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North America » United States » Tennessee » Knoxville March 19th 2021

Tennessee was cloudy and cooler today. We headed into Knoxville for a walking tour of downtown and some shopping. We had a nice lunch at an outdoor patio. Leo was entertained by the people and other pups and learned to chill and relax while we ate. We went to Knox Whiskey Works for a tasting flight of an assortment of beverages. Sriracha got to do some city driving to our next stop, Ijams Park. We did a loop to check out the trails along the river boardwalk. The rock formations show bending of the layers of rock along the river as well as some caves. Leo was happy to be hiking again! We took a quick stop at another park for some geocaching and then we headed back to our Knoxville headquarters to watch some of ... read more
Knoxville Ijams

North America » United States » Tennessee » Knoxville March 18th 2021

Today started with a cloudy cool day. We took a short drive and began the day with a trip to Hammer's in Clinton to see if we could find any shopping deals. We had a quick lunch and then it was out to do some more hiking. We headed to House Mountain Wildlife Area. This was the park recommended by our waiter last night. It was his favorite park when he was a kid. The trail starts at the base of the mountain. It is a standalone outcropping just east of Knoxville. The trail was rocky and had water flowing in places from all the rain yesterday and overnight. We hiked up the west trail that was rocky and steep in places. Leo led the way up the trail. At the top there was a view ... read more
House Mountain State Wildlife Area Tennessee
House Mountain State Wildlife Area Tennessee
House Mountain State Wildlife Area Tennessee

North America » United States » Tennessee » Knoxville March 14th 2021

We are staying at a nice home in a very hilly neighborhood in Knoxville suburbs. Spacious and lovely with a large open living area. We are able to spread out and relax after our day trips and adventures.... read more
Knoxville Headquarters

North America » United States » Tennessee » Knoxville December 19th 2020

Where did I go this weekend? Here are a few hints: a smokey dog, an iconic checkerboard, and a unique shade of orange. Still stumped? Before I tell you, let's keep it real for a minute. I saw a headline through the windows of the journalism building this morning that scared me: “AP News: New Covid-19 Strain Spreads Faster Than Previous Versions.” My heart stopped, wondering if I was unknowingly taking part in a new disaster movie. Much of 2020 has felt that way. But it’s not the disaster movie we all expected; most of us take precautions while others act like nothing is out of the ordinary. We’ve even got a new pair of vaccines being rolled out just in time for the holidays. But that doesn’t mean that everything has gone back to normal, ... read more
Harrison Bailey, freshman starting QB for Tennessee
At least some of the cheerleaders were there
Some juicy brisket (and tots) at Calhoun's BBQ in Knoxville

North America » United States » Tennessee » Knoxville October 21st 2020

We packed up the Mike's Tahoe in the morning and met with Jenn, Maw, and Nathan at the house before heading to the Knoxville airport. Mike and Kirby stayed with Grayson and Ellie to pack up the campers so we said our goodbyes the night before. It was sad to say goodbye to the house we stayed at because Donna and Kirby made it so comfortable to stay at. They had all of our favorite coffee ready along with snacks for the girls and breakfast for everyone right there in the kitchen area, plus there was a kids play kitchen that kept Vivi and Rosie constantly entertained. Driving away back through Alcoa (where all the aluminum cans are made) we said our goodbyes to the great state of Tennessee and it's very different way of life. ... read more
Mike and Steve’s families
Cousin Crew

KNOXVILLE The Department of Energy got underway as a branch of the Tennessee Valley Authority beginning in about 1940. The Manhattan Project, in which we developed the atomic bomb, originated at the Oak Ridge Laboratory outside of Knoxville. Science and Energy have always been a big deal around those parts, and the locals quietly take a good deal of pride in it. The engineers at Oak Ridge started out using carbon as the primary source of energy to drive the burgeoning nuclear program. In due course of scientific trial and error they deduced that carbon, as coal, did not produce the rapid release of energy needed for the nuclear trigger to detonate an atomic bomb. Carbon did, however, perform admirably enough as a source of power in dry cell batteries. It has provided a cheap, reliable ... read more

North America » United States » Tennessee » Knoxville September 29th 2019

My son shares my wanderlust, always asking to travel to new places and see new things. Living in Knoxville, TN, we are right on I-40, one of the interstates that cuts across the entire country, east to west. We've always talked about getting on I-40 and "just driving 'til it ends." We're finally doing it! Due to limited time, we're only driving one way. On Oct 8, we fly from Knoxville to L.A. where I've booked the Treehouse Airbnb for 2 nights. From there, it's on to Flagstaff, AZ; Albuquerque, NM; Amarillo, TX; Oklahoma City, OK; Memphis, TN back home to Knoxville! We'll be regularly updating this page with photos and stories to share with friends and family interested in our journey. Can't wait to see new sites and build new memories!... read more

North America » United States » Tennessee » Knoxville May 24th 2018

Right now, we have so many plans that our plans have plans. We have packing lists, checklists, and to do lists. (And you already know that we’re pathologically organized.) But having a plan – or plans – when you’re going away for five months is critical. So – how do you go about planning a trip like this – and why? Here are some considerations. · The basics. What do you really want to see or do? Question 1: what do you want to do? Question 2: where will you do it? Question 3: when? And Question 4: what do you need to do to make it happen? For example, the salmon spawning (i.e. fishing) season is short and changes with the type of salmon, the tide, the moon, and the year. If you want to ... read more
Compact Living
Maggie's House
Alternate Transportation

Tom and I are now about 70 years old, and this summer are heading north for our second trip to Canada, Alaska, and the western “lower 48”. We’ve recently traded our trusty 2004 Lance truck camper and Dodge truck for a 28 foot Phoenix Cruiser motorhome, so prep work this time involves getting a new recreational vehicle (RV) set up and equipped. Tom does the techy stuff; I do the kitchen, bath and décor stuff. Maggie is purely decorative. It’s worked pretty well so far. Current plans call for us to drive to Canada through Michigan and travel west on the Trans-Canada Highway. We’ll be able to explore the northern coast of Lake Superior and visit Manitoba and Saskatchewan, which we haven’t visited yet, as well as Alberta. We’ll catch the Alaska Highway at its Dawson ... read more

Hi guys: We have finally kicked off our 2018 Great America Road Trip. We conceived this idea back in January when I closed the purchased of a new Acura RDX. We have a tradition of breaking in our new vehicles with a fun and exciting road trip. The first two were in Europe followed by trip to Massachusetts in 2016 in my new Nissan Rogue. I had many ideas for this trip including a drive all the way to Yellowstone and Mount Rushmore. Finally we decided that if we drove too far the return trip would be difficult. So, we decided on a North-South drive estimated to be approximately 2800 miles with visits to cities which we have yet to visit together in the past. Plus, our next door neighbors in Atlanta, Charlie and Sharon Trense, ... read more
Knoxville-First Stop
Knoxville-First Stop
Knoxville-First Stop

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