The Best Part of the Mountains in the Summer

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I live in one of the most beautiful places on earth. I know, I know… I’m incredibly biased.  But really, Boone is absolutely breathtaking. Boone and the surrounding towns are certainly tourist destinations. The leaves in the fall are hard to beat, and the winter is typically perfect for skiing and snowboarding. But the spring and summer? You know how, in most places in the spring, a perfect day is in the mid-seventies with a lightly clouded sky? You can be outside in shorts and be completely comfortable, but the nighttime needs that simple light jacket. That’s every day in the summer here. Sure, we have our hot days and thunderstorms. But even those days have their beauty. If you like to be outside, these mountains are the perfect place to be in the summer. They’ve given me so many reasons to treasure them!

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There will always be pools and lakes and such to enjoy the prettier days, but the benefit of a mountain town is that we have something other places don’t get… not in the same way at least. We have hiking trails. We have perfect little valleys made for picnics.

It is all too easy to spend an entire day outside around here. And on those longer, more rewarding hikes, you definitely need to take a snack. These trails provide the perfect stopping points and crazy good views that will no doubt take your breath away while Kettle Brand® Potato Chips and Snyder’s of Hanover® Pretzels provide the perfect little snacks for munching on along the way!

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I don’t know about y’all, but I’m not about going multiple hours without eating. But I love the longer hikes, that get you both the good views and creekside trails. Packing water and snacks with us allows us take the time to breathe and enjoy what we’re seeing. Easy to share, they’re great for giving you the chance to enjoy the people you’re with.

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So many of my favorite memories in college and after involved these trails. So many times, when I needed to get out of the constant company that is college, I’d pick up my sister’s puppy and take her for a hike on this exact trail, the Boone Fork Trail, one of my favorites. So many great conversations with friends, so many of those relationships developed thanks to having these trails to hike. I was so fortunate to spend my college years somewhere like this, where I could escape when I wanted to.

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My husband and I just started hiking together more, and I could not love it more! Last fall we got to experience the extremes of sun, sleet, and snow all within one trip. And, as we’ve learned while living in the mountains, the craziest weather brings the best views. I love getting to hike with him, or just plain be outside with him, especially when we’re able to snack on things like Kettle Brand® Potato Chips along the way and truly enjoy where we are. Hands down, these are my favorite type of chips – specifically the Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper variety. So good!

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Lucky for you, we’ve got a sweepstakes for you to enter! There are so many different varieties of snacks to enjoy with friends and family this summer, especially right in time for the 4th and all of its fun activities! Between Cape Cod® Potato Chips, Late July® products, Snack Factory® Pretzel Crips®, and my favorites mentioned above, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

To enter, all you have to do is snap a shot of you enjoying your snack and share it on social media with the  hashtag, #SnackSnapShare. I’d share the image above if I were to enter! The grand prize is $10,000 cash for a family vacation, with weekly winners getting a year’s worth of snacks, and daily winners receiving a $50 prepaid Visa gift card! Definitely can’t hurt to try!

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What’s your favorite summer activity in your hometown, and your go-to snack to take with you?

Be sure to pin the image below to encourage others to get outside and enjoy summertime spent together:)!

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