A Fall Hike Is Just What You Need (+giveaway)

This post is sponsored by Backcountry. Thank you for supporting, Simply Taralynn!

As a lifestyle blogger, I spend most of my mornings, afternoons, and nights working behind the computer screen. I think it’s safe to say that most of us spend our lives engaged in technology and the hustle and bustle of the internet. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. I love the creative space that the internet provides, and I love being inspired by others while browsing social media. If the internet didn’t exist, I wouldn’t be able to live this dream and connect with people all around the world. The key is having a balance between technology and real life. We shouldn’t allow technology to alter our minds or affect our emotions. Maybe your balance is spending less time browsing the internet and more time diving into a favorite book. For me, I need to get outside and move. Taking walks surrounded by fresh air and beautiful nature helps me stay grounded and more connected with what’s happening in my life. I take that time to reflect on my day, to set goals, and to just take a step back and breathe. Technology is a temporary distraction, but nature is a realistic vision of what life actually is.

Before the sun rises, I lace up my shoes, leash up my dogs, and head out on our first walk of the day. I escape from the computer at noon and take them out for another walk. When I shut my computer down for the night, I take them out on one more walk. These walks drastically change my mood, my work focus, and they also keep my dogs healthy. Even if you’re walking the neighborhood, you’re still getting a dose of nature. Any small amount can make a significant difference. I have dealt with anxiety my entire life, and walking has been the most helpful component in helping me feel better when I’m having just one of those days.

I’m beyond excited to be partnering with one of my favorite brands, Backcountry, for today’s blog post. Not only do they have great accessories and apparel for outdoor adventures, but I always feel inspired to create GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) moments after reading their posts. Just this morning, I started browsing ski trips after looking through their feed. That’s the kind of inspiration I crave. All of the items in today’s blog post are from Backcountry, and I can’t wait to talk about why I chose them. 

Last weekend, my best friend and I headed up to the National Pisgah Forest to hike some of the trails along the Blue Ridge Parkway located northeast of Asheville. Every year, we go on an annual hike at Looking Glass Rock trail in the National Pisgah Forest but have never explored this part of it, so we were very excited about discovering new parts of North Carolina. We are so lucky to live two hours from the gorgeous mountains. I have about twenty more trails on my North Carolina bucket list to tackle.

The mountains were so chilly, which set the fall mood. I love the trails once fall hits because it’s almost too brutally hot to do anything outside in the Carolina summers. Seeing the trees change colors along the Blueridge Parkway is breathtaking. I’m so glad we decided to spend our Sunday experiencing the beauty of it all.

Hiking in the fall can be funny. We quickly go from burning hot to freezing within minutes. Packing extra pieces is essential when the temperature changes throughout the day.  Some of the trails we walked were only a mile long, and some were two miles. We made sure to pack our hats, sweaters, warm socks, and lightweight items as well. We had no idea how we were going to feel at any given moment. Reach out to Backcountry’s gearheads if you don’t know what to pack on your next big adventure. All of Backcountry’s gearheads are experts in their fields, whether it’s mountain climbing, yoga, running, skiing, and so on! The gearheads have tons of knowledge about what gear you’ll need for your next adventure.

Taking a road trip in hiking boots isn’t ideal. I love wearing comfortable shoes on the drive that I can change before starting a trail. On the drive up, I wore the Birkenstock Arizona Soft Foot Bed Suede Sandal. These are some of the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn. They are also functional for when you need something to slide on before heading to the grocery store, or walking the town with a cup of coffee. They come in several colors and fit very true to size. They are a great sandal to invest in because you know they’ll last for many years with how durable they are built.

Speaking of comfort, let’s talk about these leggings. I thought I had already owned the most comfortable and flexible leggings until I put on the Prana Pillar Leggings. I spend about 70% of the colder months in leggings, so I’ll be purchasing a couple more of these. Legging purchases can be complicated because they have to fit in all the right places, have flexibility, and the fabric has to be light, but not seethrough. The fabric breathes well for physical activities, and I love the small hidden pocket for things like keys or dog treats. I’m that girl that always has dog treats in my pockets! 

On the small trails we hiked, we left the backpack in the car and just took a fanny pack with us. If you don’t have a fanny pack, you’re missing out. They are so convenient for holding car keys, phones, a small camera, chapstick, bandaids, or snacks. I’ll even take one with me while walking the dogs in the neighborhood for their waste bags, my phone, and treats. The pack I’m wearing is the Mini Patagonia Lightweight Travel Pack. It’s a perfect size and comes in different colors. It’s water resistant, which is so convenient for keeping your electronics safe. The color options for these fanny packs are so much fun. I chose the dark currant color because I loved the pop of teal.

