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Photo by Amanda Leigh Smith for Born A Bad Seed
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Jessica Ilalaole left Hawaii at just 16 years old. Life on a little island in the middle of the Pacific can only hold so much adventure for a growing girl. Never having known anything but island life and starving to feed her passions and curiosities, Jessica said farewell to mom and dad and uprooted her life to Portland, Oregon. There she was introduced to a faster city pace and dove, head first, into its creative current.

With her new found freedom, Jessica pounced on the opportunity to unlock adventures that had not been available in her small island life. She began covering herself in tattoos, exploring on her motorcycle, and meeting people that were as interesting as the clothing and accessories they wore. She became more and more fascinated by vintage style. At the time, not knowing that something as small as a pair of earrings would make such a big impact on the direction of her path towards her successful, self-made jewelry collection, CobraCult.

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“I had bought a pair of vintage earrings that brought me such happiness…until I lost one. I could not bring myself to throw out the heirloom quality one lonely stud I was left with. So, I decided to make a replacement. From that moment on, friends started asking me to make them pieces and I was thrilled. I was having fun and bringing in some extra income, but I wanted to do more. So, I took my first metalsmith class and quickly decided to pursue jewelry making full-time.”

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Jessica felt like the noise of the city was not the setting she needed to begin this venture. Knowing that in order to produce her best work, she would need to reconnect with the raw nature of her roots. She decided to move to a setting that could fuel her creative direction.

“I quit my job, broke up with my boyfriend, left Portland, and moved into a cabin in Hayfork, California where I have made jewelry for the last nine years. Not one single regret about it. I’ve never felt a stronger connection to nature than in this place. I’ve got the coast on one side, Redwoods on the other, and the mountains and I are in the middle.”

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For Jessica, it’s the perfect place to tether herself to the familiar wonders of nature she once played in as a child; without returning to the isolation of an island in the Pacific. She harnesses the passion she feels in this place to produce pieces of jewelry so special, that they will be able to be passed down and enjoyed for years to come. Just like an antique.

“When I was digging around through an antique shop just this morning I began to contemplate how all these treasures were made by hand, with intent. Everything was meant to last a lifetime and that’s what I am out to accomplish with CobraCult. I am not about creating pieces that are just some fleeting fashion trend. I want you to pass my jewelry down like heirlooms.

To attain that long lasting quality she is looking for, Jessica leans heavily on the social community of Instagram to purchase American mined turquoise from New Mexico, Colorado, and Arizona to compliment her collections.

“I purchase these certified American mined stones from the online jewelry community of stonecutters because it’s the only way to access these incredible stones from where I live. Although it is nice when I do travel around the West to pick up some stones along the trail. When it is time to begin a piece, I examine the stone first. It speaks to me. Then I find the best way to show it off in a frame of sterling silver.”

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When she is ready to go into her creative zone, she walks into her cabin workshop and meditates on the pieces. The entire place is reflective of her nature and animal influences. Deer graze in the shade of the cabin, her hammock stretches out welcomingly between two towering pines, water splashes over rocks in the stream beside her, and the mountains reach the highest peaks over yonder. She tends to the flame of her wood burning stove, and gets to work.

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When she isn’t tucked away in her cabin, she spends her time on a horse ranch or rehabilitating wild birds.

“I’ve been working with the folks of the Shasta Valley Wildlife Rehabilitation Center to help injured hawks, owls, and eagles regain strength to fly again,” explains Jessica. “I wasn’t introduced to these birds living in Hawaii and now I am obsessed. The power and focus in big birds like eagles is relatable to me. In my next life I’d like to be one. I’m wildly connected to birds which is why I often feature them in my designs.”

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To all the folks out there worried if their passion won’t feed them and keep the bill collectors off their case. Jessica has this to say:

“Look, I never saw this picture for my life. I started this journey without trying and everything as fallen into play so beautifully. Believe in your craft and never lose your curiosity. Feed your happiness and starve your fears. The world needs more passionate people who aren’t afraid to fly.”

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What artisans do you admire? Do you make something unique like Jessica? Tell us about it in the comments below

 

 

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LEFT: Kancamagus Highway. Photo by @heyomayo. RIGHT: Lincoln, NH. Photo by @roadmapsandsnaps

Reconnecting with the road.

You won’t find cell reception, restaurants, gas stations, or other amenities along the Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire. Zero.The Kancamagus Highway runs between the small train towns of Lincoln and Conway and in the fall puts on the best show of golden yellow and fiery red foliage in the whole country. Flocks of us descend every year for the fabled autumnal display. But you know what comes with a reputation like that?  Crowds. And if crowds aren’t on your “favorites” list, this region has something else to offer. . . so visit this summer.
While leaf peepers are trudging through the snow snapping selfies and balancing lattes behind a backdrop of yellow oaks, you’re going to be cooling off in waterfalls, camping in a national forest, and feeling the warm wind on your face from the seat of your bike until you find exactly the right spot and pull over for an impromptu picnic beneath a shady tree. 

