Cross Country USA!

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Cross Country USA!

We leave our home in Asheville, North Carolina in less than month to go cross country in our 1976 Chinook!

We're heading north to Washington, DC to photograph a wedding and then headed west!

Destinations include:

Cleveland, Ohio
Madison, WI
Sioux Falls, SD
Mount Rushmore
Badlands National Park
Bighorn National Forest
Yellowstone National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Missoula, Montana
Glacier National Park
Spokane, Washington
Seattle, Washington
Mount Rainier National Park
Olympic National Park
Portland, Oregon
Eugene, Oregon
Willamette Valley, Oregon
Redwood National Park
Lassen Valley National Park
Eureka, California
Humboldt, California
San Francisco, California
Yosemite National Park
Big Sur, California
Pinnnacles National Park
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Death Valley National Park
Las Vegas, Nevada

We're flying out of Las Vegas on the 22nd of December to go our separate ways for the holidays and then we'll meet back up there to continue the journey!

Are you near any of these places? Do you have any tips or recommendations for us? We'd love to hear comments and suggestions about road tripping, van life, national parks, the west coast ... whatever you feel like we should know! 

Hope to see old friends and make a bunch of new ones on this trip! Let us know if you're around - we'd love to hang, even if you only have time for a cup of coffee or a beer.

E & C

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#AshevilleInstameet

#AshevilleInstameet

Thanks so much to everyone that came out to the #AshevilleInstameet last night. When I looked around the room I could hardly believe my eyes that so many people were there - it gave me goosebumps. It was a lot of fun meeting new people and getting to hang with friends.

Thanks also to the @historic_cotton_mill_studios @wedgebrewing @cylonboy @daidalaciders and Joseph Pearson for your support with the event! We’re super psyched to announce that @adventureavl and @taylorheeryphoto are the winners of the BLACKRAPID camera straps, courtesy of #HCMS.

Also, as you start to go through your pictures, remember to use the hashtag so everyone can see what you created!

With all that said in the spirit of #communityfirst, I’d like to open up the conversation on ways we can improve our event, since without you, it wouldn’t even exist, it would just be me and C walking around shooting pictures, which though we love doing and we do it often, wouldn’t exactly be an Instameet. Feel free to leave your ideas or questions below or even DM us if you want to leave some private feedback.

As for the next one - it’ll probably be sometime in late winter/early spring. We’ll announce it here about a month out from the event.

Road Trip Itinerary, Part I

Road Trip Itinerary, Part I

Been hunched over the atlas the last couple of days trying to nail down the route for our cross country adventure. We leave in five weeks! So far it's Asheville-DC-Cleveland-Madison-Sioux Falls-The Badlands-Mount Rushmore-Yellowstone NP-Grand Teton NP-Missoula-Glacier NP-Spokane-Seattle-Mt. Rainier NP-Olympic NP-Portland-Eugene-the Redwoods-Lassen NP-Eureka-San Francisco-Yosemite-Big Sur-Sequoia and Kings Canyon NP (pictured here)-Death Valley and then on to Las Vegas where we'll fly home to each of our families for the holidays. 
Any tips or suggestions for the places well be visiting in early winter?✨

On the Road Again

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On the Road Again

Can you call it #VanLife if you're technically in what the DMV calls a "house car?" I guess it's debatable because it's not even really a car, it's a camper built on a 1976 Toyota truck - go figure, right?

Anyway, we were going to sell her after our most recent trip up the coast this summer. We had one person come to take a look at her and even drove it around a little bit. I didn't realize I'd feel so sad at the thought of letting go! As things would have it, we've decided to keep her and are planning on hitting the road again in the middle of October!

Destination: North to Washington, DC and then west to as many National Parks as we can visit!

Along the way we're also hoping to make stops in Cleveland, Madison, Missoula, Bellingham, Eugene, Snohomish County, Portland, Seattle, the Willamette Valley, Eureka, Big Sur ... and at some point make our way to Las Vegas where we have plans to fly out to see our families for Christmas.

Any suggestions for us on things to see and do while we're out there?!