One of my absolute favorite tops I own now is the Stoic Texture Knit Scoop Pullover. It feels like you’re swimming in silk. This is the type of sweater you can live in and never take off. It’s cozy, lightweight, and it’ll fit any occasion. This pullover is perfect for the hikes that are hot one moment and cold the next. This sweater is appropriate for all four seasons. The sleeves are oversized, which is perfect for comfort. My mom tried it on, and I was afraid she wasn’t going to give it back, so I may have to order her one for Christmas.

Speaking of Christmas, I’m getting my boyfriend, brother, and dad a pair of these Smartwool socks. They are super comfortable and cozy! They contain layered wool in high-impact zones for extra cushion, have an arch brace that holds the sock in place to reduce blisters or bunching, no annoying seams at the toes, and made from merino wool to keep the moisture away from the foot. They are incredible for walking the dogs in the freezing temperatures in the winter. You can choose from many colors and sizes.
Wearing hats is an absolute must for me. Too much cold air and wind hitting my ears can leave me with extreme headaches or pain that feels similar to swimmers ear. I can never have enough hats! This Coal Julietta Beanie hat comes in ten different colors! I want all of them. I love the slouchy look, and the lightweight material is very comfortable. The color I ordered is called Mauve.

Pullovers are another one of my favorite items to rock during the colder months, especially while hiking. I loved this Patagonia Los Gatos pullover so much that I had to have it in several colors. It’s SO warm! You can tell how soft it is just by looking at it. Because it’s slim fit, I recommend sizing up! The color I’m wearing is the shadow blue. I also ordered the calcium color. When we sat down to have lunch, we started to get cold because we weren’t moving anymore, so it came in handy. I’ll be hanging these up in my downstairs coat closet for easy access this winter.

When we got down to the bottom of the mountain, we had one more trail to walk before heading to town for coffee.

The Backcountry Super Stretch Twill Pants I’m wearing are unreal. They are called “super stretch” for a reason! I can’t get over how well these are made. I’ve always been a “hike in leggings” type of person, but these pants have entirely changed my mind. They are the type of pants you can wear on a hike, but also style them a bit differently for a day at work. I love the zipper detail at the bottom, and the deep pockets are functional (finally.) My cell phone actually fits in the pockets with room leftover. One thing that I love about purchasing things on Backcountry is that people are active on leaving reviews. Before ordering an item, I can go through the comments and see if I should size up or size down. After reading reviews, I sized up, and they were right! They fit perfect.  The color I’m wearing is midnight, but I’ll be going broke because I’m about to order the olive color too. These pants will fit into any lifestyle.

Another great thing about Backcountry is that they can ship out your order over $50 within 2-days for free. This is so convenient when it comes to last-minute plans.
I thought it would be fun to change things up a bit and step out of my sweater box and buy a flannel top. I’m so glad I did because I fell in love. The fabric is super soft, and I don’t feel restricted when it comes to movement. I’ve always had a hard time finding flannels that fit me because I have broader shoulders. This airy woven shirt is the perfect fall layer. The cloth isn’t thick so that you won’t get overheated out in the sun. I’m so amazed at how much I liked this. Sometimes, trying new things is worth it. It was perfect for walking downtown with a cup of coffee.

It’s true that Backcountry carries the best outdoor brands and products that are both technical and stylish. I’ve discovered so many new brands that I plan to purchase more from. I love the variety of my favorite items. If you do find something you love on Backcountry, you’ll have the opportunity to contribute at checkout to Backcountry and The Nature Conservancy to help support its mission of protecting the lands and waters on which all life depends. Backcountry has been a partner with The Nature Conservancy since 2008. 
Sometimes, finding our escape to nature isn’t hours away. It can be right in our backyard. Once in a while, Leo and I head ten miles up the road to one of our favorite trails to have coffee and explore. I always pack a blanket and camera equipment in my backpack.

There are so many backpacks to choose from on Backcountry. The one I have here is the Fjallraven 20L Backpack. It’s the perfect daypack, and I love the padded pocket for my laptop. It is very spacy and built durable. I love that it has two side pockets for water bottles. I keep my coffee on one side and water on the other.