 

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LEFT: Conway, NH. Photo by @wickedwitch1989 RIGHT: View from the highway. Photo by @nwmoore19
Carving through the 700,000 acres of protected, pristine trees of the White Mountains, ” the Kanc” has led free-spirited travelers to trails, waterfalls, and overlooks since 1959. This year it’s your turn to be one of them.Find yourself with this 34.5 mile stretch of road under your toes and you’ll have no choice but to surrender to nature, but you’ll be a better person for it. This highway has a lesson to teach, and it’s a class you don’t want to miss. We recommend you show up and bring an apple. (It will be an excellent snack later.)Grab your gear, a buddy, and unplug. Time for a respite from the headlines and maybe even a meal you can enjoy without first posting it on Instagram! Here’s a chance to reconnect with the nature along one of the great American two lane roads. Pick up a map at the Ranger Station and let’s go!
NOTE: No matter if you begin in Lincoln or Conway, expect to lose those last few reception bars after the first two miles.  Just nature’s way of removing distraction making it easier to focus on the mighty peaks of the White Mountains on your right and the rushing crystal waters of the Swift River on your left.

Hiking

You’re going to want to take your time on this highway. Plenty to see, so you are encouraged to pull off and explore when whenever the spirit moves you.  Start off by researching some trails along the way that are appropriate for your skill level. You’ve got 16 trails to choose from and they all snake through the White Mountain National Forest, offering incredible views of mountains, waterfalls, and more mountains. Don’t miss the Albany Covered Bridge and Boulder Loop Trail. Walk across the wood planks of this 1858 bridge and take your fishing pole. . . the Swift River below is full of mature trout and it’s a moderate/easy 2.8 mile round trip hike to get to them and back. Mount Chocorua Piper Trail is another great hike. The UNH Trail sends you up a 2,500 foot mountainside with incredible views, passing stands of specimen hardwoods all the way up. Oh, and poison ivy . . . lots of it . . . so don’t forget:  “Leaves of three, leave them be!

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LEFT: Hiking trail in the White Mountains. Photo via @alethiawilliamsphotography. MIDDLE: Mount Chocrua trail header. Photo via @dirtbag_luxury. RIGHT: River view of the Albany Covered Bridge. Photo via @lifeofaspectator.
Need a post-hike refresher? When was the last time you took a swim in a clear mountain pool? We can suggest a few . . .

Waterfalls

If you’re traveling from Conway towards Lincoln, there are many spots within the first 10 miles to pull off and wade into the cool waters of the Lower Falls.  Sabbaday Falls, less than a half mile from the highway, is a great stop, with warm, flat granite rocks perfect for a post-dip sunbath. For a bigger challenge before reaching the prize of a great swim, try hiking up to the 70-foot cascade of Champney Falls.  Just give yourself time – it’s good three hours there and back. The Rock Gorge is out there too, but please don’t try to swim in it.

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LEFT: Rocky Gorge at sunset. Photo by @tscolors. MIDDLE: The Basin. Photo by @amanda_jane. RIGHT: Champney Falls. Photo by @ajb_.

Toward the end of the day, how about heading for higher ground and watching a mountain sunset?

 Overlooks

Should you want to enjoy some food and a view, unpack a picnic at one of the scenic overlooks like Pemigewasset or Hancock and sit among the panoramas of  Mount Osceola and the Scar Ridge. And try not to miss the views at the Kancamguas Pass. At 2,860 feet, it’s the highest point of the highway. Raise a glass to the untouched wonder around you. It’s a beautiful thing.

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LEFT: Kancamagus Highway at night. Photo by @danspace77. RIGHT: Plenty of place to take in the mountainous views. Photo by @motorcyclingadventures.

If you aren’t ready to head back to civilization just yet, even with nightfall approaching, pull off the highway and pitch a tent at one of the campgrounds inside the White Mountain National Forest. Make a fire, roast some marshmallows, and enjoy the silence. With the closest light source more than 30 miles away, you better believe the stars will be on full display. So this year don’t wait for the fall colors or fight the like-minded hordes . . . travel the Kanc this summer and revive your soul in peace!

What road restored your soul? Share it with us in the comments below.

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The entire Living Lands & Waters fleet causing the river for their next cleanup location. Photo by @livinglandsandwaters

Cleaning Up the Rivers of America

Life on a two lane road is an unpredictable adventure. We can plan a trip down to the last detail, but there’s no anticipating who we’ll meet along the way or how the road will bend and turn as we go. Not to mention the possibility of running out of gas or cash, or needing to call upon the saving grace of a tow. Something the crew of Living Lands & Waters is hoping for right now.

Why are these people living on a trash barge?

“We are currently floating near St. Louis waiting for cargo barge to cruise by to tow us up the river!” exclaims Chad Pregracke, the founder of Living Lands & Waters, the largest river cleanup project in America. “We are hitchhikers with a big backpack.”

The backpack he is referencing is his fleet of five barges, two towboats, six workboats, two skid steers, and an excavator, all of which carry Chad and his crew of 13 2,300 miles up and down the Mississippi River, year round, where they clean up the litter inside and around the Big Muddy. Something Chad has been doing since he was 15 years old.

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LEFT: Living Lands & Waters founder, Chad Pregracke RIGHT: Crew member, John Bestrom. Photo by @livinglandsandwaters

“I grew up in East Moline, Illinois, spending summers as a commercial mussel diver with my brother. Diving the mighty river, I was surrounded by sand-covered oil drums, tires, refrigerators and other garbage that littered its floor. Once I realized I was swimming in garbage, I decided to rewrite the river’s reputation, and do it alone if I had to.”

