Oh, The Places I Have Gone

Oh, The Places I Have Gone

In life, I have traveled to many places, and here are just a few photos from my travels.


I've been on many trips throughout my lifetime. At 21 years old, I've been to nine states, the District of Columbia, and several tropical islands. I love traveling, taking photographs, and meeting new people. Meeting people from different walks of life is probably my favorite part of traveling.

1. Grand Turk

I visited Grand Turk in the summer of 2018, and I was not disappointed. The snorkeling for a beginner such as myself was great. I saw squid, flounder, and even a submerged cannon. Grand Turk is also home to feral, friendly donkeys and cows that roam the city streets.

Grand Turk DocMolly Joiner

2. Little San Salvador (Half Moon Cay), Bahamas

My family took a cruise to the Bahamas in 2016, and it was amazing. You can really unleash your inner beach bum here with crystal clear water and horseback rides on the beach.

Half Moon CayMolly Joiner

3. Pursell Farms, Fayetteville, AL

Pursell Farms is a southern resort only 40 minutes south of Birmingham, Alabama. Pursell boasts a top-ranked golf course, horseback riding adventures, UTV rides, a spa, and amazing restaurants. I have the pleasure of leading horseback rides for guests here and have been able to take in the grandeur of Pursell.

My Coworker and I atop Sulfur Peak at Pursell Farms.Molly Joiner

4. St. Kitts, West Indies

St. Kitts is a beautiful island nation with a rich history and beautiful scenery. I had the opportunity to meet the people of St. Kitts in the summer of 2018, and it is by far my favorite destination.

Sugar Cane Farming RuinsMolly Joiner

5. Rule, TX

I had the privilege to visit an obscure town in rural Texas in December of 2018. Two friends and I loaded our horses and hauled out for a trip filled with riding and exploration. Besides enjoying AMAZING TexMex, we also found several awesome donut shops.

Me and my horse, Bonnie Blue in Rule, TX Molly Joiner

6. Gatlinburg, TN

Gatlinburg is a wonderland in Tennessee with amazing views of the Smokies. We have visited Gatlinburg a few times and seriously enjoyed every second of it. Between bear sightings on Anakeesta's peak and hiking to Grotto Falls, it was a trip like no other.

Tucker Eugene , my dog, at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Molly Joiner

7. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

San Juan is the birthplace of the Pina Colada and I believe it. I had the best Pina Colada of my life in a tiny cafe located in the back of a souvenir shop. San Juan is also home to two forts which are awesome places to visit if you're a history buff like me. Another great place to visit in San Juan is Señor Palletta, a homemade popsicle shop that serves the most delicious and unique flavors I've ever come across.

Castillo San Felipe Molly Joiner

8. St. Maarten, U.S. Virgin Islands

St. Maarten is one of the coolest islands I've visited the best thing about St. Maarten is by giving the island you patronage, you're helping them rebuild from the damage dealt with them by hurricane Irma. One of my favorite things to do when traveling in the United States and abroad is to meet with people and talk about their lives. Upon talking in depth with a cab driver in St. Maarten, he showed us damaged areas of the island and thanked us for choosing St. Maarten to vacation. He explained to us that tourism is a major and often only source of income for lower class families on the island, and by visiting and keeping restaurants, hotels, and cabs in business, we were putting food on the table for many local families. The trip really put into perspective how blessed we are to be able to travel and meet these amazing, strong individuals.

St. Maarten Molly Joiner

9. Savannah, GA

Wormsloe, Savannah, GA

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Savannah is a breathtaking city in Eastern Georgia known for its haunting history and Live Oak trees. There are amazing restaurants, tons of historical homes and cemeteries, and countless photo opportunities.

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To The Girl Who Hasn't Been Herself Lately

Your spark return, and you will shine like you were meant to.

Life gets tough. Life gets too much to handle sometimes, and those times make you stronger. However, right now, it seems like you have lost yourself.

It’s difficult when you catch yourself not being you. When you do something or act a certain way and just wonder, “what did I do to deserve this? Why is this happening? When will it get better?” The way you’re feeling is not so much that you’re unhappy, you just feel weird.

Your day will come. I promise you. This is just a phase.

The day you realize how much you have grown from this point in time will be your reward. It is so hard to see now, and I feel your pain.

Your light will return to you. Your pure bliss moments, they are seeking you. Your laughter where your tummy aches is in your reach.

Our moods change far too often for us as humans to understand why, but the encounters you make every day have this effect on us.

