it my way, we would have spent four days in the Smokey Mountains hiking and maybe doing some white water rafting. Donovan, however, was coming too and he loves exploring new cities. So we compromised, two days hiking, two days in the city. Click on the links to…

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Chimney Tops Tennessee

Chimney Tops Tennessee

The Smokey Mountains have been on my to-see list for quite a while now. They’re just far enough away that I haven’t made it there. Our road trip through Tennessee and Georgia only included one day in the Gatlinburg area, but the Smokeys definitely left an impression! There are so many different trails in the Smokey Mountains that choosing was difficult. When it came down to it, I decided I wanted a hike with a view, since we had seen several waterfalls the…

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