Incredibly, he has never needed to. Chad’s one-man mission started a conversation that spread across the country and now includes the helping hands of more than 100,000 volunteers who have donned gloves and boots and joined him on the riverbanks.

“Before paved roads and railroads, goods and people arrived by boat,” explains Chad. “America’s waterways were and are still major transportation hubs building and propelling the country forward. With more than 17,000 miles of rivers weaving across America, every mile of water is worth protecting.”

Litter on the side of the river. Photos by @livinglandsandwaters
Litter on the side of the river. Photos by @livinglandsandwaters

When the crew isn’t busy organizing one of their thousands of river cleanups, they’re on board their 310-foot floating home. Let’s climb on board and show you around!

Welcome Aboard!

Built in 2011 in Kentucky, the solar-powered house barge has two bathrooms, seven bedrooms, two offices, a galley, a full basement, a classroom, and a 31,000-gallon water tank.

“More than 18 million people a day drink the Mississippi River water, ” shares Chad, “so we make sure that while we’re spending this much time trying to clean up the river, we aren’t  inadvertently adding to the problem. On board, you’ll see we’ve done a great job of recycling and reusing salvaged bits and pieces to build our home.”

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Classroom and galley on board. Photos by @livinglandsandwaters

There’s a cozy, silly, nature theme present throughout the vessel from the warm wooden floors and walls to the four dog dishes in the kitchen!) Photos of past river cleanups form an orderly line around the classroom walls passing under the large cattle horns that hold a very snazzy pair of white leather shoes. Above you, a fierce snapping turtle hangs over the kitchen table, ready to clean your plate for you when you’re done.

The entire barge is a Frankenstein boat with a support structure assembled from a flooded strip club, reclaimed barn tin and wood, recycled license plate awnings, reclaimed rebar, and old bridge girders. Along with the creative use of former river garbage, the barge design includes sustainable materials like the bamboo flooring covering the bathrooms, hallways and classroom, the eco-friendly concrete counter tops throughout, and Energy Star® appliances to handle preparation and clean-up of the most common shipboard meal — frozen pizzas.

“Life on board is fun and exciting,” proclaims Chad. “We have this amazing job that allows us to have a quick commute and lets us work outside at a job that produces immediate results. We love coming together at the end of the day around the kitchen table and talking about the people we met that day or strange things we pulled out of the water and then quickly jump back into our Netflix shows and card games. It’s all about keeping it chill on our unconventional setup.”

The house barge cruising along. Photo by @empoweractive
The house barge cruising along. Photo by @empoweractive

The best part of the house barge is the classroom. Complete with chairs, desks and a projector, the onboard teachers Megan Elgan and Michael Coyne-Logan have taught more than 10,000 students about river ecosystems and ecology restoration. (Michael actually quit his job as an 8th-grade history teacher and swapped a traditional classroom setting for a floating one. He has been on board for the last 10 years!)

“Getting the river clean and keeping it clean are two different things,” explains Chad. “We have to explain this to folks and remind them that their work is not done in a day. It takes a piece at a time, which is how the river got polluted in the first place. Michael and Meghan are education rock stars, teaching this to everyone – young and old – on board.”

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Thousands of tires pulled from below the water fill up the corps barge attached to the house barge. Photo by @livinglandsandwaters

The crew comes from all sorts of different backgrounds— professional disc golfers, college grads, former dental hygienists, handymen, bakers, etc. When united they form the ultimate river cleanup machine, but it never feels like work.

“It’s like living on a cruise ship,” says Chad. “When the boat docks, we jump off and go explore the mainland. We take the time to explore the green spaces and the downtowns, to pick up dog food and toilet paper, to organize local citizens for a river cleanup, and then return to the boat when it’s time to move along to the next port.”

If these folks sound like your kind of company, there are a few ways you can help them reach their goal of recycling one million pounds by the end of 2017.

How can you join the crew? 

Show up!” exclaims Chad. “We keep things light during river cleanups with skits, contests for the strangest thing pulled out of the water, karaoke, loud music, motivational speeches… it’s incredibly entertaining.”

Chad and his crew aren’t just sticking to the Mississippi. Living Lands & Waters has cleaned up 23 rivers in 20 states and they are always looking for volunteers along the way. Everyone from churches, businesses, families, and students looking for an alternative spring break option for next year is encouraged to sign up. More than 100,000 volunteers have helped pull bowling balls, evidence from robberies, sunken boats, and school bus roofs from the water. But there is always a need for more hands, and all ages are welcome!

Mike, volunteers, the Living Lands & Waters crew clean up the Mississippi River
Mike, volunteers, the Living Lands & Waters crew clean up the Mississippi River

“The communities we’ve visited and worked with have done a great job of keeping their section clean long after we’ve gone,” explains Chad. “Because of that, we don’t ever have to visit the same place twice, and that makes it easy to expand our outreach, share our passion, and educate new people every day. We promise you a good time out there while doing a good deed for the environment.”

Get involved with Living Lands & Waters and follow them on Facebook to find out when Chad and the gang will be floating by your town!

