Life Lived On The Road, On The Trail, or On The Beach!
Hi! I’m Amanda and I am so happy you dropped in to get to know me better.
I’m a small town girl with itchy feet for adventure and exploration which I satisfy by exploring the beautiful Appalachian mountains in which I reside. I also enjoy extended USA road trips with my family.
I currently reside in upper Northeast Tennessee only a stones throw from my small Tennessee hometown, Elizabethton, Tennessee.
I’ve lived, played, and worked in Tennessee my entire life most of which was spent right here in the Appalachian mountains. I spent a few short years in Memphis, TN while attending Pharmacy school and loved it, but our love for the outdoors brought us home to the Appalachian and Smoky Mountains.
I am married to my high school sweetheart, Mark. He is an amazing husband, father, and local optometrist to our small community in Blountville, TN. (Shameless plug, but yes, it’s true…just read all his great reviews. He’s the real deal!) He is also my photographer, my ATV driver, and my marathon road trip partner. We are best friends and have a great time exploring God’s creation.
We have three children that I homeschool and share my daily life with who know way too much about marketing and blogging, but who help me keep this house humming so that I can write and plan our adventures. They are a blessing and I adore them.
VeraVise Outdoor Living exists to highlight and share the beauty of the Appalachian mountain region in which I live and to inspire you to live life outdoors whether at home or on the road through hiking, ATV riding, camping, fishing, and so much more.
The name VeraVise is a combination of the words
Veracity: habitual observance of truth in speech or statement; truthfulness: He was not noted for his veracity. conformity to truth or fact; accuracy: to question the veracity of his account.
Advise: offer suggestions about the best course of action to someone. To inform of, notify about/of, give notice of, apprise of, inform (someone) about a fact or situation, typically in a formal or official way.
We strive to offer the honest and helpful advice that inspires outdoor living at home and on the road.
My articles, views, and outlook on life are firmly grounded in a Christian worldview and while I don’t overtly share that in my writing, they do influence how I view current events and may come out in my writing from time to time. A writer who isn’t truthful isn’t worth reading so I hope that is an encouragement as you peruse my site.
I define outdoor living as a lifestyle that seeks to enjoy the great outdoors in whatever fashion best suits you or your current circumstances. If you are traveling, it might mean incorporating outdoor exploration of national and state parks or finding a new ATV trail to explore.
If you are at home, it might mean finding a way to create an outdoor space that invites you and your family to get outside more or enjoying some great outdoor camping or cooking outdoors.
It almost always means hiking and nature walks.
Outdoor living can be so many different things, but the one thing they have in common is an appreciation for God’s creation and getting outdoors as often as you can even if it’s just for a back road ride to take in the scenery.
By now, you probably have a pretty good idea about our topics, but just to help you navigate better I wanted to take the time to explain some of my topic and menu titles.
Outdoor Living– As you can see this is the hub for all our outdoor adventure articles. Here you will find topics such as section hiking the Appalachian Trail, the best ATV Trails in Tennessee, and all of our National Park Adventures. We also invite you to join us on Facebook at Outdoor Family Travel and our ATV dedicated page ATV Trails Near Me where we share even more of our adventures.
Smoky Mountains- It might seem a bit odd to pull the Smoky Mountains out by themselves, but since there is so much to share about the most popular National Park and it’s surrounding attractions, I felt it appropriate to give it it’s own section. This is your hub to learn about visiting the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and it’s surrounding gateway towns like Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN.
Country Living– I created this section to share about living in the Appalachian mountains. I have a deep love and appreciation for my history and the history of this region. One of my favorite pastimes when I am not hiking is to drive the back roads of these mountains and look at the remnants of days gone by. I enjoy taking in scenes that have old barns and farmhouses or smiling as I pass a little home that still has a big garden. These treasures and skills are almost lost (sadly I don’t possess many of the ones I deeply admire), so in some small way I hope to preserve the beauty of the Appalachian life as I see it. I also have an interest in antiques and rustic home decorating so you might find a bit of that here too.
Product Guides– Pretty self explanatory, but here is where you can find reviews of things I enjoy using to enhance our outdoor living.
Shop– While the product guides page has full reviews, this page will house any products we recommend and you can purchase directly from our shop pages. In some cases you will be taken off site to finalize your sale. You can read more about our affiliate relationships and policies at the link below.
Privacy & Disclosure– Again, this is our privacy and disclosure page. Nuf said.