• 2017
  • Chimney Rock

    Since our Dachstein climbing experience, I’ve been itching to go hiking again. Ari and I had planned on heading into the North Carolina mountains awhile ago, but we just hadn’t had the time. This weekend we finally had a chance and picked Chimney Rock. We hit the road semi early to begin our hiking adventure, since it was about 2.5 hr drive!

    As we got out of the car, we felt the extreme heat and humidity, but we trekked along nevertheless.  Let me tell you, deciding to go hike in 98 degrees is no joke! Ari and I were drenched in sweat, but we were able to cool off in the mist of the waterfall. We continued our hike and made it to the top of Chimney Rock! (All I could think of at this point, was getting to our air-conditioned car as fast as possible)

    Ari and I enjoyed our hike, but will definitely hold off another hike till the temperature goes back down to the 70s.

    Chimney Rock

    Chimney Rock

    Chimney Rock

    Chimney Rock

    Chimney Rock

    Chimney Rock

    Chimney Rock

    Chimney Rock

    Chimney Rock

    Chimney Rock

    Chimney Rock

    Chimney Rock

    Chimney Rock

    Chimney Rock

    Chimney Rock

    Chimney Rock

    Any hiking spot recommendations?!

    XO

    If you want to read about our climbing experience in the Austrian Alps click here!

    For more information on Chimney Rock click here!

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  • 2017
  • Austria part 3

    Our last days in Austria:

    To read from the beginning of our trip click here!

    On Thursday, we went to a big shopping mall in Linz called Plus City. Unfortunately, I had no space in my suitcase for more stuff, so I essentially just window shopped, but Ari was able to find some clothes. As we walked along we came across a smoothie bar which also had homemade popsicles. To say they were delicious is an understatement. We both ate a kiwi, mango, raspberry one and have high hopes of recreating one ourselves! Ill keep you posted if we ever do make one 🙂

    Later we said our goodbyes to my mom’s parents, and visited a couple more family members. Finally we ended the night in a Beir Garten in Linz with my cousin Clemens. And Ari enjoyed his 5th schnitzel!

    Austria

    Austria

    Austria

    Austria

    Austria

    Austria

    On Friday, Ari and I got our things packed and then spent the remaining time in Linz relaxing. I indulged in my favorite berries and spent time with family. We ended the night heading to Vienna by train to visit my cousin.

    Austria

    Austria

    Austria

    Austria

    Our last day in Austria was spent touring Vienna. Ari and I were both dragging by this point in our vacation but still walked our butts off. Ill admit I was glad when it started pouring in the middle of the day, since it gave us an excuse to head back to my cousins house to just veg out. Needless to say our trip to Austria went EXTREMELY fast and since we were constantly on the move, I am ready for a another vacation.

    Austria

    Austria

    Austria

    Austria

    Austria

    Austria

    Hope you all are having a great summer!

    XO

    To read about all our travels click here!

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  • 2017
  • Dachstein, Hallstatt and Traunsee

    To begin reading from the beginning of our trip click here!

    Dachstein:

    The next day we headed into the mountains to hike! We picked Dachstein. Ari is a tad EXTREMELY scared of heights, so I chose a mt with wide trails. Ari and I took the mt lift to the top, so that we could enjoy the trails as opposed to hiking from the ground up. Once we were at the top we looked at a map of the various paths and decided to leave the “5 fingers” (a look out spot) till the end since it was only a 30 minute hike. We found a 3 hour trail and were off! Along the way I convinced Ari to go a detour path which was marked with the Austrian flag…. 1 hour of climbing later, we were standing in front of a cliff. Needless to say we turned around and hubby blabbered my ear off on how my idea was dumb. Lucky for me we hurried our butts back to the original path and made it just in time so we could go to the “5 fingers” before the last lift went back down the mountain.

    I’m proud to say Ari and I are still happily married after our 3 hour turned 7 hour hike 😉

    Dachstein

    Dachstein

    Dachstein

    Dachstein

    Dachstein

    Dachstein

    Dachstein

    Dachstein

    Dachstein

    Dachstein

    Dachstein

    By this time both of our legs felt like mush and we drove to Hallstatt. We rewarded ourselves with ice cream, walked through the little town and headed home.

    Hallstatt:

    Dachstein

    Dachstein

    Dachstein

    Dachstein

    Dachstein

    On our way home we drove past a Chinese restaurant, and due to my Chinese food obsession we naturally stopped, filled our bellies and continued on home. We took the scenic route home and stopped at Traunsee to walk around a bit (as if our legs hadn’t done enough walking, but the view was just too gorgeous not too)

    Traunsee:

    Dachstein

    Dachstein

    Dachstein

    Dachstein

    Dachstein

    Dachstein

    Stay tuned for more!

    XO

    To read about all our travels click here!

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