Erin & Caroline

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REI Asheville Photography Class

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REI Asheville Photography Class

We recently taught a class at the REI in Asheville called Basic to Better: How to Improve your Adventure Photos. It was only an hour and a half long so while we didn't get to teach everything we wanted to we did have some really good conversations about moving away from automatic and towards shooting manually. It was a lot of fun talking and teaching about something that I love so much. My favorite part, though, was when I got to just listen to what my friends were teaching about. I learned several new things from them and am so glad they were a part of it. We're already looking forward to the next one. Details to come!

 

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#AshevilleInstameet

#AshevilleInstameet

The #AshevilleInstameet is a group of Instagrammers that meet up to take photos and videos together. In the spirit of #communityfirst, this is a free event open to all ages and skill levels. It's a great opportunity to share tips and tricks with other community members in the area, and a good reason to get out and explore someplace new! 

Join us for the next one on Sunday, September 10th (NOT THE 3rd, we didn't realize it was Labor Day Weekend!) at 6:30. We’ll be meeting at the Historic Cotton Mill Studios and exploring parts of the River Arts District. The walkabout will end at the Wedge Brewery. 

Two lucky participants will win a new camera strap, courtesy of our friends at The Historic Cotton Mill! Follow along and/or share with a friend!

#AshevilleInstameet #AuthenticAsheville

Dawn Patrol

Dawn Patrol

I used to get up really early to paddle out before the sun came up so I could get a few waves to myself before it got loud and crowded. These days I live several hours from the ocean so I get my stoke from going up high. The mountains are pretty amazing and definitely still worth getting up for. This is a shot from last week when Caroline and I drove up to Craggy Pinnacle on the Blue Ridge Parkway. (Check out the link and info on Craggy by our friends at Asheville Trails!

Have you been there? If so, what hikes have you done? It's one of my favorite places to go in all of Western North Carolina and only about 25 minutes from where we live in Asheville. 

HISTORIC COTTON MILL STUDIOS - ASHEVILLE

HISTORIC COTTON MILL STUDIOS - ASHEVILLE

On Monday, we went out to the Historic Cotton Mill Studios in the River Arts District to shoot some photos of the space. We had literally been in town for less than 24 hours but we hit the ground running. I had a great time exploring the old building and even got up on the rooftop! I'm really excited to see what the new owners are going to do with the building and am thrilled to partner with them for the next #AshevilleInstameet!

Thanks, as always, for the read.

Authentic Asheville

Photo Shoot in New Hampshire!

Photo Shoot in New Hampshire!

Caroline and I spent a little over a month on the road doing some travel blog writing and photography for Local Adventurer. We left Asheville at the end of May and got home yesterday! Our little 1976 Chinook took us from Western North Carolina all the way up to Canada. (More on that later.) 

This here is a sneak peak at a photo shoot we did during the road trip at Orchard Hill Bakery, a place Caroline interned at many years ago. We're excited to get the gallery finished up.

Authentic Asheville

Travels with Maybelle

Travels with Maybelle

This post is sponsored by Radisson RED but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

If you have a pet and are looking for new bedding, click here and read below:

Caroline and I went to Edisto Beach, South Carolina two weeks ago and camped with our dog for the very first time. Luckily it was a four person tent and the weather for the most part cooperated. But if you’ve done this before you probably know that no one really sleeps that well with a pup in the tent. By the third night we had a pretty good routine but still … dog breath and hair in a tiny little nylon cell can make for a long night.

Next time we’re going to stay at a pet friendly hotel like the Radisson RED. They have a super-friendly pet policy so you don’t have to sacrifice style and comfort in order for the whole family to travel. Because if you’re like us, your pets are family and will go wherever you go.

Do you travel with pets? If so, what are your best tips for making it a successful trip? We would love to hear from you!

#BAXTERTRAVELS #CONTEST

Love, 

Maybelle and Authentic Asheville

Beijing and Beyond

Beijing and Beyond

On assignment for Local Adventurer in Beijing, China!

Asheville

Asheville

You guys! We're so pleased to announce that we have begun doing work for one of the top travel blogs around, Local Adventurer! So far we've had the chance to contribute two pieces for them, 9 Unique Things to Do at Urban National Parks and 101 Things to Do in Asheville and we have a few more in the works!

Lately we've been hunting down photos of food to report back on the Ultimate Food Bucket List for Asheville. Curious to see who made the list? We'll give you a hint about one of the places: it's represented here in this photo and has been visited by President Obama and the First Lady. 