Leo’s wearing the Ruffwear harness. It’s our absolute favorite! It comes in different sizes, colors, and has a pocket on the top to store things like keys, treats, doggy bags, or an emergency kit. If you’re a dog owner, you’ll be impressed with the dog-selection Backcountry has. The long Knot-A-Leash is also Ruffwear, and I love that it matches the harness. I like this leash because Leo isn’t a “puller” so it allows him to have some lead and feel like he’s roaming free without being off leash. The quality of the rope is fantastic, and it’s made well and built to last for years. 
I had many of you asking for details on some of the products from the last time I partnered up with Backcountry! I thought I’d put together a little link chart to make it easier for you! If you want more details about the products in today’s post, all of the links are available below!

Use code TARALYNN15 for 15%off your first purchase at Backcountry

FEATURED ITEMS
1. Backcountry Airy Woven Shirt
2. Yeti Limited Edition Rambler Mug
3. Patagonia Los Gatos 1/4 Zip (Shadow Blue)
4. Fjallraven Raven 20L Backpack
5. Patagonia Los Gatos 1/4 Zip (Calcium)
6. Ruffwear Knot-A-Leash
7. Backcountry Super Stretch Twill Pants
8. Ruffwear Light Harness
9. Danner Jag Hiking Boots
10. Prana Pillar Leggings
11. Coal Julietta Beanie
12. Smartwool Socks
13. Stoic Texture Knit Scoop Pullover
14. Birkenstock Arizona Soft Footbed Suede Sandal
15. Mini Patagonia Lightweight Travel Hip Pack
I want to send three readers a Coal beanie in the color of their choice! Visit Backcountry website, and comment with the Coal beanie color you’d like to win! & don’t forget to use code TARALYNN15 for 15% off your first purchase!

Questions for you!

  1. What color beanie would you like to win?
  2. What outdoor adventures do you look forward to in the fall?
  3. I want you to pick my next GOAT worthy moment! Where shall I go and what shall I do!?

Thank you so much for stopping by and reading today’s post! This post was sponsored by Backcountry, but ALL opinions are my own!

WINNERS: (I’ll be emailing you!)
GABRIELLE (Gcast****e@gmail.com)
HAYDEN S.
ALLIE (allisonb**@rog***.com)

Comments

  • Jessica Nuttall

    I love the Hunter Green!

    I look forward to lots of hiking in the fall with my dog, Savage. We try to hit as many local parks and trails as we can! Someday we will travel and hike in more state/national parks!

    Vermont! Can you imagine how beautiful this time of year?!?

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  • Emma

    I love his post! Your photos are beautiful, and you helped me find a pair of leggings. You had me sold at “there is a pocket for dog treats” 🙂 they’ll be perfect for my morning dog walks around the neighborhood. Thank you for all the recommendations!

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  • Hannah R

    My favorites are the charcoal and cream colors! They are so gorgeous, and the colors go with everything! ♥

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  • Brittney

    The purple and evergreen beanies are soooooo pretty! I love this post! It looks like so much fun!

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  • Sean

    Oh love this beanie and shopping at Backcountry! Loving the burgundy one. Fall is my favorite time of the year to hike and explore. I also love going camping at this time. Not too cold and not too hot!

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  • Brix

    Charcoal is my favorite out of all the options cause it would look great with just about every outfit in my closet! In the Fall, cider mills, apple orchards, running outdoors and seeing the myriad of colors the leaves change into during this time of year.

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  • Stafford

    The charcoal one is my favorite. I love going hiking in the UP of Michigan before it gets too cold! It’s stunning in the FALL. That leads me to the UP possibly being your next GOAT worthy moment!

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  • Alina

    I love it in Sea Blue. Gorgeous color and great beanie. Thanks for the discount code too!

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  • Casey

    I would pick the ‘sea blue’ beanie hat, such a pretty color. I love to go to farmer’s markets in the fall, purchase fall fruits & veggies, fudge, etc… Then come home and cook up some comfort food, bake something with cinnamon/nutmeg, make hot chocolate, spend time with friends or just relax. Also, I agree that fall is the best season for walking/hiking. Oh you should come to Nova Scotia and hike here! It’s beautiful in fall!

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  • latanya

    I like the Burgundy beanie.
    I vote for TN.

