6 Recommended Hikes For Spring Break If The Beach Isn't Your Thing

6 Recommended Hikes For Spring Break If The Beach Isn't Your Thing

Tie your shoes and get ready to travel.

When it starts getting warmer out, people begin to plan their beach trip or an adventure trip. Notably, high school and college students get super excited about it since they are the ones who deserve a peaceful break. Technology and adventure are a massive part of the life of modern youth.

Thus, these are top 6 highly recommended hikes for Spring break.

1. Mt. Colden via Avalanche Pass Trail, New York

Avalanche Pass Trail is about six and half hours from New Jersey located in upstate New York. Avalanche Pass trail is a loop, 13.4 miles long with an elevation of 2864 ft. Honestly speaking, it honestly looks like heaven. My friends and I thought it was indeed challenging, but doable.

Steep climbing from the Lake Colden to the peak is an excellent cardio exercise and also requires a considerable measure of concentration every further step you take. However, the gorgeous overlook from the summit is definitely worth the effort.

2. Appalachian Trail — Hawk Rock Overlook, Duncannon, PA

The Hawk Rock hike is about three hours from New Jersey and located near Hershey Park, Pennsylvania. Since Hawk Rock Overlook hike is a part of the Appalachian trail, you may continue further exploration once you reach the peak or you can come back through the same path. Hawk Rock is out and back, 1.6 miles long with an elevation of 685 ft.

You are probably going to find plenty of people during favorite season or weekends since it's closer to Hershey Park. It has a steep and rocky part somewhere in the middle of the hike, but you will be alright. Although it’s the rockiest trail I have ever seen, the spectacular overlook is breathtaking.

3. Stairway to Heaven Trail, Vernon, New Jersey

Don’t get super excited! It is not an original stairway to heaven. Stairway to Heaven trail is about two and half hours from New Jersey and is located around Wawayanda State Park, NJ. It is out and back, 2.9 miles long with an elevation of 892 ft. When you start walking on the trail, make sure your path is okay to walk on, instead of climbing on rocks because it’s little confusing.

If you love to climb rocks, you will get an opportunity to do so for a while, but you should be very careful since it’s notably steep. Don’t be surprised if you find steps made out of rocks. I want to tell you that you will appreciate this hike if you like taking selfies. You will be amazed at the view.

4. Upper Hawksbill Trail, Virginia

Upper Hawksbill trail is about five hours from New Jersey and located in Robertson, Virginia. Upper Hawksbill trail is out and back, 2.2 miles long with an elevation of 488 ft. During rainy or snowy weather, the trail is steep and slippery if you use the gravel path on your way down. Once you get to downhill before intersecting the fire road, you should take a right on the fire road which leads to the summit. You can feel free to ask rangers if you have any questions. You may find a little traffic since it’s not challenging hike. Overall, it’s a nice hike with a stunning, breathtaking view.

5. Old Rag Mountain Loop Trail, Virginia

Old Rag Mountain loop trail is about five hours from New Jersey located in northern Virginia. Old Rag trail is a loop, 9 miles long with an elevation of 2355 ft. Old Rag has a boulder scrambler section, which you may think is a real adventure. If you have acrophobia, a fear of height, then it might be little challenging, but this trip will help you to overcome your fears.

Being fooled by false summits can be annoying, but eventually, you will get to the final summit. You should be prepared for ups and downs in temperature since it has a high elevation gain. The outcropping of rock is vast, and it requires some climbing and scrambling but it surely worth the effort.

6. Alum Cave Trail, the Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

Alum Cave trail is about eleven hours from New Jersey located in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Alum Cave is an out and back, 10.3 miles long with an elevation of 2824 ft. The Great Smoky Mountains is one of my favorite hiking places because it has a gorgeous overlook with rocks carved by air and water. Also, the trail has a stream next to it half of the time. If you are a new hiker, then you might consider taking enough break as needed and should keep yourself hydrated. It’s long and little steep but comfortably doable. This hike definitely worth all the effort, so you should check it out.

These are just some of my particular recommendation of best hiking places on the east coast. You can also check out any other hikes you may like on the alltrails website, which is very convenient. By the time we have spring break, you'll enjoy adventures full of fun with friends. So why not hike a day? It might be challenging if you are a beginner, but these are tiny ones so you will get used to the feeling of it. I hope that you find this article helpful and have a safe trip! See you next week.
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Top 50 Things You'll Hear A Southern Say


For those of you who may need a little help understanding the slang of a southern, I made a list of the top 50 phrases and sayings, along with their translations.

