Hey you! Welcome to Appalachian Love!
- Love life, adventure often -
We’re Jess and Michael and we’re the content creators and adventurers behind Appalachian Love. I (Jess) originally created this blog back in college, about 5 years ago, as a way to document my little hikes and adventures I was doing during my free time but when Michael and I started dating senior year, he became a big part of this blog as well.
Michael and I both grew up outdoors; we both camped with our families but Michael spent more time fly fishing from a very young age and I spent more time backpacking and hiking with my family. Since we’ve met, we’ve been combining our two hobbies into the most fun adventures of our lives, from hiking in Iceland to fly fishing in Montana, we’ve gotten to grow with each other in the great outdoors.
We’re pretty typical adventurers; we don’t live out of a van or spend 80% of our lives traveling… we work really hard day after day to afford a few fun trips a year. Otherwise we spend our free time hiking, camping, backpacking, fly fishing and doing little road trips on weekends. We love to provide our readers with tips and tricks, gear reviews and recaps of our adventures. We really try to post as much as we can, but because we have jobs and other things going on sometimes that’s only once a week (we’re sorry!).
In a nutshell, Appalachian Love is here to help you discover new places to adventure in Virginia and bring you along wherever else our feet may wander to. Thanks so much for stopping by!
IS BLOGGING YOUR JOB?
Nope. This blog is just where we document all our little trips and hikes we go on.
DO YOU GET PAID TO BLOG?
Yes and no. A majority of what we do is not paid for, and we've never written a blog post that resulted in making money. However we have received multiple products for free in exchange for our honest opinions, pictures and a reviews on the blog. In some instances when we work with certain brands they have compensated us for using our photos or if people use our promo codes for their gear. If you want to work with us, contact us via the contact form on the left! If you have any questions about how we started working with other brands, also shoot us an email!
JESS, 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?
Jess is from a very small down in Northwest Virginia (near Harpers Ferry, MD) and Michael is from Richmond, VA.
WHO TAKES YOUR PICTURES & WHAT KIND OF CAMERA DO YOU HAVE?
We both take pictures! We have a Nikon D3300 and it's great camera that takes great pictures and is easy to use.
JESS- 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 our list is a mile long... To spare you we'll list our top three in the United States: Alaska, (Montana and Wyoming were on here but we crossed them off! Although we still want to go back) Hawaii and Arizona. For outside the US: Patagonia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia! (Iceland was on the list but we went there!)
CAN I WORK WITH YOU?
Absolutely! Please contact us via the contact form in the top left!