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20

I wrote about 10 Places Where You Can Do Yoga with Goats! for USA Today 10Best.com. It was one of the most joyful experiences I’ve ever had. Just check out the photos!

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encore! our buick bucket list trip comes to an end :(

Buick Encore goodbye

After reading about our Buick Bucket List trip for the entire past week, you may be glad it’s ending. But we weren’t. [Read more…]

my buick bucket list trip: gaylord opryland, part 2

Opryland view from balcony

After a very filling night, we woke up to this view from the balcony of our Gaylord Opryland hotel room. [Read more…]

my buick bucket list trip: gaylord opryland, part 1

Opryland overview

Inside — yes, inside! — Opryland.

After leaving Parnassus Books and picking up some donuts for the road, we headed to Gaylord Opryland, which we had been looking forward to since the beginning of our Buick Bucket List trip.

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my buick bucket list trip: hurricane mills, tennessee?!

Hurricane Mills sign

Michael and I never thought we’d find ourselves in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee as part of our Buick Bucket List trip. In fact, the only reason we found it at all was thanks to the Encore’s GPS.

But, somehow, there we were, pulling into the Holiday Inn Express to spend the night in between our visits to the Elephant Sanctuary. It turned out to be a fantastic experience and made us realize how close-minded we’ve been about certain places.

And that, my friends, is what makes travel so awesome. [Read more…]

my buick bucket list trip: volunteering at the elephant sanctuary in tennessee

Elephant Sanctuary t-shirt

Now that we had learned all about Tara, Shirley, Tange, Flora, Sissy, Winkie, Misty, Minnie, Liz, Ronnie, Debbie, Billie and Frieda, we felt personally invested in their future and were eager to get back on the road in the morning to return to The Elephant Sanctuary for our volunteer day.  [Read more…]

my buick bucket list trip: the elephant sanctuary in tennessee

Lois at Elephant Sanctuary

Yesterday, I told you about arriving in Nashville for our amazing Buick Bucket List trip.

Well, The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee is about an hour and forty minutes away from Nashville so, after spending way less time at the Hermitage Hotel than we would have liked, we packed up the Encore, set the GPS and headed out to spend the morning with Education Manager Todd Montgomery and Communications & Marketing Manager Mary Beth Ikard. [Read more…]

my buick bucket list trip: day 1

Buick Encore - Hermitage

A couple of months ago, Buick offered to sponsor a “bucket list” trip for Michael and me – a gesture so generous, we realized the only way to properly express our gratitude was to pay it forward.

We went through the items on each of our bucket lists and pretty quickly decided to volunteer at the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee and spend a few days in Nashville. We had never been there before, and we thought this would be a great way to give back while getting a real taste of the South. (And, trust me, we took that “tasting” part seriously – and literally.)

This trip was so meaningful to me, it’s taken two months for me to process it enough to write about it. [Read more…]