 

 

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Ghost sign on Mike’s building in Columbia TN

The comeback of nostalgic advertising in small town USA

Have you ever caught yourself trying to decipher a ghost sign?

You know — those extra large, faded advertisements for brands like Mail Pouch Chewing Tobacco and Coca-Cola you see flaking off the side of brick buildings and barns? That art you’re admiring is actually a major piece of American advertising history known as ghost signs– the remains of a hand-painted brick ad that was big enough to catch the attention of travelers and consumers alike to buy American products like King Midas Flour, Maxwell Coffee, and Owl Cigars.

Painted decades before the Great Depression, brick ads were considered the main advertising platform beginning in 1890. (The same year W B Purvis submitted his patent for the fountain pen.) But, whoever’s steady hand was behind these sky-high signs surely used something stronger than a delicate fountain pen to bring them to life. It took lead paint, brushes, and the grit of the All-American Walldog.

LEFT: Vernor's ginger ale ghost sign in Detroit. Photo by @bealebo RIGHT: Trenton China Pottery in Old City, Philadelphia photo by @danehorvath
LEFT: Vernor’s ginger ale ghost sign in Detroit. Photo by @bealebo RIGHT: Trenton China Pottery in Old City, Philadelphia photo by @danehorvath

It’s an appropriate nickname given to the uncredited, commissioned artists who worked like dogs under the scorching sun and against the frigid air for 10 hours a day. Tethered to their canvas high above the ground, the painters dangled off the side of the building balancing their brushes and buckets of paint. Wall. Dogs. Makes sense right? Their flawless paint strokes produced the brick ads we see today up until the 1960s when neon signs became more relevant. It has been about 100 years since this advertising style was relevant, but folks like Scott Lindley are here to proclaim ghosts signs are back from the dead.

LEFT: Scott Lindley and fellow Walldog. RIGHT: Community of Danville, IL showing up to paint a brick ad in their town. Photo credit Scott Lindley
LEFT: Scott Lindley and fellow Walldog. RIGHT: Community of Danville, IL showing up to paint a brick ad in their town. Photo credit Scott Lindley

In a century bombarded with flashy emblements, pop-up ads, and commercials, brush-to-brick advertising is making a comeback thanks an organization called The Walldogs. As its event coordinator and a decade-long Walldog himself, Scott’s mission is to help get The Walldogs work again by painting the unique history of small towns across America one wall at a time. Scott’s goal turned reality by Nancy Bennett, who organized the very first Walldogs meet up in Allerton, Iowa in 1993.

“Walldogs are above everything else, storytellers,” proclaims Scott. “We say that the first Walldog was a caveman. Just sitting there in his cave painting on the wall the events of his day. The Caveman started this movement of painting pictures of the past!”

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LEFT: Walldog paints a sign in Arcola, IL RIGHT: Walldog in training Bulter, PA Photo credit Scott Lindley

So far, more than 300 Walldogs have painted 548 brick ad murals in 26 towns across America and counting. Scott fulfills Walldog requests submitted from communities coast-to-coast that need a shot of life and have a story to share. Once a town is selected, The Walldogs dive into their history and begin to collaborate with the community on sign designs. The one rule they have: no commercial murals. Walldogs insist on only painting historic event murals and advertisements for businesses that don’t exist anymore but had a hand in the town’s history. When everything is ready to go, Scott makes a call to Nova Color, an American made long-lasting acrylic paint company in California, and they get to work.

 

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LEFT: Paint brushes ready to go RIGHT: Walldog goes to the sky Marshall, IL Photo credit Scott Lindley

“When we come to town, we average about 100 to 200 people per project,” explains Scott. “While many professional Walldogs are on site, there are loads of volunteers who want to be a part of the action, too. That means between seasoned Walldogs and untrained volunteers, art students, and more these murals showcase multiple influences and styles. It boosts confidence and turns folks into Walldog junkies after they dip their first brush.” 

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Star Fireworks Manufacturing Co. Created displays for Eisenhower, Carter, Reagan and William Wrigley. All made in Danville, IL Photo credit Scott Lindley

It’s interesting to see how the reputation of a Walldog has evolved because back in the early days they simply showed up, painted, and hitchhiked to the next town to earn their next paycheck. Today, it’s more of an honest investment and community project that brings pride to the people.

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A page of out of The Arcola Record sharing the news. Arcola, IL Photo credit Scott Lindley

“Over the years, these events have transformed into more of an education opportunity for folks,” says Scott. “People want to feel like they’re a part of it and we love that. We want to unite friends and neighbors using historic art as the bridge and it has proven to be long-lasting and uplifting.”

Today, brick ad advertising is being recognized for the nostalgia and historic value it adds to buildings and the community. Ever the eager bunch, the Walldogs are currently taking submissions for small towns looking to share their history one wall at a time. And it’s as easy as a Facebook message to Scott.

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Before he was a decorated war hero, Joe Ernst was a hero in another away. While working at a restaurant during the time of segregation, he was told to turn away a bus of African American people including Ella Fitzgerald, and refused. Photo credit Scott Lindley

“The best part about my job is establishing bonds and telling stories,” says Scott. ” It’s addictive because you want to hear them all! After working with a town, I consider myself a part of it. Proud to say that to this day I’ve helped organize 102 murals and that I belong to five communities all around the country and counting.”

