Hey you! Welcome to Appalachian Love!
- Love life, adventure often -
I’m Jess, a 25 year old based out of Virginia and the creator and content developer for Appalachian Love. I started this blog in 2013 as a way to document my little hikes I did while in college but over the years it’s grown and matured into a blog where people can come and gain additional information for hikes in Virginia but also in North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and Maryland.
I’m a pretty typical adventurer. I don’t live out of a van or spend 80% of my life traveling. I work really hard day after day to save for a few fun trips a year and hike, camp, backpack and fly fish in my spare time. I love to provide my readers with tips and tricks, gear reviews and recaps of my adventures. I try to post as much as I can, but sometimes that means only posting once a week or so. I'm also currently an Explorer for The Outbound and a brand ambassador for Madera Outdoor, and working on some fun new collaborations!
In a nutshell, Appalachian Love is here to help you discover new places to adventure in Virginia and bring you along wherever my little feet may wander too. Thanks so much for stopping by!
IS BLOGGING YOUR JOB?
Nope. This blog is just where I document all my little trips and hikes I go on.
DO YOU GET PAID TO BLOG?
Yes and no. A majority of what I do is not paid for, and I've never written a blog post that resulted in me making money. However I have received multiple products for free in exchange for my honest opinion, pictures and a review on the blog. In some instances when I work with certain brands they have compensated me for using my photos or if people use my promo codes for their gear. If you want to work with me, contact me via the contact form on the left! If you have any questions about how I started working with other brands, also shoot me an email!
WHEN DID YOU START HIKING?
Before I could walk honestly. My parents both love hiking and the outdoors so my Dad would throw me into his backpack and we'd take off for the day with my Mom. Once my sister was born (18 months after me) I was kicked out of Dad's backpack and I've been hiking on my own ever since.
WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A very small down in Northwest Virginia called Lovettsville. If you have ever been to Harpers Ferry, MD, my parents live on the other side of the mountain.
WHO TAKES YOUR PICTURES & WHAT KIND OF CAMERA DO YOU HAVE?
I take all my pictures unless it's a picture of me and then my awesome boyfriend Michael is usually behind the lens (or I use self timer). I have a Nikon D3300 and it's great if you're not a photographer (like me) and need a camera that takes great pictures and is easy to use.
WHERE DID "APPALACHIAN LOVE" COME FROM/WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
You know, I'm not really sure haha. The name just kind of came to me one day and I went with it. Like I mentioned before I've been outdoors from a very young age thanks to my parents. We'd camp in the Smokies or take a hike through Shenandoah National Park. Regardless of what we did, we were always in the Appalachian Mountains. The Appalachian Mountains always feel like home; no matter where I travel to, there's just something about those old Appalachians that I really, really love.
WHAT ARE YOUR DREAM TRAVEL DESTINATIONS?
Okay my list is legit a mile long. To spare you I'll list my top three in the United States: certain parks within Alaska, Montana and Wyoming. For outside the US: Patagonia region, New Zealand and Southeast Asia! (Iceland was on the list of top three but we went there!)
CAN I WORK WITH YOU?
Absolutely! Please contact me via my contact form in the top left. I'm very honest with my reviews and I usually only post gear reviews if I really love the products (read: if I do not like your products/gear I will not post mean or unfair reviews). If you have anymore questions let me know!