You must remember the pure happiness you experienced before your first heartbreak, before the first friend became someone you thought they weren’t, before you lost your innocence. That was a time of true joy as you had not a care in the world for the things that would harm you. Better yet, you didn’t have the option to experience them because you were just a child.

The world can be an ugly place, and your attitude towards life can change every day. One thing is for certain: you did not lose who you are internally. We all put on a face for the world. For the people who we try to impress. For the life we want to live. For the things we want to achieve.

Your definitive personality is still in the works. Believe it or not, it always will be. Times like this change us for the better even though we can’t see it.

Your happiness will return. You will be a better, stronger version of you. In fact, you will be the best version of you yet.

Once this phase is over, you will be okay. This I promise you.

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14 Kentucky Destinations To Visit This Summer

I'm in love with the history and beauty encompassing my old Kentucky home.


Kentucky has got to be one of the most notable states in the U.S. While it is most known for bourbon, horse races, and basketball, you can't deny the beauty of the history and nature that surrounds the state.

Kentucky natives often take for granted the importance of the locations that surround them. These destinations are easily accessible and should be noted a 'must visit' on your next day off.

For those who are travelers and are looking to tour the land of the "Bluegrass state," you won't regret making these KY places your next summer vacation destination.

1. Mammoth Cave National Park

mammoth cave

This park is open year-round with guided tours through the world's longest cave system. This cave is filled with tremendous caverns which are super cool to see, but the stories that are told about the cave through the tour make it an even more interesting experience.

Even if you decided to skip out on the cave tour, this national park is filled with other things to do. There are trails for hiking and biking, and they even have areas for various water activities.

2. Keeneland

keeneland racetrack

Keeneland is beautifully landscaped and located in the horse capital of the world.

While the best time to go is during racing season, I'd still recommend a tour of this famous horseracing arena.

3. Red River Gorge

red river gorge

Red River Gorge is home of the sandstone rock bridge known as the 'Natural Bridge,' and is also the perfect site for a camping experience. At the gorge, you are able to hike, bike, ride, and partake in a variety of other activities.

4. National Corvette Museum

corvette museum

Home to more than 80 models of America's sports car: the Corvette.

5. Cumberland Falls

Cumberland Falls

A huge waterfall that falls 60-feet before tumbling over sandstone bedding. It is truly a sight to see.

6. Ark Encounter

noah's ark

Located in Williamstown, KY is the massive, life-size ship made to resemble Noah's Ark. It is 3-stories tall with interactive exhibits to illustrate the biblical tale.

7. Louisville Slugger Baseball Museum

louisville slugger museum

Baseball, also known as America's favorite pastime.

Kentucky, also home of the Lousiville Slugger Baseball Museum and Factory.

8. Lincoln's childhood home

abraham lincoln's childhood home

Abraham Lincoln served as the 16th U.S. president. He was an important figure for many reasons, but most remembered for his Emancipation Proclamation speech that helped push toward the end of slavery, and his leadership of our nation through the Civil War.

9. Churchill Downs

churchill downs

Churchill Downs is another thoroughbred racetrack in Kentucky, most famous for hosting the Kentucky Derby. Tours are conducted by the Kentucky Derby Museum.

10.  Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

bernheim forest

Every year, Kentucky loses 50,000 acres due to land development. There are estimated to be over 3 million trees in Bernheim Forest, all of which are protected from development.

Today, Bernheim Forest is over 16,000 acres and will soon be celebrating its 90th "birthday" by revealing a new exhibit entitled "Forest Giants in a Giant Forest." These three massive sculptures, made of recycled wood are expected to withstand for at least 3 years.

11.  Berea Pinnacles

berea pinnacles

A hiking trail with a variety of difficulty levels, and a beautiful view at the end no matter how far you decided to travel.

12.  Woodford Reserve Distillery

woodford reserve distillery

Kentucky is famous for bourbon. So, why not take a tour of the oldest and smallest distillery in the state?

13.  The Kentucky State Capitol

ky state capitol

The KY state capitol is located in Frankfort, KY and is open to visitors/tours. Observe the areas where our chamber of the senate and house of representatives come together for the legislative process.

14.  My Old Kentucky Home State Park

federal hill mansion

Stephen Collins Foster wrote the famous composition 'My Old Kentucky Home, Good Night!' which is now known as our state song. Foster's imagery throughout the song was inspired by the house and the land surrounding what was once known as "Federal Hill." It was referred to as "My Old Kentucky Home" once the U.S. entered the Civil War.

Today, you can tour the home that was host to many famous individuals (Stephen Collins Foster, Henry Clay, Aaron Burr, and more) and the inspiration to a monumental tribute to Kentucky history.

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