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Who Are You? Reader Survey Results and Friday Facts

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Who Are You? Reader Survey Results and Friday Facts

Whooooo are you? Who who who who? Does anyone else have The Who stuck in their head now? Anybody? Nobody? Are you nobody too? Then there's a pair of us! Okay, quirky old references that Millennials won't get aside, I wanted to share some insights with you all from the reader survey! It was pretty fun seeing the results from the survey in terms of who is reading and what you want to see on the blog. In case you're curious, I've picked out a few interesting things that came up in the survey to share with you, so pull up a chair and let's chat!

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Appalachian Trail Memoir "A Walk for Sunshine" is a Cheerful Read for Hiking Enthusiasts

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Appalachian Trail Memoir "A Walk for Sunshine" is a Cheerful Read for Hiking Enthusiasts

Jeff Alt's memoir describes his thru-hike adventures and fundraising for Sunshine Communities

I've got to admit something to you all: as much as I love hiking and books I've actually read very few trail memoirs. Sure, I've read the basics like Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods and Cheryl Strayed's Wild, but that's about it (correction: that is it!), and even then those are hiking novels written by writers rather than memoirs written by hikers. So when Beaufort Books reached out to me to see if I'd be interested in reading Jeff Alt's A Walk for Sunshine I was eager to give it a chance.

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Bullhead Mountain

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Bullhead Mountain

Exploring trails at private mountain retreat in the snow

This recent snow from the "bomb cyclone" or whatever cute name we're supposed to call it calls to mind the trip McCrae and I made to Bullhead Mountain a few weeks ago. It had snowed a few days before we drove up to a small town outside Boone to stay at a mountain cabin owned by McCrae's uncle and aunt, and in the morning when we pulled on our warmest hats and coats the drifts lay deep in the mountain shadows.

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Top Posts of 2017

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Top Posts of 2017

2017: A Year in Review - Author favorites and reader favorites

So apparently it's kinda a thing to do a round-up post at the end of the year with your most popular posts. I don't know if it's humble-bragging or if it's to check the pulse of the blog and go, "wait a second...you all liked THESE posts?! Dang it, I'm in the wrong niche" or what, but it sounds fun so let's do this! Except I'm picky, so I'm going to first give you MY top favorite posts of 2017, and then we'll poll the audience and see how we do. Kinda like "The Newlyweds Game" but as blogger vs. audience! Who's ready for some round-ups?!

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New Marketplace for Local Artists Opens In Downtown Hillsborough

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New Marketplace for Local Artists Opens In Downtown Hillsborough

New shop in Hillsborough provides a place for local artists and artisans 

Eno River Marketplace opened on June 30 in the midst of the Hillsborough Arts Council Last Friday Art Walk. Tucked into a historic downtown building the new shop features vintage and repurposed goods, handmade quilts, paintings, coloring books, custom coasters, terrariums, cards, and many more unique gifts.

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Friday Favorites: Sunflower Field

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Friday Favorites: Sunflower Field

Sunflower field along Neuse River Greenway is popular spot with locals

Summer always looks tired to me. By July all the leaves look spent and dry. The oak leaves droop depressedly and the canopy takes on a tinge of golden-orange as if it had been singed. Yellow. So much yellow. I heard about this sunflower field through a couple sources, so one afternoon after work Emily and I headed out to find that sunflower field. I picked up Ryder and we headed east, towards the Neuse River Greenway heading to Johnston County.

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