Blue Ridge Mountain Life is your online guide to the Blue Ridge Mountains, and in particular to Western North Carolina.
This page is intended to give you a bit of a behind the scenes look at Blue Ridge Mountain Life, and the family behind it.
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Blue Ridge Mountain Life is a locally owned and operated online guide and travel blog and is run by travel bloggers, Larry and Jenn Deane from their mountain home in the small town of Maggie Valley NC.
Blue Ridge Mountain Life was started in 2013, and includes hiking guides, waterfall guides, information on things to do, area attractions, hiking and camping product reviews, town guides, scenic drives, and much much more!
Our Story - Why we started Blue Ridge Mountain Life
In 2008, we made a life-changing move from "city living" in Charlotte NC, to "mountain living" in Maggie Valley NC. For Mother's Day, Jenn decided she wanted to go on a family hike that had a waterfall. After lots of research, Larry found a trail, they gathered up the kids (we have 6), and headed out to Gabes Mountain Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (this is the very first article we published) to visit Hen Wallow Falls.
We got lost, we were tired, the kids complained, but ... We were hooked ...
That day was another life-changing event for us. Not only did we now want to live in the mountains, but we wanted to be outdoors, hiking and finding waterfalls. Finding new waterfalls became almost an obsession, and still is to this today.
This was all something new to us, but something we definitely wanted more of.
We struggled to find good information, with lots of good photos, directions, and tips for families. That struggle combined with our passion and experience as photographers and writing become Blue Ridge Mountain Life.
Blue Ridge Mountain life was created to be an online guide for visitors and locals looking for great hikes, remote places to see, and of course waterfalls in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Our Goal is to be Your Guide in the Blue Ridge Mountains and to help you Find Your Next Adventure
Over the past 14 years since moving here, these mountains have changed our lives in so many ways:
- They have given us, as a family, a new perspective on what is truly important life.
- They have made us realize how much time we wasted on silly things, and pursuing careers that kept us from truly enjoying and living life.
- These mountains made us re-prioritize, change our goals, and our lives, for the better. We now live to experience nature and all of the wonderful things this world provides.
The Blue Ridge Mountains get in your soul and change it. They refresh and renew you.
Blue Ridge Mountain Life Today
Since our start in 2013, we've constantly added new content and features, generally multiple times per week. We publish this new content to this website and our highly followed social media accounts:
Blue Ridge Mountain Life has grown far beyond our expectations and continues to amaze us each and every day.
We spend most of our time hiking and finding new waterfalls (we have over 100 guides written), but we also enjoy traveling The Blue Ridge Parkway, visiting locations in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, hiking in Pisgah National Forest, exploring new areas, and of course enjoying all of the wonderful small mountain towns in the area, with their great attractions.
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About Jenn and Larry, the Owners
Jenn and Larry are both professional photographers, and Larry is a writer and web-site designer. Combined, they strive to deliver highly valuable and visually stunning guides and content for their followers. They love these mountains, and love to share their beauty with others.
They are also passionate about Leave No Trace, and want these mountains protected for generations to come.
More About Larry
Larry is Co-Owner, Publisher, Writer, Photographer, Videographer, Social Media Manager, Web-site designer, and SEO Guru
Larry is a native of Northern Virginia but has lived in North Carolina for more than 30 years. Larry grew interested in photography as a youth by his father who was a photographer. He purchased his first Canon SLR as a teenager, and has been hooked and taking photos since.
Larry graduated from UNC Charlotte, with a degree in Computer Science, and began working in Charlotte, NC. Soon after, he married and started a family together.
Larry began an interest in building internet-based businesses in 2006. Blue Ridge Mountain Life was one of those, and the site he's most proud of. Blue Ridge Mountain Life is truly his passion.
Larry also enjoys playing World of Warcraft (For the Alliance!), Model Trains, and cars.
More About Jenn
Jenn is Co-Owner, Photographer, Videographer, and Graphic Artist
Jenn is a North Carolina native, who grew up in the Charlotte area. She began visiting the Blue Ridge Mountains of NC as a young child.
Jenn began her interest in photography as a child but really became passionate after marrying Larry and having their first child. Jenn is very artistic, and in addition to having a natural talent for art, she realized she had a talent for photography as well.
Jenn's proudest life accomplishment is mothering 6 children. She was and is passionate about keeping them outside, hiking and teaching them about nature.
Jenn enjoys creating art, playing World of Warcraft, and being outdoors.
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