Are brick ads making a return to your town or do you know where one is? Tell us about it in the comments below.

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Many of you saw our news about our very own Mike Wolfe being one of three guest editors of the southern focused magazine, Good Grit, the Heirloom issue. What does that mean exactly? Let us explain.

As a guest editor, you get to hand select the content and stories. Between this issues’s 169 pages, Mike and his two friends Garlan Gudger and Nick Dryden have put together an assortment of small town destinations to visit, recipes to try, and artisans you outta know all found below the Mason Dixie Line.

But even more than the strawberry BBQ sauce recipe found on page 98, the intent of the issue is to bring the focus on the physical memories you can touch. Something Mike brings forward in his professional career daily. With each piece he pulls from a barn, he holds a tangible connection to the past in his hands. For those of you who hold tight to hand-me-downs, personal treasures, and tell their stories, this issue is for you!

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We’d love you to have a copy of this magazine. Here’s how:

  • Order a single Heirloom copy
  • Pick up a copy in a store near you
  • Subscribe to the magazine and when you sign up for a six-month subscription to Good Grit, you’ll get the Heirloom issue featuring Mike for FREE while supplies last!

Important thing to mention: If you use the PROMO CODE: smile17 $10 of your subscription cost goes towards a nonprofit close to Mike’s heart, Operation Smile.

Enjoy!

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While you’re visiting our Nashville shop, be sure to check out our neighbors also located within Marathon Village – locally owned and all unique.

Bang Candy Company

The Bang Candy Company is a Nashville-based sugar-peddler specializing in whimsical confections. It is a magical, indulgent place where candy lovers bear no shame. Indulge yourself in the gourmet marshmallows half-dipped in Belgian chocolate, enliven drinks and desserts with delicious syrups.

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Vincent Peach

Vincent Peach aims to create a balance of casual elegance and sophisticated luxury through their handcrafted jewelry. Specializing in pearls, diamonds, and precious metals, they mix these elements with woven exotic leathers to give the collection a sense of captivating comfort. Don’t forget to get a glimpse of the in-house workshop where they design each piece by hand making yours exclusive to you.

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Jack Daniel’s General Store

The General Store offers customers a wide-ranging selection of specialty Jack Daniel’s products and gifts, including exclusive branded apparel and accessories and commemorative guitars. Being in Music City, they carry specialty products that connect the history of Jack Daniel to the music and culture of Nashville. No booze sold here, but plenty of watering holes around to quinch your thirst!

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Third Coast Comedy Club

Third Coast Comedy Club is the only comedy club in town for local comedy. And the only comedy club for all types of comedy (improv, sketch, stand-up, etc.). There’s comedy practically every night of the week with shows Wednesday-Sunday. Stop by the Green Room bar for food and drinks before, during, and after shows.

Grinder’s Switch Winery

5 family members. 7 acres of vineyards. 10 tons of grapes harvested and 10,000 gallons of wine produced last year alone. These folks are as serious about their wine as it sounds, yet they pair it with a ton of fun. Serving wine from Hickman County, Tennessee, ask Jodie and some of her fellow-winos to give you a taste of what Tennessee wine has to offer. Who doesn’t love a wine slushie after a long day of shopping?

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Boswell’s Music City Harley-Davidson Store

Boswell’s carries genuine Harley-Davidson apparel and accessories, as well as other official licensed products. Throughout the shop are personal photos that tell the story of the owners (they have had Harley dealerships since the 1950s!) and antique Harley memorabilia.

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Island Cowgirl

Island Cowgirl is a mix of unique, handmade, fun, and rustic things for everyone. The sign outside their door says “Cool Stuff Inside”… and the sign doesn’t lie. Much of their curated collection features local and regional artists and pieces like handmade metal animal sculptures, both funny and inspirational barn wood signs, birdhouse puzzles, metal laser cut city maps and state ornaments, as well as the Island Cowgirl brand of rugged and romantic inspirational jewelry.

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Safehouse Tattoo

Safehouse has six talented artists with styles ranging all over the tattoo spectrum. If you’re feeling wild, book an appointment ahead of time or you may have to settle for a t-shirt (designed by their artists naturally) as due to high demand, they are by appointment only.

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Screened Threads

A commercial screen printing business “in the back” with carefully selected vintage goods “in the front”, they have everything you need to bring home with you to remember Nashville. The hand-painted art is made by the owner’s daughter.

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D.Luxe Home 

Anytime we need a gift (or maybe just something for ourself… shhh!!) we love popping into D.Luxe. An industrial, glam, and kinda kooky home store you’ll find furniture, lighting, salvage finds, oddities, gifts, and art. And for all you Sun Record lovers, plenty of their licensed products too!

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Garage Coffee Company 

There’s something about Garage Coffee that invites you in and makes you want to stay a while. A down to earth spot to connect with your buddies and get your caffeine fix. Don’t miss their jalapeno corn muffins — we’re obsessed.

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Southern Engine Deli

A comfortable home-town deli with big city flavor — you won’t go home hungry. They serve hot and cold sandwiches including the famous SE Club… and yes we ate it after we photographed it! If you got your pooch with you, their outside seating is dog friendly!

