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LibConnect: June 2022

A place for the CSU Library team to connect and share.

"Not All Who Wander Are Lost..."

Nothing says "wander" like the perfect road trip! Share about a road trip you plan to take this summer or one you have taken in the past.


This is a trip I haven't taken yet, but I have considered it for some time! While there are 847 waterfalls found in Tennessee, I'd like to take a trip to see about 5-10 of them at once. I've been to a few of these already in my life, but there are just so many beautiful falls and amazing state parks in Tennessee. I'd like the chance to get to see all of them. Some of these have fairly long hikes and are considered moderate to strenuous, but most of them aren't in mountainous areas so that can help a little with the walking.

The path on the map resembles a C on it's back, starting in upper middle TN, moving south toward Chattanooga, and then back upward toward Gatlinburg.

First: Burgess Falls State Park northwest of Sparta, TN (5.4 miles roundtrip hike):

Second: Virgin Falls which is southeast of Sparta (about 9 miles roundtrip):

Third: Fall Creek Falls State Park in Spencer, TN. I've been here a few times before. I've only been to see the Fall Creek Falls(first), but not the others in the area. There is also Cane Creek Falls(second) and Piney Creek Falls(third) in the same park. The last picture is the swinging rope bridge to Fall Creek Falls. I've walked it 6 times now (3 times there and back). Fall Creek Falls is a 2.4 mile roundtrip hike, Cane Creek Falls is a 1.2 mile roundtrip hike, and Piney Creek Falls is 1.9 mile roundtrip hike.

Fourth: Ruby Falls in Chattanooga, TN. This is another one I've been to repeatedly. It's gorgeous! It's inside a cave, so the cave walk lasts about 1 hour to 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Fifth: Bald River Falls in Tellico Plains, TN which is in the lower Smoky Mountains area. (5.6 miles roundtrip):

Sixth and Last: Grotto Falls on the Trillium Gap Trail in Gatlinburg, TN (2.6 miles roundtrip):



I took a massive road trip in Jan. I drove from Alabama to Miami, Miami to Key West, Key West to Naples, Naples to Miami, and then back to Alabama with my friend Helen. It was full of food, and seeing the sites. The following are random pictures from the trip. 1. We went to the State Park In Key West. 2. The turtle hospital was a sad visit. We learned that the turtles development masses because they eat plastic bags, because they look like jelly fish. 3. Key Lime Pie - we had it at nearly every day. 3. Lobster Roll. 4. Lovers Key State Park (It was a recommendation of a good beach to go to with shells). 5. Pelican Bay 6. Art Deco Walking Tour Miami. 7. Miami Beach 8. Versace Mansion - I was in Tevas and felt very out of place :) 9. Miami Wynwood Walls. 10. Little Havana 


Last year my family and I took a 600+ mile road trip that began and ended in the air but included a road trip in the middle. It was an amazing trip, and I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to travel to Utah's Mighty Five National Parks!

First Stop:  Grand Junction, CO

We flew into Grand Junction, rented a Chevy Traverse, and headed west.

Moab, UT

Moab was our second stop and became our "base camp" as we visited Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.

On the Road Again

After spending a couple of fun-filled days in Moab, we continued our trek west, stopping at Capitol Reef National Park along the way. We took the scenic route from there which was a narrow road with steep cliffs on each side. (Not nerve-wracking at all!) To our delight, we happened upon a cute, cozy coffeehouse tucked into a cliff as we drove through Escalante, UT.

Holm, UT

We spent two nights at a cottage in the middle of nowhere near Bryce Canyon National Park. Bryce was amazing!

The Yurt

After leaving the Bryce area, we traveled to Orderville, UT, to be close to Zion National Park. Here, we stayed in a cute and comfy canvas yurt. We visited the Kanab Sand Caves, which were in a hillside just on the road. By accident we discovered an animal rescue called Best Friends Animal Sanctuary--a peaceful place that animal lovers would enjoy. And we took a spur-of-the-moment trip to the Grand Canyon (North Rim)--so worth it! 


After packing up and leaving the yurt, we marched on to Zion! It snowed that morning as we headed into the park. The snow quickly melted, leaving us to view the majesty of Zion's rocky crags. 

Last Stop:  Viva Las Vegas

Upon kissing Utah goodbye, we began our journey to our last stop, where we visited In-N-Out Burger near the UNLV campus and drove through "The Strip." Not impressed, we longed to be back in beautiful Utah. Early the next morning we flew out of Sin City--glad to be out of LV, but sad to be leaving such a wonderful journey behind us.


In August 2018, I went back to Poland for my cousin's wedding. My good friend from college and I decided to take a road trip from Warsaw to visit his friend in Treviso, Italy (the town where tiramisu was invented!). It was an amazing trip, needless to say! We drove through Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria and ended our trip in the Italian Dolomites! 

Me with one of my best friend's LinYi, in front of St. Mary's church in Krakow, Poland. We met here in 2009 and lived together for two semesters. :)


After Poland, our next stop was Bratislava, Slovakia. Those were some of the best pancakes I've ever had! 

A shot of the mountains driving through Austria. Highly recommend! 


We stayed one night in Treviso, then went to our friend's summer home in the mountains. The Dolomites are a truly magical place. 


One day, we took a cable car to the top of the mountain. We were completely alone but I started to hear bells in the distance. I followed the noise and over the next hill I was delighted to find a shepherd with an enormous flock of sheep. It was like something out of a fairytale, absolutely beautiful and serene. I will never forget that moment :)