1. Bless your heart.

My favorite saying. It is an empathetic phrase that is usually uttered when the speaker believes the recipient to be sweet, but misguided or stupid. It can also be used if the speaker believes the recipient needs to grow up and deal with it, when the speaker says it in a sarcastic tone.

2. Barking up the wrong tree.

Means being misguided or mistaken.

3. Aren't you precious?

Mostly this saying is used in a sarcastic tone in response to someone being offensive.

4. Britches.

Pants or underpants.

An example would be, "Your britches are too short, you can't wear those".

5. Coke.

Regardless if it's Dr. Pepper, Coca-Cola, or another carbonated beverage, it's called Coke here in the South.

6. Fixin' to.

Simply means that you are about to do something.

7. Get the short end of the stick.

This phrase means that you basically got an unfair deal or cheated out of something.

8. Give Me Some Sugar.

Simply means give me a kiss.

9. Hissy Fit.

A hissy fit is a grown-up version of a temper tantrum that is as bad as one that a toddler would throw.

10. Hold Your Horses.

Be patient.

11. Holler.

When you say "holler" you are basically letting the other person know something.

Example: Holler at me when you are ready to get something to eat.

12. If the creek don't rise.

This saying simply means that if nothing bad happens, everything will go as planned.

13. You're as slow as molasses in the wintertime.

This phrase means that you are being EXTRA slow.

14. Muddin'.

Off-road four-wheeler riding with the intentions of getting mud everywhere and possibly losing control.

15. Skat Cat.

A phrase that can be used instead of saying "God bless you" when you sneeze.

16. There's Not A Pot Too Crooked That A Lid Won't Fit.

There is someone for everyone.

17. Pitcher.

We mostly mean a plastic container that holds sweet tea, not the position of a guy on the baseball team.

18. Reckon.

When you say "I reckon", you believe that something is true.

19. Hoot With The Owls, Soar With The Eagles.

This simple phrase means that if you are going to stay up all night, you should be able to get early in the morning.

20. Too Big For Your Britches.

Simply means that you take yourself too seriously.

21. Stompin' Grounds.

Your hometown or where you grew up.

22. Back In The Day.

Back in the day could be a month ago, a year ago, or 20 years ago.

23. You're A Spitting Image Of (Insert Family Member).

Yes, I know I'm a spitting image of my mother. "Spitting image" simply means that you look just like someone.

24. "Darlin, Sugar, Sweetheart"

These words are simply terms of endearment.

25. Buggy.

A buggy is a cart/basket at the grocery store.

Example: Who wants to push the buggy?

26. Quit Crying Or I Will Give You Something To Cry About.

This phrase simply means to quit crying and if you didn't then more than likely you got a spanking,

27. Where You Raised In A Barn?

If you are from the South, you have probably been asked this more than once, especially when you left a door open.

28. Close The Door. You Are Letting All The Good Air Out.

This southern heat is nothing to play with. It simply means to keep the door closed so the air (or heat if its winter) stays inside.

29. You Are Going To Make Me Lose My Religion.

When you say this phrase to someone, it more than likely means that person has done something to irritate you or made you mad. Thank goodness Jesus saves.

Example: You are going to make me lose my religion.

30. You Look Like A Chicken With Your Head Cut Off.

This is said when you are running around like a crazy person. It can be said if you are looking for something that you are searching for or if you are just really busy.

31. Y'all.

The southern way to say "you all".

32. You Can't Carry A Tune In A Bucket.

If you've ever been told this, it means that you can't sing.

33. Have Their Feathers Ruffled.

You normally have your "feathers ruffled" when you are pouting.

34. Two Peas In A Pod.

When you and someone else are "two peas in a pod", it means that either you almost always together or that you two are almost identical in the way you think and do things.

35. Well Butter My Butt And Call Me A Biscuit.

This saying can be used when you are surprised or excited.

36. Don't Let The Door Hit Ya Where The Good Lord Split Ya.

When someone say this they typically mean to get out and don't let the door hit you on the way out.

37. You're As Good As Gold.

When you are "as good as gold", it means that you are well-behaved and obedient.

38. It's Raining Cats And Dogs Out There.

This simply means that the rain is really coming down hard. It's not actually raining cats and dogs, people.

39. I'm Full As A Tick.

This phrase means that you ate too much food.

40. I'm Sweating More Than A Sinner In Church.

When someone says this, it means that they are really hot and sweating A LOT.