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Brown Dog Market

Brown Dog is a family owned gift shop that carries many local artisan goods with a flair for the snarkier side of things. You never know what you’ll find as you treasure hunt in this little shop.

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Magnolia Goods 

Magnolia Goods is a curated space for children and their grown-ups. Specializing in small mom n’ pop brands from around the United States, they also have a few of the larger brands we all know and love from around the world. You will find everything from handmade children’s apparel to wooden hand crafted toys to small batch skincare items and locally crafted jewelry and leather goods. Community based events such as new baby classes, mom’s night out,  and hand dying workshops are also offered.

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Pure Nashville 
Pure Nashville is an all organic salon and spa. They have a team of creative people devoted to creating a toxin-free salon and spa experience. Their purpose is to spread awareness, educate and provide you with a space for self care. Several of us visit them regularly!

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Lorraine’s Boutique / Lorraine Frances Jewelry 

Full of women’s clothing ranging from fancy to subdued, the real gem – ok, pardon the pun, is the jewelry that is hand-crafted in the space. Many items, like bottle caps, watches, typewriter keys, guitar picks, and coins, are recycled and incorporated into their jewelry, proving that jewelry can be unique wearable art.

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Corsair Brewstillery

You might be asking yourself, “What’s a Brewstillery? Is it a brewery? Is it a distillery?” The answer is yes to both! Corsair’s original location focuses on high gravity beer within their malt whiskey program. Here’s what you’ll find: grain to glass story for beer and whiskey, paired tastings of experimental whiskey and unique beers, as well as beer cocktails and experimental whiskey shots. Tours are available.

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O Gallery

Across the street from us is O Galley – a fine art and gift shop that presents the artworks of Olga Alexeeva and other local artists, from paintings to wood to jewelry and photography. Whether you’re shopping for a big piece of art or a little souvenir – everyone can find something unique here, including painting classes!

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Greenbrier Distillery 

Take a stroll to the end of the street and go see the stunning Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery. After three years of research, planning and hard work, brothers Andy and Charlie Nelson re-formed the business that had closed exactly 100 years earlier in 1909 during Prohibition. With the spirit in their blood, Charlie and Andy followed their hearts and devoted their lives to resurrecting Nelson’s Green Brier Whiskey made the way their great-great-great grandfather did it. We love the story of this business and it’s history so don’t miss the tour.

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Marathon Music Works 

Originally built in the early 1900s, Marathon Music Works has been restored and adapted to produce a wide array of live music experiences and special events. The venue has hosted a wide range of artists from Garth Brooks to Chance The Rapper to EmmyLou Harris. Check out who’s playing on their website!

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Because well-behaved women rarely make history.

When was the last time you were brave? Was it when you tried a new dish for dinner or when you jumped off that waterfall last weekend? If you’re on the down side of courage these days, let these six fearless females inspire you. Without the benefit of fancy high-tech gear and environment-tested apparel we have today, these women earned their immortality by walking on the wings of planes as they flew through the sky and crossing teetering tightropes. They defined bravery and showed the boys that girls have grit too, and here they are — the lion-hearted women who changed our perspective female power with death-defying stunts and unheard-of acts of strength.

Gladys Ingle, the only female member of Hollywood’s 13 Black Cats aerial daredevil stunt troop

Gladys could fly with the guys, all 13 of them. In 1924, at just 26, she was initiated into Hollywood’s aerial daredevil men-only stunt group The 13 Black Cats. She proved her worth when she walked blindfolded on the wings of a Curtis JN-4 biplane as it flew over Los Angeles, and mastered midair archery from these planes! And no parachute for Gladys either, not until several deadly accidents resulted in a new 1927 law requiring these fate-tempters to wear them. Picture her the next time you’re on a plane snapping a traditional photo of the wing.

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Photo credit of San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Maria Spelterini, the only woman to cross the Niagara River Gorge on a tightrope

Maria “Spelterina” Spelterini had perfect balance. To prove it, she donned an elaborate costume and showed up at the lower suspension bridge on the Niagara River Gorge on July 8th, 1876.   Stepping onto a two-and-a-quarter-inch wire, the 23-year-old Italian “Signorina of the Niagara” made the trip look easy. She completed the walk a second time with her feet strapped to peach baskets. Her third walk, five days later, was done blindfolded, and three days after that she walked the wire with her ankles and wrists tied.

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RIGHT: Photo credit George E. Curtis LEFT: Photo credit C. Bierstadt

Zazel, the first human cannonball

Rossa Matila Richter, aka Zazel, literally flew into the room with a big boom. At just 14, she became the first human cannonball when, in 1877, she was shot from a spring-loaded cannon created by The Great Farini at London’s Royal Aquarium. The big bang and cloud of smoke produced by a perfectly timed firecracker awed audiences and fooled them into thinking she really had been shot from an actual cannon. Zazel later toured with and became a star attraction of the PT Barnum Circus, entertaining crowds of thousands as she shot across the sky.

