A cabin in the bus

I loathed riding the school bus in high school, all the way up until I graduated. Seventeen-year-old me watched everyone in my grade pass me by in their own cars. But the bus Candra and I discovered in the North Carolina foothills is cool from the back to the front. 

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Candra and I have been volunteering at the Fulton County Animal Services, taking a dog out for the day. No cheeseburger treat this time, though. We took Khaleesi (cue the Game of Thrones theme) to Arabia Mountain near Lithonia, Georgia. I shot some footage of our hike using my phone coupled with a variable ND filter. It's pretty shaky. Walking on loose rocks is no easy task. Plus I was trying to keep up with a dog experiencing a sensory overload. Read about adoption here.

Corn on the horizon

Much like Illinois, Indiana is nothing but straight, flat roads and corn fields. But in-between those fields are small communities, like Kouts, Indiana, a town I visit once or twice a year to see my sister and brother-in-law. And now my niece. Last year, I had my camera and wandered down Main Street, which can be walked in 15 minutes.

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A clearing in the forest

Just ten miles of mountain roads can take an hour to travel. Even longer when you’re stuck behind another driver that’s terrified of traversing winding roads without guard rails. It’s best not to honk. They’re already on the edge (hah). So if there’s an opportunity to pull over to see what’s hiding behind the tree lines, you’d better take it to break the monotony of a forest. (Hover over images for captions)

A cabin in the Smokies

My 2003 Ford Explorer is that one person everyone knows: happy on the outside, but miserable inside. And for good reasons, too. Three out of four windows don't work and some asthmatic entity under the hood operates the air conditioning. It sounds powerful when it’s on full blast, but don’t let that roaring fan fool you. It doesn’t cool shit when temperatures surpass 85 degrees. 

So I told my friends, Andres and Candra, we’re definitely driving it to the cabin we rented near the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee.

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