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…

This week’s WordPress photo challenge is entitled: Tour Guide and asks “What do you love about where you live? Show us!”  As I commute home this time of year, the clear air gives me a great view of the Smoky Mountains looking directly at the peak…

“I wrote some lines once on a time In wondrous merry mood, And thought, as usual, men would say They were exceeding good.” – The Height of the Ridiculous, Oliver Wendell Holmes There was no small energy expended Saturday fretting over publishing a new post…

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…

Snatches from Billy Joel’s song  “The Piano Man” came to mind as we fell in line behind the other cars queueing up at the Cades Cove Loop Road gate.  The “crowd shuffling in” song lyrics didn’t fit the happy story of our day, but Billy Joel…

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…

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…

On the first Saturday of the new year 2016, Doug and I found ourselves joining a line of cars waiting to get into Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. We were hoping to have one of those spectacular winter sunrises that would…