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After a few years of living in Maui, I returned to my roots in the deep South. Em’s on the Road began as a vehicle for documenting what captured me during my rediscovery of my home region and my study of historic preservation. I have wandered throughout the South capturing both characteristic and rare attributes of the region and sharing the beautiful, weird, and unique places I discovered along the way.

Traveling abroad is wonderful. I will get on an airplane at the drop of a hat if I can swing it; however, budgets and schedules don’t always allow for jet-setting. If my immersion back into the South and preservation studies taught me anything, it is that there is a lot to see and celebrate in the United States. Every city has a unique story and identity…. something that makes people care about it and stand out from the crowd. That is what I want to show at Em’s on the Road- cities and small towns with one of a kind businesses, buildings, and people with a story.

“There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.”
― Jack KerouacOn the Road

All of the images at Em’s on the road are my own (except where noted).  I often feature the work of my talented husband Ryan Hines. Check out his work on instagram and youtube.  Please give credit where credit is due.  Thanks for stopping by!


  • Kaitlin

    Hi, I found your blog through mine, and so glad I did. I knew I’d like your blog as soon as I saw the header of the barn and farm building. Looking forward to your posts.

  • mimerajver

    Hi. I’m visiting your website and blog at your aunt’s suggestion (Catharine). She’s right. It’s thoroughly enjoyable and refreshing. Congratulations on your creativity and best of luck in the path you’ve chosen.
    Marta Merajver-Kurlat

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