Our daughter and son-in-law had an out-of-town soccer tournament with their oldest, so we had a chance to host Madelyn this past weekend.  Her birthday was two days earlier and we promised her a day of belated celebration.  A picnic in the Smokies sounded the…

Last January (2017), Marcy and I enjoyed a day trip to the Hiwassee River Sandhill Crane Festival hosted in the little town of Birchfield, Tennessee. Along with Marcy and me, there were hundreds of other bird watchers queued up at the local high school to…

We saw pictures of a beautifully frozen Bald River Falls the other day and figured we might drive over on Saturday to get our own pictures. The thermometer was showing 5 degrees in the early morning and we talked ourselves out of that, but we…

A very different Thanksgiving! Our children and their families were unable to join us for the traditional Thanksgiving dinner because they were enjoying the day with their in-laws. Knowing that I would probably feel a little glum and lonely, I thought it would be the…

We enjoyed yet another Saturday fall outing, this time to the Barter Theatre, 140 miles away in Abingdon, Virginia.  It is the last weekend in October and we are still seeing bright and dry conditions with temperatures in the 80s.  I think we’ve had just…

The Appalachian Development Highway System is a network of road improvements in the eastern mountains designed to provide safe and reliable transportation to and through undeveloped areas.  The system is segmented into corridors which trace routes through particular regions.  Corridor K of this system bears…

Scroll down to see the picture gallery and YouTube video.  The third weekend in October has become Smoky Mountain Cabin weekend for us.   Considering that this is just a 3-day retreat, we mount a pretty significant packing effort, complete with an espresso maker and our…

Well, it’s not Venice or Amalfi or any other exotic place, but I’ve decided that it is our beautiful Smokey Mountains, right here close to home, where I am happiest! Doug and I enjoyed a Fathers Day evening picnic in Cades Cove…best scenery I’ve seen…