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  • Anonymous

    The creme colored beanie is so pretty! I’ve always loved white in the Fall and Winter. I LOVE hiking once the cooler months hit! I think it’s the perfect temperature to take my dogs out and feel one with nature. If you haven’t already been, the Teton Mountains in Jackson Hole, Wyoming are BEAUTIFUL. Something a little closer to you is also the Shenandoah National Park here in Virginia. I used to hike there all the time and it gets prettier with each visit 🙂

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  • Tara

    I love the evergreen colored beanie! It’s perfect for the Fall and Winter months, and I don’t have anything else like it. Thank you for introducing us to Backcountry. Everything on their site looks amazing!

    I LOVE hiking in the Fall. The colors are amazing; although, our leaves don’t last long around here because it gets so windy. But it is still beautiful nonetheless. It is definitely a mood booster for sure!!

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  • Erica McGraw

    The bright melon or cyan colors would be fabulous to brighten up long NH winters here! We lived in SC the past 3 years so I get what you mean about finally getting some outdoorsy weather to explore! 🙂

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  • Erica McGraw

    The bright melon or cyan colors are fabulous to brighten up long winters here in NH! 🙂 We lived inSC for the past 3 years, so I hear you on finally getting some great outdoor time!

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  • Lesley Sly

    1) I love the black beanie… I have an army green down coat for the winter and think not many other colors compliment it
    2) I love hiking, I live in Northern Michigan and feel so lucky to have to many beautiful trails nearby!
    3) You should definitely try Oregon, it’s so beautiful, fun, and full of surprising pit stops!

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  • Laura

    Love this post! Fall is the best time to hike! I like the sea blue color. My favorite fall outdoor activity would be campfires and finally being able to drink hot coffee outside without feeling miserable! Haha. You must come hike in virginia! There are several awesome locations. Lurry caverns has some beautiful trails!

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  • Tanya

    Love the Fitroy beanie colors. So pretty.
    I live in WI, we go for walks around our woods all year long. So pretty and in the winter I love to snow shoe, this would be perfect for all of it.

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  • Tara

    I want them all 🙂

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  • Jamie

    I agree with other readers and vote Colorado!
    Peppermint for the win.

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  • Brit

    red!

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  • Tracy

    Mauve & Charcoal!

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  • Tracy

    The charcoal is super cute! Also love the mauve you’re wearing 🙂

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  • Jenna

    Peppermint beanie for sure!

    I just look forward to being able to walk my dog without dying in the Florida heat.

    Go skiing, go to Copper Mountain in Colorado! I went 10 years ago and it was gorgeous and so much fun!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Is it weird that just the word “peppermint” makes me want all things christmas?! lol

      We have been looking for a ski spot! Might look into that!

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  • Elizabeth Carlson

    I live for our trips to visit my parents in upstate South Carolina – So many great hikes and outdoor activities nearby! I want allllll the Backcountry things for our trip over the holidays!

    I love the beanie in creme!

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  • Abby

    I would love the cyan or peppermint beanie! I think this post has inspired me to go for a hike this weekend… 🙂

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  • Susan Christy

    Nearly everything I own is black or gray. I’m trying to add some color to my life so I would pick Cyan.

    Hiking to the waterfalls and taking pictures of the trees and water is my favorite fall adventure!

    I’ve been wanting to zipline in the fall. It seems like such a summer thing and the atmosphere would be different in cooler weather with the fall colors. (I love fall, can you tell?)

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  • Lauren

    Love the Burgundy color! Every year for my birthday I started going hiking at a local hiking/nature reserve spot that runs along the river in my town. My birthday is around Thanksgiving so it’s a great excuse to get out and exercise after eating all that food! I plan to do it again this year with my husband and dog and am very excited :).

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  • Megan

    Your beanie color!

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  • Lena

    Really great products, you look so cute and ready to hike! I love Backcountry for their quality and name brands.

    I would choose the cyan or evergreen beanie. Thanks!

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  • Jennie

    What an inspiring post! Thank you so much for all the details – I’m super excited to go for a fall hike now 🙂

    That Evergreen beanie is gorg – but so many of them are just beautiful!

    The fall adventure I’m most looking forward to is going camping – I’ve never been in the fall, only in the spring, and that was about 20 years ago!

    For your next GOAT moment I would love to see what some of your summer adventures look like in the fall. I’ve never explored North Carolina, and your summer photos were gorg and I’d so enjoy seeing what the scenery looked like at other times of the year.