41. Pot Calling The Kettle Black.

This phrase is used when one person is guilty of the very same thing of which they accuse another person.

42. There's More Than One Way To Skin A Cat.

It means that there is anyways more than one way to fix something.

43. Shut Yo' Mouth.

Means to be quiet or hush up.

44. Whatever Floats Your Boat.

This saying means to do whatever you want to do.

45. Slap Yo' Momma.

This phrase means that something is good.

Example: This BBQ is slap yo' momma good.

46. She's Like A Bull In A China Shop.

When you tell someone this phrase, you are telling them that they are clumsy or careless in the way that they move.

47. Cuttin' A Rug.

Cuttin' a rug is used to describe dancing.

Example: Let's go cut a rug tonight.

48. Clicker.

A clicker is another name for a TV remote.

49. Slow Your Roll.

This also means to be patient.

50. You're A Hot Mess.

When you tell someone that they are a "hot mess", you are simply telling them that they don't have it together.

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Things To Do in Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver is a big city with a booming night life and beautiful scenery.


I recently took a long weekend trip to Vancouver. Here are some things I did and some ideas and suggestions for those visiting the city for the first time.


You can't come to Metropolitan Vancouver and not go out for drinks at least one night. There are so many restaurants and cocktail lounges around the city, it would be a shame to neglect to try some Canadian alcohol. The first night I was in town, I went to Juniper Restaurant and Bar in Chinatown.

They had a wide selection of different mixed drinks, and I was impressed with the flavors of all the different cocktails I tried. Most restaurants around the city sell alcohol, so do some research and try the different alcohol selections in the different parts of the city.

The drinking age in Canada is 19, so it was strange for me to go out and order cocktails for myself. Some places ask for two forms of Government issued ID, so be prepared by bringing your Drivers License and passport.


The Roxy

During my time in the city, I never went to any clubs. My hotel was on the same block as several of the popular ones, and they seemed like a pretty big deal. I am used to the clubs in my college town, so I was not prepared to walk myself into a real uppity downtown club.

Some of them have dress codes and other rules so be sure to do some research before planning your whole night around being there. One down the block from my downtown hotel was called The Roxy Cabaret. I heard if you are wanting just one club to give you the full Vancouver experience, that was the one to try.


Granville Island Public Market Entrance

The most popular market in Vancouver is the Granville Island Public Market, very obviously located on Granville Island. The market has art galleries, the market itself which includes anything from artwork to fruits and meats, little shops, and restaurants.

There is a lot of entertainment there. Sometimes they host music festivals and other events during the summer, so expect to spend several hours there if you are wanting to get the full market experience.

During the summer, North Vancouver hosts The Shipyards Night Market. If you are wanting a taste of North Vancouver, including food, drinks, and culture, this is the summer event to go to. I ate some tasty Greek dessert and drank a sparkling vodka while listening to a live band. It was a great way to enjoy the beautiful evenings on the shore.

Whale Watching

Killer Whales

Vancouver is known for its beautiful landscapes and its salmon fishing. While I was there, we went whale watching in Steveston, British Columbia located right outside of Vancouver. During our 4 hour trip, we saw bald eagles, sea lions, killer whales, all with the backdrop of the beautiful North Shore Mountains.

Make sure to bring warm clothes and food. It was a really beautiful trip but the breeze from the fast-moving boat was a little chilly. It was also a long trip, so it was nice to have something to snack on to make sure I wouldn't get sea sick.


Vegetarian Poutine

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Vancouver is a cultural center. There are so many different people there from all over the world. The majority of the people I met there had accents because they were not originally from Canada.

That means the city is filled with every type of food you can think of. You can get anything from Thai to Italian to barbeque and everything in between. Look up different culture areas of the city and try new food in each one.

I also suggest trying Canadian food. Poutine especially. Poutine is simply french fries with brown gravy and cheese curds on it. There are even restaurants that just serve poutine, but spice it up with different toppings and such. The one I would always walk by was Mean Poutine that was located downtown. There was always a line out the door so it must be good!

Finally, Just Ask a Local

Vancouver residents obviously know the best things to do in the city. All the people I interacted with were extremely nice and helpful. I even had a waitress write down a whole list of places to go get the best cocktails around the city.

Do not be shy while you are there. Talk to your waitress or the person helping you at the store. Ask them about the city and see where they think you should go. You never know a hidden treasure you may find or an adventure you may experience because of their advice!

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