About the Blog

This is just a short excerpt for the about page.

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The original focus of this blog was going to be all things outdoors because, well, I love the outdoors. However, as I sought ideas for original content I kept coming up short because I’m not an expert on the outdoors, and I hate bugs. What kind of outdoorsy person hates bugs. THIS ONE! 

Although I’m really not an expert on anything, I am passionate about many things — the outdoors, Jesus, relationships, gardening, nutrition, and fitness, to name a few. For that reason, I’ve decided to switch up my content a bit and be a little more diverse. It is my hope that in doing this I will be more inspired to regularly write posts that are both encouraging and educational.

Please bear with me as my site undergoes a transfiguration. I also am wanting to change my domain name because I feel that “Exploration Adoration” doesn’t really fit anymore. However, I don’t want to be rash and am taking my time in picking out a new domain name . If you feel so compelled, I would appreciate any helpful suggestions.

Thank you for visiting my site.

With all my love,



Regardless of how you may have wandered to this page, welcome! You’re in the right place because this blog addresses two things every person needs in life: Jesus and the great outdoors.

But Why Exploration Adoration?

Well, God created us to adore Him (and others) and to explore and enjoy his creation. He put Adam and Eve, the first humans, in a garden for goodness sake.

Spending time outdoors and admiring the Lord’s handiwork not only helps us draw nearer to God but it is actually beneficial for the human body. If you’re active outdoors, then you reap the obvious benefits of exercise, but even sitting for five minutes around trees and other green spaces can improve mood, reduce stress, lower blood pressure, improve sleep, and increase our ability to focus.

I believe God provided this beautiful Earth as a playground for his children to enjoy and explore. Hiking, camping, caving, paddling, or any other outdoor thing is a way for you to exercise, relieve stress, push your limits, get to know your interests, connect with others, and so much more.

Exploration Adoration is here to help you enjoy the outdoors. With practical information, gear guides, trail recommendations, and other useful insight, you’ll soon be echoing the words of famous naturalist and environmental philosopher John Muir, “The mountains are calling, and I must go.”

About the Author

Howdy Ho! My name is Darlene, but most people just call me Darlene. I have two-year-old daughter and a 27-year-old husband. I love them both so much, and we have a lot of fun together bike riding on the Atlanta Beltine, hiking up Arabia Mountain, and just chilling at the house. We live in Newnan, a city about 40 minutes south of Atlanta, Georgia (hence many of my posts being Georgia-centric).

My husband and I on Arabia Mountain

The outdoors have not always been a passion of mine, but once I started exploring, I have never stopped. There’s just something about being outside that gets me going. I especially love heart-pounding, adrenaline pumping things like skydiving, zip lining, and waterfall climbing.

Me about to skydive

When I’m not outdoors, you can catch me at home taking care of my little one eating something chocolatey or cheesy, or maybe both (and feeling guilty about it later).

Well, that’s all folks. Thank you so much for visiting my blog. Send me a message or comment or something, and make my day.

Pardon our progress! This blog is relatively new, so there is not much content yet, but check back on a regular basis for all things camping, hiking, caving, and much more.