    😀

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  • Caroline

    What color beanie would you like to win? The cream beanie for sure! Love cream on blonde hair
    What outdoor adventures do you look forward to in the fall? Hiking, long training runs for my marathons, walking around town with a warm coffee in hand!
    I want you to pick my next GOAT worthy moment! Where shall I go and what shall I do!? You should totally go skiing! Boone, NC can’t be too far from Charlotte and that would be a great sponsored post! 🙂

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  • Megan Greenwood

    Hi Taralynn!
    I love the Mauve! Thank you for this post, it inspires me to research more trails and outdoor gems in my area!

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  • Alaina

    Oh! Love the sea blue!

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  • Veronica Hendrix

    Love, love, love Backcountry! Thanks for the hookup, Taralynn. I’d love the evergreen coal Julietta beanie- what a fantastic pop of color. My hubby, kiddos and I love to RV camp, or as I refer to it often “glamp”. It is so much fun to pack up the travel trailer, cook fun foods on the go and enjoy the scenery that God created. I think you and Kyle, or one of your girlfriends should rent an RV and take a road trip- maybe a state park to start off with, especially since you have access to such beautiful surroundings. That would make for a fantastic youtube adventure to film too!

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  • Sara

    I’m thinking of purchasing the pants you’re wearing. Are the scratchy at all?

    Reply to Sara
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Honestly, they are now one of the most comfortable and softest pairs of pants that I own! Not scratchy in the slightest. love them so much!

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  • Taryn

    Black! I love that black goes with everything, but I do love the Evergreen color!!!! 😍 I love seeing your travels around North Carolina! My husband and I live in NC, and enjoy hiking in the fall! 😍

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  • Carolsue

    What color beanie would you like to win? SEA BLUE
    What outdoor adventures do you look forward to in the fall? Hiking in Yosemite
    I want you to pick my next GOAT worthy moment! Where shall I go and what shall I do!? Hike in Yosemite maybe?

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  • Eya

    Hi Taralynn! Loved this post! I really like the bright melon one! It really pops out and makes any black/light outfit unique. For more subtle occasions, I also like the mauve one. I have been trying to break the black/dark pattern and these beanies would be a good start for that 🙂 Hope you are having a great fall time!
    Best,
    Eya

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  • Kyley Cunningham

    I would love a mauve beanie!!

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  • Megan

    I love the evergreen color 🙂 I am spending a week in Colorado next week and then spending 3 months in Utah after that…so I’m hoping to be doing A LOT of hiking, rock-climbing and skiing 🙂

    I absolutely loved this post…I wish I had unlimited funds to buy ALLLL the outdoor adventure clothing and accessories 🙂

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  • Courtney

    Hey Taralynn,

    The hike looked like so much fun! I am dying to go up to the mountains this fall and hike! It’s only a 2 hour drive for me as well. The leaves are just now starting to turn around here in the Charlotte area and I am loving it so much!!

    I would love to win either the mauve or cream colored beanie! Both are so pretty.

    If you ever get the chance, please travel to Ireland. It’s the most beautiful place with green landscapes as far as the eyes can see. Great views, amazing food and beautiful weather! 🇮🇪💚

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  • Sj Dc

    love the beanie in red..

    i look forward to running on the beaches as much as possible before the snow..

    and i suggest traveling to a country whose language/culture/cuisine you know very little of and throw yourself into it to let you experiences guide and teach you..al you’ll need is an open mind and zero preconceived notions..i do it annually and its the best decision ever! 🙂

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  • Jennifer

    I’ve been wanting a white (ish) colored beanie all fall, and one like yours would be perfect!

    I look forward to fall activities like pumpkin patches and apple orchards that get me outside!

    I think you should go to Colorado, or a place like Whistler, Canada for a winter adventure! 🙂

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  • Carson

    The mountains look lovely where you’re at. I just ordered the Patagonia pullover for my camping trip next weekend! Thank you for this post and I would love to win the sea blue!

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  • Tracie Cooper

    1. I would choose the Charcoal Coal Beanie! 2. I am planning a trip to Seattle area to visit my brothers and have some outdoor adventures. 3. I would love to see you take a trip to explore Oregon, as I have always wanted to go there.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      You’ll LOVE LOVE LOVE Seattle! My uncle lives there and I love seeing his photos! I need to visit! Kyle and I were talking about visiting Oregon last night.

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  • Jen

    1. I love the mauve!
    2. Running, hiking, and long walks in the fall are my favorite things. I wait all year for the crisp air and crunchy leaves 🙂
    3. I could see you going ice skating for your next adventure. It’s so fun and a different way to get a little workout in!

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  • Amanda Singleton

    I’m so torn about the colors! I love the evergreen and the sea blue.

