Played this song the other night while we were drinking. Turns out, it kinda stuck with me! So I decided to hash out a quick preview of it. I plan to complete the song, but here's a little sneak peak in the meantime.
So while I'm spending time working on how to write out the entire 8,000 mile adventure we recently went on, I figured I'd make a quick post about where I find inspiration and where I enjoy looking to for travel related ideas and other aspects such as finding good gear to hike with!
Nomadic Matt aka Matt Nepnes
Alex Chacon - The Modern Motorcycle Diaries
Alex caught my interest after seeing some of his videos on YouTube. He's an expert traveler and even better yet, we share a passion for riding motorcycles. I enjoy Alex's site and videos as he provides a lot of content and information on how to pack for minimal yet functional traveling. After all, he is traveling with few bags on a motorcycle with enough gear to work on his bikes as he travels. I also enjoy his use of technology as he has all kinds of cool videos, pictures, and even some 360 pictures! Alex has literally been all over the world and if you like motorcycle riding, minimalism, photography, or travel, I'd highly suggest checking out either his site or YouTube channel.
The Naked Traveler - Tyson Mayer
I like to follow along on Tyson's travels as he leads a pretty interesting life. Yes, we all cannot travel the world making $100,000 a year between winning contests or sponsorship's, but he provides a lot of really good content. Mostly just videos on his YouTube channel, however they give insights into places to visit and things to do along the way. Tyson's video blogs are a great way to get an idea of what some of the highlights are going to be while traveling or to just get a sneak peek into why people travel. Obviously, it's not all glamorous and gorgeous, but they glamorous aspects totally offset the hard and difficult parts!
NOMADS - Facebook Group
"NOMADS - A life of cheap/free travel" - As the title suggests, this a Facebook Group for those interested in adopting a nomadic lifestyle. The cool thing about this group is that it is the largest of it's kind on any social media platform, and it's completely international. I enjoy visiting this group often to view photos, see who in the world is talking about what travel wise, and otherwise just hang out with other like minded individuals. Sometimes in real life, other times only online! If you're looking for someone to travel with, have questions about an area, or are otherwise looking to connect with other travelers, I'd definitely suggest you go check this Facebook group out!
Other Miscellaneous Sites I Use
While Lonely Planet isn't really a blog, I do enjoy visiting it from time to time to get ideas about places to visit, what's going on in the traveling world, and otherwise to just browse and explore my travel interests in general. Here you can get an idea of different kinds of books, destinations, and other products that travels are often looking for. In general, this site is great for research, but it's easy to spend a lot of money there, so be aware of that! Ten, $10 books makes a quick $100 down the drain!
I love Reddit! Who doesn't? It's "The Front Page of the Internet" and there's a handful of Subreddit's I rather enjoy about traveling. Everything from hiking the Appalachian Trail to photography and more. Here's a handful of Subreddit's I enjoy visiting quite often!
Appalachian Trail: https://www.reddit.com/r/AppalachianTrail/
Earth Porn: https://www.reddit.com/r/EarthPorn/
*Sounds dirty, but it's just landscape photography
Eat Cheap & Healthy: https://www.reddit.com/r/EatCheapAndHealthy/
*While not designed specifically for traveling, it comes in handy for healthy travel meal ideas
I used this website all the time to find free dispersed and private camping all over the US on our 2016 trip! Since then, we've used it to get ideas of places to go visit and things to go do. I would highly suggest checking it out and if there's some free campsites near you, go check those out! In fact, we're planning a quick 24 hour trip here soon to check out one of many interesting free campsites around here.
This site makes for great day trip ideas. So far, we've added a Fairy Garden to our list, and a handful of waterfalls all over Georgia. If you've never spent time on this site, I'd definitely suggest checking out what's in your own backyard!
So that's about it, I hope you enjoyed reading over this post and I hope you found some cool places to spend some of your time on the internet! Be sure to keep an eye out for the super long post about our entire 8,000 mile road trip across the entire US! There's still so much to write about, pictures to organize, and work to get done to summarize it all. So until next time, travel safe and be well!
So recently, I've been working on my series of posts that will encompass our entire 2016 US Road Trip. It's going well, but long. I've already written three pages of content and have just barely gotten past the introduction and setup stuff. After that, there's 35 whole days where lots of interesting things happened... So least to say, I've got a lot of writing to do. But enough about work, this post is about play! We decided that we needed a quick adventure and so we ended up driving an hour and a half away to "The Hippy Hole".