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LEFT: Photo credit Comtesse DeSpair. RIGHT: Wikimedia Commons

May Wirth, circus Hall of Famer and equestrian daredevil

Tiny but mighty comes to mind when we think of May. Standing a mere five feet tall, she was strong enough to balance herself on the backs of cantering horses while doing forward and backward somersaults, and performing backward flips from one horse to the next in the Australian circus. She once even danced the Charleston on top of a trotting white horse!  At the early age of 10, she was scouted by Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey and Hagenbeck’s Circuses with whom she toured for 15 years. Her craft and passion earned her an induction into the Circus Hall of Fame in 1963 where she is forever enshrined as the greatest bareback rider who ever lived. You can understand Mike’s excitement when he picked one of her touring trunks on an episode of American Pickers.

 

 

Helen Gibson, the first Hollywood stuntwoman

This woman had a 50-year love affair with danger. After years of riding in rodeos, Helen Gibson, born Rose August Wenger, had developed the agility and strength she needed to succeed as Hollywood’s first stuntwoman. She made her name as the stunt double in the adventure series The Hazards of Helenand that led to a career in the movies. Poorly paid and socially stigmatized for her decision to become a stuntwoman, Helen persisted, often creating her own routines, many involving speeding trains. One of her most dangerous stunts required her to jump from a building roof onto the top of a moving train. The momentum sent her rolling to the end of the train car, only to be saved by catching herself on an air vent. Another stunt involved chasing a runaway train on horseback, grabbing a dangling rope to swing herself from her horse onto the train just before it went under a bridge. All hail Helen.

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Ethel Dare, the first woman to switch planes in the air

Revered as the “Queen of the Air” in the 1920s, Margi Hobbs, aka Ethel Dare, took the audience’s eyes to the sky. This former Barnum and Bailey Circus flying trapeze performer was known for her wing walker talents and for being the first woman to successfully walk from the wing of one plane to another in mid-air. Did we mention she was just a teenager when she did that? Her two signature moves included falling backwards off the wing of the plane with nothing but a rope tied to her to save her life, and a move called the “Iron Jaw Spin” where she was suspended in midair by a special harness placed between her teeth.

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LEFT: Photo credit George Dettling Collection via Rob Osborne via Holcomb’s Aerodrome RIGHT: Danes Homes Antiques, Waupaca WI via Holcomb’s Aerodrome

How many daring darlings do you know? Share what makes them brave with us in the comments below.

 

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Who’s down for a sleepover in the clouds?

Sometimes you just gotta get away. You can retreat to a lakeside cottage, pitch a primitive tent in the woods, or hook up your fifth wheel in a fully-loaded campground. But if you’re looking for a more unique and rustic camping experience, head to Idaho where, scattered among the western white pine forests, an entire army of fire towers stands ready for your company. Originally built between the 1930s and the1960s to help spot forest fires, these towers have transitioned into historic hideaways for singles and families seeking rustic adventure.  No bigger than 14ftX14ft and priced around $40 a night, many offer basic amenities — bed, kitchen, heat — but you’re gonna have to brave the 50 yard –walk to the pit potty, and any other amenities are up to you!

While fire tower rentals are available all across the West, here are some of our favorites in Idaho. (Try to sample a few!) 

RIGHT: Arid Peak Lookout. LEFT: Trail back to camp. Photos by @run_robyn_run

Arid Peak Lookout

Location: Avery, Idaho

Fun Fact: Built in 1935, Arid Peak was built by the Milwaukee Railroad Line to help spot fires. Abandoned and vacant for 25 years, it was restored for rental to the public by the Forest Fire Lookout Association, the U.S. Forest Service, and a team of citizen volunteers. It’s also on the National Register of Historic Places!

What You’ll See: 360-degree views of the Bitterroot Mountains, the Loop Creek, and Idaho Panhandle National Forest

What to Do: Pack your bikes to take advantage of the seven trestles and ten tunnels on the Hiawatha Bike Trail that carves through the Bitterroot Mountains. Grab your poles and a cup of bait and head to the banks of the St. Joe River where the cutthroat trout swim in large numbers. If you feel like taking a hike over the miles of trails, keep an eye out for elk, eagles, and bears!

Hike It OR Drive It: Hike. Access to the cabin requires a moderately steep three-mile hike and availability depends on weather conditions.

Amenities:  This place has a wood stove, beds, propane, and cooking supplies. It’s perfect for an adventurous family of four! Just bring bedding, food, and a pair of shoes to wear to the outhouse back down on the ground. No running water, so prepare accordingly!

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LEFT: 4:00AM view from the lookout. RIGHT: Interior of the tower. Photos by @twilliams165

Deer Ridge Lookout

Location: Bonners Ferry, Idaho

Fun Fact: You enter this lookout through a trap door

What You’ll See: Unforgettable view of the Purcell Mountain Ranges of Canada, Montana, and North Idaho

What You’ll Do: You’ll find hiking trails along Ruby Ridge and Deer Ridge and wild huckleberries in August and September, and you can cook what you catch in the Moyie River.

Hike it OR Drive it: Drive. Kick it into four-wheel drive and save your strength for hiking 

Amenities: Sorry to say that the steep staircase, trap door, and rustic accommodations don’t give this lookout a kid-friendly rating. It sleeps two people in twin beds and has a pit toilet on the ground.  And while you are down there, you can do your cooking and water purifying.

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LEFT: Waking up to Lone Tree Peak. RIGHT: Outhouse with a view. Photos by @jason_hershey_

Shorty Lookout

Location: Bonners Ferry, Idaho

Fun Fact: The closest convenience store is on the Canadian border– about 50 miles away!