    I cant wait to get out and hike my local trails. I’ve had an injured back for over a year and with lots of treatments am starting to feel normal again.

    I would love to see you do a dog friendly road trip! Anywhere that you and pups can go have fun!

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  • Haley

    Sea blue!

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  • Amanda

    I adore the creme and evergreen colored beanies!

    This is my first fall in my new province and I cannot get enough of hiking and also watching storms roll in on the water.

    I would love to see you go skiing so that you can motivate me to get my butt up a mountain! I’ve said I want to go skiing for years and now I live 45 minutes off a beautiful mountain with a ski resort so I have no excuse! This is the year!

    Beautiful nature photos as always, I especially look forward to these kind of posts!

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  • Cece

    1. My favorite is the burgundy beanie!
    2. Summers are crazy hot where I am, so I love being able to comfortably spend more time outdoors in the fall. Camping (with the obligatory campfire!) in the fall is wonderful. Also, just exploring new trails and taking in the beautiful fall foliage and breathing in the crisp air is lovely!
    3. You should head to Seattle! Tour the coffee shops and go do some hikes at Mt. Rainier, then go wade in the ocean. 🙂

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  • April Sage

    I love the evergreen and charcoal colors! Great with any outfit!! Would be great sitting by the fire pit making s’mores too!
    Your next GOAT worthy moment should definitely be going to Disneyland Paris and wearing all this snuggly things ❤️❤️

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  • Danielle

    I would love the charcoal beanie! I have been trying to find a good beanie for the winter and this looks perfect! My favorite fall activities are going to festivals, street fairs, wineries, and hiking!

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  • Catherine

    I love all their colors, but the burgundy has fall written all over it! And goes well with a lot of different styles and colors.

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  • Bri

    I would go with mauve!! Now that we have a camper, I want to carry our spring and summer fun into the fall!!! You should come visit MT! 🙂

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  • Heather

    During the winter I tend to wear a lot of dark colors despite loving bright colors!! I would pick the sea blue or bright melon!

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  • Jen D

    Hi Taralynn!
    1. Burgundy!
    2. I live in Monterey so being outside in this area is always beautiful! I like going on walks
    3. You should go to Yosemite!! Have your brother meet you!

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  • Sarah

    the mauve and creme are too cute!

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  • Maria Dominguez

    It’s not yet beanie season here in Las Vegas butttt the pink one you had one is so cute!

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  • Brooklyn Murtaugh

    Ooooh the burgundy or charcoal beanie colors are my favorite!

    Speaking of products, I like all of the products in this post (that mug is so perfect) but I absolutely LOVE the fanny pack. People have always made fun of me for my love of fanny packs haha, but they are just so convenient! I love them.

    http://www.justbeingbrooklyn.com

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  • Megan

    1. I would love the Creme!
    2. Hiking, for sure! Long walks in general, going to see the waterfalls in the Portland outskirts, kicking through the leaves, picking apples!
    3. You should come up here to the Pacific Northwest! Oregon is my home and the proximity to nature is AMAZING. We have incredibly festive fall weather and endless hiking trails – forests, mountains, rivers (a hiker’s dream)!

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  • Keli B.

    I would choose Creme, Charcoal, or Mauve. I love hiking in the fall!

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  • Cori

    I love the sea blue!! Thanks!

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  • Sami

    I’d love the mauve beanie!

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  • Sami

    I love the mauve beanie!

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  • Sami

    I love the white beanie:)

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  • Megan

    I would definitely pick the evergreeen color! Now that it is finally getting cooler I can’t wait to go on some camping trips and hikes up in the mountains! It has been just too miserable with all the heat we have had in Charlotte! I want to hit all of NCs waterfall hikes and find a cool area to try bouldering and rock climbing or rapelling, I think there are so good places in the state and that would definitely be a GOAT adventure to try!

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  • Nicole B

    sea blue <3

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  • Katie Meshko

    Happy Monday! This hike looks like SO. MUCH. FUN!! I especially love the shot of you drinking coffee with that amazingly beautiful background!
    XO, Katie | http://www.meshkomoments.com

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  • Jen

    1. What color beanie would you like to win? Mauve, I love the light purple!
    2. What outdoor adventures do you look forward to in the fall? Hiking and bonfires with s’mores! 🙂
    3. I want you to pick my next GOAT worthy moment! Where shall I go and what shall I do!? Italy, there is so much to see and do. Especially Rome and the Amalfi coast.