Oh! And last but not least, we're headed to China on Tuesday, also for Local Adventurer, this time reporting back on Traditional Chinese Medicine as it is practiced in Beijing. It's not an understatement to say we are over the moon about this trip - it will be the first time for both of us to China!

Want to come along for the ride? Be sure to follow Local Adventurer on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Thanks,

Authentic Asheville

#FindYourPark

#FindYourPark

I think that people give up on their dreams because the reality of living them out and working to see them come true involves staying the course and being brave during times of doubt. When the steady paycheck you'd come to rely on stops coming in, will you turn back or keep pushing forward? It's not enough to just hold on. You've got to dig down deep to that hard place within yourself that says I will not give up. Yet without a very strong sense of purpose or solid belief in yourself then there's a good chance you'll never even get out of the gate. Because it's scary. Sometimes it can be downright terrifying. But I think that if you surround yourself with people who believe both in what you're doing and who you are, then you can make it. No one else can carry you to the oasis, you have to do that yourself. But they sure can help you rise to your feet after a setback. Or wipe the tears off your face after a disappointment. I am so thankful for the many invisible hands that have held my own as I walk that tightrope of self - discovery while chasing down my dream. I hope to someday be able to return the favor. 

With gratitude,

Erin

#AshevilleInstameet

#AshevilleInstameet

Hey y'all! I'm really excited to announce that I've joined forces with some of the best photographers and social media influencers in Asheville. We've organized a creative walk-about downtown, so mark your calendars for Saturday, November 12. We'll be meeting in Pack Square Park at 9am and exploring some of our city's best spots. The theme is In-Motion so start thinking about ideas. (Some of our personal favorites are jumpstagrams and stride-bys. I will feature some of the best shots from the tour on my own account.) Oh, and you want to know the best part? Everyone is welcome and the event is totally free. Friendly fur babies are invited too but please be aware that animals might not be able to go into some locations. If you have any questions, please reach out to us! 
#ashevilleinstameet #ashevilleigers  #authenticasheville #communityfirst

@e.mcgrady @carolineperdue @_chelsealane_ @ameliafletcherphoto @kimwishcamper @rorris @sarajanecase

overland expo

overland expo

Tomorrow, Saturday, October 8th, we’ll be at the Overland Expo at the Biltmore Estate (1 Lodge Street, Asheville, North Carolina 28803).

Hours: Friday October 7, 9-5 // Saturday October 8, 8-5 // Sunday October 9, 8-3

There are 125+ Exhibitors, 140 classes and programs and 120 Instructors and Presenters from around the world on site.

We’re particularly excited about the evening films that will be showing and plan to be at the theater Saturday night at 8pm to watch the debut of Operation Moto Dog: The Film about Mallory Paige and her pooch Baylor.

Well wait, what IS overlanding? It’s a self-reliant overland travel to remote destinations where the journey is the principal goal. It’s the fastest-growing vehicle/adventure travel market out there. It’s about exploring, not conquering. This event is a trade, educational and social event for the rapidly growing overloading market!

For more information go to www.overlandexpo.com

#FindYourPark

#FindYourPark

I am so honored to be a part of this year's National Park Foundation's #FindYourPark Expedition (#FYPx). In two days I fly to San Francisco! We are to spend a few days days in the bay area touring Alcatraz, Ghirardelli Square, John Muir Historic Site and even the San Francisco Maritime Museum. I'm particularly excited to shoot photos near the Golden Gate Bridge.

Later on in the week we head towards Yosemite! This photos was taken from Tunnel View and is one of my favorite places in the entire world. I visited it first with my family when I was fourteen and then went back last summer on a cross-country road trip. I am so excited to go back! 

Thank you to our sponsors Subaru, REI, Aramark and Columbia Sportswear for making this trip possible.

Hole doughnuts

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Hole doughnuts

Have you ever watched someone do something they’re really, really good at? I mean not just proficient, but someone who is really skilled at their craft? It could be anything … playing the piano, painting, cutting hair … it doesn’t really matter what the action is but the elements of excellence are always the same: an efficiency of movement, a command of space, a mastery of tools, a confidence in themselves and always, always a dedication to standards that the untrained eye might miss but that they hold themselves too nonetheless. All of these are earned through countless hours of practice and they cannot be faked.

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