The Hippy Hole is actually called Martha's Falls and is located in Alabama; just over the Georgia - Alabama State Line. It's nicknamed the Hippy Hole as the swim hole tends to attract a lot of visitors, mostly adventurous and friendly folks who are just out to have a good time. You can park up the street at Demoines Falls where there is an overlook of the 80ft waterfall that feeds into the Hippy Hole, or you can park down the street and have a 0.2 mile hike to, "the best swimming in the whole area" - As quoted by a friendly old park ranger we met.
If you park at Martha Falls, be sure you are good with walking up and down stairs as there is a rock staircase that transcends about two or three flights. After my recent knee injury in the Redwoods, I've been a bit iffy about stairs, but this really wasn't too bad.
Once you get out to the swim hole, there's a lot of different areas you can go. If you head right after you exit the trail, you'll head up stream and find quite a few little waterfalls and nice places to sit and chill out. If you head left, you'll head straight to the hippy hole. The rocks near water are all covered in moss and are very slick, so be sure to be careful around there. The terrain is mostly just large rocks that have fallen but are very fun to climb over and around. There's lots of natural rock shelves around too to stuff your bags in if it so happens to rain. Which, yes, it did rain on us.
But other than that, we laid out, jumped off rocks into deep water, chilled in a small water fall, climbed up a waterfall, met some really cool and friendly people, and I even got to spin a little staff out there! All in all, I'd highly suggest checking it out!
That's about it for the Hippy Hole! I'd really recommend visiting it and checking it out. Also, if you haven't stopped by the Facebook Page (Facebook.com/BobbyTaylorAdventures) or Instagram page (Instagram.com/BobbyTaylorAdventures) be sure to do so to get sneak previews of photos and content before I can upload it here to the blog! And also keep an eye out for the 2016 US Road Trip post series, it's going to have a lot of valuable content from safety, to budgeting, to Honda Element car modifications, to silly stories and lots and lots and lots of pictures!!!
Hello from Denver Colorado!
We arrived here last night rather late. It's been quite an adventure since the last update from Vegas! Since then we've visited Yosemite, Zion National Park, San Francisco, the Sierra National Forest, the Redwood National Forest, Crescent City California, Spoken Washington, Glacier National Park, Yellow Stone National Park, Teton National Forest, and are now currently in Denver Colorado. So far, we have definitely gone over our budget, but it's hard not to experience cities when in them. Being a budget traveler through New Orleans or Las Vegas didn't seem very reasonable. By that I mean, not going to shows, and otherwise really drinking in what the city has to offer. San Francisco was surprisingly affordable. We did Pier 39 where I ruined one of my shirts by placing my arm on the railing of the pier to get a photo, turns out there was a bunch of bird shit there that I didn't see. Then we camped for a few days in the Forests, which were mind blowing. While hiking through the Redwoods, I wound up injuring my knee. We had to take two days at "cheap motels" for me to recover. Essentially, we hiked too much with too much weight without proper hiking equipment... So... Injury ensued. From there we continued to the National Parks, Glacier and Yellowstone. While we were there, we saw so much wildlife and amazing views. We wound up finding quite a few really good campsites all throughout this leg of the journey. These produced amazing pictures and I can't wait to show you all. While up there, Kylie actually wound up getting a tidbit of altitude sickness. And after that we headed to Denver...
We're a bit crunched on time so, sorry if this update is quite short. But we were planning on staying in the Rocky Mountain National Park for the next two days. But the weather forecast is predicting it will rain for the next week, pretty much non-stop while we were planning to be there. So currently, we are sitting in my friend's dining room, looking at maps, destinations, and more. That's sure been one constant on the trip... Planning where and what we'll be doing right before we do it. It's been fun, it's been a literal adventure, and it's been amazing. I'll likely get a better chance to update a good bit more once we get back to Atlanta. We've been on the road now for about three weeks, maybe three and a half. Our adventure is almost over, and once it is we have a good bit of time to relax and recuperate! This whole trip, I've been brainstorming how to categorize and present our entire trip. So keep an eye out for that! Lots of words, pictures, topics, so much to cover... I'm really excited for it, and I hope you are too :)
Zion and the Desert!
Sierra National Forest!
Yosemite and Southern California!
Redwood National Forest - Nickel Creek!
Redwood Forest - Gold Bluffs Beach!
Glacier National Park!
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