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  • Jen

    The charcoal beanie would be ideal. I need a good basic neutral beanie to go with everything!
    I look forward to so much! Corn mazes, hikes, 5Ks, the Renaissance Faire, bonfires, long walks… 🙂
    I think a GOAT worthy event would be a trip to NYC for the holidays! There’s something about Christmas in the city that is unlike any other atmosphere.

    Loved this post and all the items!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thanks, Jen!

      Ahhh you named all the amazing parts of fall 😃

      Lol we’ve been talking about it! It’s a dream of mine to be in NYC during December!

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  • Erin

    I like the white!

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  • Alena

    The color beanie I would like to win is sea blue!
    I always look forward to hikes in the fall. I love them during the warmer weather too but there’s something different to it when it’s fall.
    I just came back from Chicago and it was such a beautiful city! You should head there and eat all the food and soak up the amazing architecture!
    Hope I win xox

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    • Kesley

      I remember your Chicago days! Whatever happened to that one guy you were dating at the time?

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      • Taralynn McNitt

        Haha! Oh, the Chicago days. Well, we broke up five years ago and never talked to each other again. haha 😆

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        • Allie

          Yeah… sometimes with a breakup? You just need to cut the cord and move on to better happiness that is the future 😊. You seem so much more confident and supported now. ❤️ Like you two just mesh it seems, if that doesn’t sound too silly?

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          • Taralynn McNitt

            I was just so young in that relationship and we had NOTHING in common! lol, That doesn’t sound silly at all and I think that’s the best word to describe us. Kyle and I definitely mesh so well and he makes me incredibly happy 😊 Thank you for the kind words, Allie! xo xo

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      I agree! ❤️ 🍁
      I actually lived in the Chicago area for a little over a year! xo

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  • Lauren

    The mauve is definitely my favorite beanie! I’m planning on going hiking in big bear, ca with my boyfriend next month for my birthday! Can’t wait to explore s different side of California 🙂

    I’d say your next GOAT worthy moment should be Prague! I just got back yesterday. It’s truly a beautiful city with tons of history, architecture, and lots of walking!

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  • Deb

    Love this post!

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  • Samantha

    1. Love a classic black beanie
    2. I like a simple walk to see the leaves change colors.
    3. I am a fan of any hike. There aren’t many trails around where I live but there are a ton throughout PA!

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  • Robin Dupre

    I would love to win the melon beanie!! I the fall I always look forward to the leaves changing colors and falling! And got chocolate by the fire 🙂 your next GOAT worthy moment should be in Australia!

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  • Julie

    1. I LOVE the Burgundy color.
    2. I’m a wimp about colder weather, but I do love taking a walk on a warmer day and enjoying the turning colors of the trees.
    3. Girl, all of your moments are GOAT worthy to me! But good luck picking your next one. 🙂

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  • Jacqui German

    I looooove the Creme beanie – it would go with any coat I own, which is a LOT of coats 😛 Happy Monday!

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  • Allie

    Ooops forgot to ask which colour you’re wearing as gorgeous! Hard to see on websites so love seeing you actually wearing one 😊… colour choices so hard!! Also I love my birkenstocks so awesome choice! I have same ones your wearing in dark brown and then, I forget style name but have the one toe strap ones and I live in them both… when I was a teenager we always wore ones like your wearing with big socks and our school uniforms all year long 😂

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  • Allie

    Omg so just spent ages and love allll the beanies!!! Single momdom I lose mine to my kiddo 🤷🏻‍♀️😏… he’s 11 going on teenager 😳 but my best little buddy. Therefore I’d say I’d love to win neon pink or neon melon… love the mustard and grey… see I’m awful at choices as can never decide. But you always look adorable so I’d love to win any colour you think is cute 😍. I’m front Toronto so my fav fall activity is to go to my parents cottage in Muskoka and go hiking through the gorgeous fall colours… and Halloween!! So excited and I always dress up to take my kiddo out and dress up our dog to give out candy. He’s being a lion again this year as the kids loved him last year so super cute. I think you should have an awesome time with your bf giving out candy and dressing up😊🎃🧡🎃🧡🎃🧡 Happy Halloween and thanks for awesome giveaway as always. Your recaps are my fav part of Monday’s xo

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      CONGRATS ON WINNING! PLEASE LOOK OUT FOR AN EMAIL!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Allie!

      Sounds like you have a great kid! ♥️ The melon is a great choice!

      Wow, I bet it so gorgeous in the fall in Toronto!

      xoxo have a great Halloween!

