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Welcome, and thank you for stopping by my virtual home! You are more than a visitor here; stay a while and take a look around! I talk about my connection to places, in hopes that it might push me out of my own comfort zone and inspire you to do the same. The attempt sometimes manifests itself as stomping through the woods in my backyard, and other times as visiting a new city to try the weirdest ice cream I can find. At Head Along with Heart, you will only ever see my photos, because I believe in real, honest connection with a basis in reality. This is MY reality: the places I have walked, the places I have loved, and the place I call home. I'm always sharing new experiences, tips, and stories from my adventures, but I love to hear your stories, too! Feel free to tell your tales, ask questions, and hit me with your best wisdom! The door is always open here; what's mine is yours.

Explore With Me
Shenandoah National Park: Penny’s First Camping Trip

“Which way to the AT?” He announced himself with a thud as he jumped from the literal mountain of rocks… Read More

A Recap of My First 10 National Park Visits

We’re going to take a quick break from national park trip reports, since we’ve hit a milestone—Congaree National Park, which… Read More

Congaree National Park Kayaking Fail: A Redemption Story

If you asked me to choose two words that describe my trip to Congaree National Park, I would probably respond… Read More

Snorkeling and Paddling in Biscayne National Park

For the final chapter of my big Florida adventure, I didn’t have any idea what to expect. Truth be told,… Read More

A Guide to Dry Tortugas National Park

This is real life. All the small moments in my life added up to my feet planted in exactly that… Read More

One Day in Key West

Key West is the beach town I never knew I needed in my life. Part of me is actually kind… Read More

How to See Everglades National Park without Getting on a Boat

I rolled over in my warm cocoon. The stars were still bright over the towering canopy of pines, uninhibited by… Read More

One Week Itinerary: Florida National Parks Outdoor Adventure

So, I took my own advice. If you follow me on Instagram, you are well aware by now that I… Read More

How to Choose Where to Go Next

I decided that I’m traveling this year! It sounds silly, so let me explain: I’m always looking for opportunities to… Read More

An Open Letter to the Friends that Won’t Let Me Say Goodbye

Dear Friends, Maybe you are my childhood best friend. Maybe we met in middle school and realized we actually didn’t… Read More

48 Hours in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Once upon a time, I dreamed of a place in the mountains, where I could frolic to my heart’s content…but… Read More

Georgia’s Canyon Climbers: A Hike Through Amicalola Falls, Cloudland Canyon, Providence Canyon, and Tallulah Gorge

I signed up to do Canyon Climbers a whole year ago, you guys. 365+ days. And you want to know… Read More

Get to Know Head Along with Heart
It’s me, Michelle!

Hello, friends! I am Michelle—a fun loving twentysomething based in metro Atlanta. I am always on the lookout for good parks, good food, and new places, and sharing with you what I discover along the way.