My First Blog Post

Start With Why: The “Why” behind Explore NC

“We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.”

—Henry David Thoreau

A New Year’s Goal

One of my new year’s resolutions this year was a digital detox and to spend less time connected to my iPhone. As a result, I have found myself with much more free time on the evenings and weekends. This has allowed me to pursue other endeavors, hence this blog. At the same time, one of my new year’s goals was to start a blog. As I pondered what my blog would be about, I reflected on my life experiences, passions, and skills.

Since an early age, I have always had a passion for exploring the Great Outdoors. More recently, I have had a passion for writing. Another passion of mine throughout my career has been to share my passion for the outdoors with others. This blog, Explore NC, will allow me to combine all of these passions.

Since relocating to North Carolina over six years ago, my family has been fortunate to have the opportunity to create life-long memories in some of North Carolina’s most spectacular places, both outdoors and indoors. North Carolina’s diverse geography, from the mountains in the west, to the coastal plains in the east, and in between the Piedmont and Sandhills, provides endless opportunities to explore. Some of our most memorable experiences as a family have been in some of these places that we now call home.

My goal for this blog is to share not only our experiences in these places, but more importantly the resources for exploring them. This includes equipment, information, lodging, logistics, travel, and weather.

My plan is to begin with writing about the dozens of places we have explored across North Carolina, including beaches, forests, golf courses, mountains, museums, parks, playgrounds, restaurants, sightseeing, and vacation destinations.

While I am not new to writing, I am brand new to blogging. That being said, I welcome your honest feedback with how I can enhance and improve my blog and my posts.

Thank you for reading! Happy Trails! 🙂

Published by Dave Herpy

I am a father of four, a camp and outdoor recreation professional, and a freelance writer. I have over twenty years of experience in the outdoor industry and over a decade of experience as a freelance writer. I enjoy camping, cycling, golfing, hiking, kayaking, running, swimming, and triathlons, as well as traveling, volunteering, and writing. I live in Clayton, North Carolina.

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