What You’ll See: The Selkirk and Purcell Mountain Ranges give a beautiful performance, and there isn’t a bad seat in the house.

What You’ll Do: If photography is your game, this is the lookout for you, with native elk, mountain bluebirds and the mountains themselves making spectacular portraits. And don’t forget to stargaze . . . unforgettable!

Hike it OR Drive it: Hike. Limber up for your 2.5-mile hike to camp!

Amenities: Inside, you’ll find a pair of twin beds, two tables, and a historic fire finder and district map.  Outside, a pit toilet – bring your own shoes for the 100-yard dash.  No water. No electric.

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LEFT: Even the outhouse has a view. Photo by @Bendyfrog RIGHT: Hiker takes in the view of the Boise National Forest @griffon_steelheading
LEFT: Even the outhouse has a view. Photo by @Bendyfrog RIGHT: Hiker takes in the view of the Boise National Forest @griffon_steelheading

Dead Wood Lookout

Location: Emmett, Idaho

Fun Fact:  This fire tower was built in 1934 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, was on active duty until 1972. It has since become one of the most popular rental cabins in Idaho.

What You’ll See: A Dead Wood Mountain sky has colorful sunsets and the brightest stars. (No light pollution around this place!)  Be aware of the rattlesnakes and bull elk in these parts, y’all.

What You’ll Do: Scott Mountain, Julie Creek and Nellie’s Basin are great for hikers and bikers, while the Deadwood Ridge Trail is better for horses and Jeeps there to play in the mountain mud.

Hike it OR Drive it: Drive. You’re going to need a high clearance vehicle to tackle the terrain on the way up. (Deadwood Mountain is at an elevation of 8,200 feet!)

Amenities: The bare basics are provided: wood stove, two chairs, two single beds. You’ll spend a lot of time watching sunsets and sunrises on the wraparound porch.  Cooking and dining on the ground floor only, where a fire ring and picnic table await. This place is clean, with a vault toilet nearby.

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LEFT: Bald Mountain Lookout. Photo by @msm98908 RIGHT: Room with a view. Photo by @abigail.georgia

Bald Mountain

Location: Potlatch, Idaho 

Fun Fact: This lookout is located on the White Pine Scenic Byway (aka Highway 6) — an 80-mile drive through historic small towns and thick forests.

What You’ll See: You’re in for a real deal birds eye view from Bald Mountain.  Not only is it one of the highest peaks in the Hoodoo Mountain Range, ( 5,334 feet above sea level), it’s thick with Douglas fir, hemlock and red cedar.  Wildlife watchers may see eagles soaring through the sky.  Bear, moose, elk and deer are frequently spotted in the area as well.

What You’ll Do: Advanced hikers and bikers can run around the 8.9-mile Beason Meadows Trail or the four miles of Strychnine Ridge Trail.

Hike it OR Drive it: Drive. Guests can drive to the lookout in vehicles with good ground clearance, but trailers are not recommended due to some rough spots on the road.

Amenities: This lookout sits 50 feet off the ground. A stairway leads to an exterior catwalk that surrounds the cabin, and can accommodate four people. A table and four chairs, a twin bed with foam pad and two cots are provided. Propane appliances include a cooking stove, heater and refrigerator. Cookware, dishes and utensils are provided. A pit toilet is located just below the lookout.

No water or electricity, so bring your own drinking water and lighting.  And don’t forget garbage bags to pack out the trash.  An added note: the propane fridge isn’t the most reliable, so for insurance, consider a well-iced cooler!Bedding and additional mattresses are not provided. The propane refrigerator may be unreliable, so guests may want to consider bringing a cooler with ice.

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LEFT: It's a climb to the top! Photo by @arielamandah RIGHT: View from the lookout. Photo by @mountain_girl_fit
LEFT: It’s a climb to the top! Photo by @arielamandah RIGHT: View from the lookout. Photo by @mountain_girl_fit

Lookout Butte

Location: Kooskia, Idaho

Fun Fact:  There have been three different towers on this site over the past 80 years. The current one, now available for rent, was built in 1962.

What You’ll See: At an elevation of 5,869 feet, you’re breathing the fresh mountain air from three mountain ranges: the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Area, Coolwater Ridge, the Seven Devils Mountain Range.  And there’s water everywhere, mainly flowing through the Selway River and Lochsa River Drainages.

What You’ll Do: Pick one of the many back roads that are perfect for off-roading or biking.

Hike it OR Drive it:  Drive. Bring a car with gritty tires to combat the incline, (add comma)  and ditch your trailer before the climb.

Amenities: With five steep flights of stairs up to the tower, this one isn’t recommended for families. (add period)  Parties of four are welcome to use the two twin beds, propane stove, and kitchen table. Down on the ground is a fire ring, and down the hill, a pit toilet.

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A few final reminders about staying in these lookouts:

  • None of them have running water–pack plenty of H20 and appropriate tools to purify your supply
  • Cell phone coverage is unreliable, but snap all the photos you want!
  • To help prevent the spread of tree-killing pests only burn firewood near your destination

Happy Trails, out there!

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Our newest hat for Mike’s Two Lanes: for explorers of the back roads, this charcoal snapback hat is MADE IN THE USA.

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