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      • Allie

        Thank you!! Yeah the colours are what gets me through the weather change 😌. I got this cool light projection thing last year after Halloween on sale so front of house has moving coloured Halloween faces so the little guy sooo excited!! I love seeing the kids all dresses up. And my giant baby dog (rescue golden whose over 80 pounds but such a baby) adores seeing all the kids. My little chihuahua? Can’t trust her with kids in costume as too scary for her!! But the big boy will deal with a costume if he gets kid pets 💗😏.

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  • Ann

    I am obsessed with the color you choose!! Love that soooo much!!!

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  • Alyssa Schwabeland

    1.) I would love the beanie you are wearing! That color is gorgeous! And so cute!
    2.) I look forward to hiking at hocking hills and checking out a ton of pumpkin patches
    3.) you should go on a glacier cruise in Alaska! So beautiful!!!! ♥️♥️

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  • Alison

    The Evergreen color is so pretty!

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  • Miriam

    Love this post so much! I am in love with the evergreen color. Hikes and long walks with my dog have to be my favorite fall activitiy too! It truly doesn’t matter where you go because when it’s fall, it’s beautiful everywhere.
    I don’t know if there are any around you, but waterfalls are absolutely stunning in the fall! Maybe you can find one! 🙂

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  • Katie Courkamp

    I love the Mauve color! It can be a good pop of color with my darker colored jackets!
    I look forward to walks in the fall!
    COLORADO! To ski or snowboard or snowshoe!

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  • Emily G

    Ooh I love the sea blue!

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  • Jenna

    Is it just the Julietta style, or any style? If it’s any, I love their Uniform SE Beanie in Charcoal. If it’s the Julietta, I love the Charcoal one in that too! Backcountry is the best.

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  • Gabrielle

    I love the Pisgah Forest and blue ridge parkway! It’s where we evacuated to during Hurricane Florence, it was an amazing way to keep calm during a stressful situation. You’re so right about how nature is what should really be distracting us from our everyday stressors!

    1. I love the beanies, they’re so cute. I am torn between grey and sea blue!
    2. I also agree about NC fall! This summer was too hot to go outside with my newborn. Now that it has cooled off, our favorite thing is to go on walks or for a run in the jogging stroller! I am from the north so being able to keep active through the colder months is the absolute best, and one of my favorite parts of living down south now.
    3. The person I stayed with in Asheville said there was great rock climbing there, as well as some gyms you could practice at first. I’ve always wanted to try. That could definitely be something worth considering for your next adventure!

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  • Heather Jelinek

    I ADORE the Burgundy Colored Beanie!! It’s perfect for Fall and Winter! But Everything on Back Country’s page is AMAZING! Perfect Outdoors One Stop Shop! 🙂

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  • Hayden Slaughter

    I LOVE the pink color on the beanie! Great for us dark haired girls.

    I love camping in the fall. We just went to Cherokee Village up in North Alabama. And it was amazing. We camped right on a cliff and it has the most amazing views!

    You should 100% visit there for your next adventure!

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  • Liz

    That light purple beanie is so cute on you!
    I love all the bright colors, but I know I’d wear charcoal way more:)

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  • Rebecka

    Hi Taralynn!
    1. Burgundy!
    2. My husband and I have been visiting as many state parks as possible this fall! So far, we’ve hiked 11!
    3. Hmm, have you ever thought about doing a weekend language immersion class? Concordia College in Minnesota has adult language weekends I think! Might be really fun!

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  • Alyssa

    I would love to wear the bright melon beanie! It’s a bright and cheerful color! 😊

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  • Victoria Lemieux

    I love their gray one I wish they made one in oatmeal! This also has to be one of my favorite posts from you!!!! We are getting more into trails with our kids (we live in Maine so it’s getting pretty cold here). Ty for all the links to the gear!!!!

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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    I’m in dire need of a hike right now! Fall really is so beautiful, and there’s no better way to admire it than a walk with nature! 🙂 The charcoal beanie is my favourite – would be so wonderful if I won it! Thank you Taralynn! ❤️❤️

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hiking always has a way of turning our days around!

      Have a great day, Charmaine! Thanks for always stopping by with your sweet and positive comments! xo

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  • Pam

    I would love the heather brown beenie. So cute.

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  • Kaylin

    I like the red and gray beanies the most.

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  • Sara

    Love all the items in this post! Would love the charcoal Coal Beanie- it would go with everything!

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  • Hannah

    I love the color you’re wearing!

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