By now, it has become a family tradition. Each summer, family members on my mother’s side get together in Florida to share stories from the past year and soak up the beautiful Floridian sun. Roughly 20 family members attend the event, and we play games, show off our cooking skills, and simply enjoy each other’s company. I always look forward to this reunion, and it has inspired me to travel to other parts of the United States with my wife throughout the year.

For example, we enjoy hiking in the Smoky Mountains, and the Abrams Falls is one of our favorite hikes. Five miles in length, the trail navigates Abrams Creek and Cades Cove Valley and ends at the 20-foot Abrams Falls. I think that it’s experiences like these that make a family stronger. New activities and places—there’s nothing better than sharing them with familiar faces.

About the Author:

An avid traveler, Jeffrey Dovedot has experienced salsa dancing in Cali, Colombia, and skiing in Western Pennsylvania. He lives in Florida and works for Verizon Wireless.