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We spent the morning relaxing at the campground. Andrew and I cooked up a quick breakfast of scrambled eggs and toast, and we discussed our plans for the day. I thought it might be nice to have a picnic lunch up at Chimneys Picnic Area. After lunch, anyone who felt up for it could do the nature loop from there, which is supposed to be 1.1 miles. We thought this might be a good plan because it would be inclusive to everyone in the group, even if they didn't feel up for a hike. The kids and Andrew took it easy playing some video games that don't require internet (the kids brought the Switch along for the road trip). I drove down to the E and F loop and hung out with Colleen, Gene, and Carol ... read more
Rainy Afternoon in the Great Smoky Mountains
Setting Out on Cove Mountain Trail
Cataract Falls


Andrew’s aunt and uncle are arriving later today. Paul drove their Tesla to Knoxville to power up at a super charger station there. Colleen opted to stay at the campsite to help set up for Gene and Carol’s arrival. So, it was just Andrew, the kids, and me. There was one tough trail I wanted to hike: Alum Cave Trail. I didn’t think Paul would be up for such a strenuous hike, so it seemed like the perfect morning for us to hike it. We filled our Cambelbaks and set out for the trailhead. We stopped at Sugarland Visitor’s Center along the way (which is super crowded, by the way! It’s difficult to get a parking spot). The Great Smoky Mountains is unique compared to other national parks that we’ve been to in that it’s free ... read more
Starting Our Trek to Alum Caves
Snake at Great Smoky Mountains
Hiking Alum Cave Trail


Tubing is an adventure! This is something I’d heard about from my mother-in-law, who is a Texan. I think it’s common to go tubing in rivers where she’s from. Me, I’d never heard of such a thing before I’d met Andrew. When I read up on Elkmont Campground at the Great Smoky Mountains, I read something about how people tube down the Little River there. There are videos on YouTube, and it looks to be a lot of fun. Our campsite is right on the Little River, so I was excited to try it! You need to bring your own tubes for tubing. For Christmas, I got river tubes for my mother-in-law and the kids. I also got the kids some life vests. So, we were prepared! Or so we thought. As it turns out, there ... read more
Trying to Tube by the E loop at Elkmont Campground
Tubing the Little River
Andrew and Jo, Tubing the Little River at Elkmont


The most common way to see the fireflies at Elkmont is to enter the lottery. Because the natural phenomenon is so incredibly popular, the National Parks Service has started limiting the number of people into the area each year. They block off the entrance to Elkmont campground, and the only way to get in is to win the lottery. If you win, you get to park at the Sugarland Visitor Center in the Great Smoky Mountains, and they will shuttle you into Elkmont. If you don't win, you can still hike around other areas of the park and see some fireflies. They probably won't be the synchronous kind. Even if they are, they won't be as plentiful as they are at Elkmont. Elkmont seems to have the perfect viewing conditions, and it's the ideal place to ... read more


Our campsite at Elkmont in the Great Smoky Mountains is absolutely stunning. It sits right on Little River. We strung a hammock on the trees overlooking the river and have been enjoying relaxing to the sound of the little rapids below. The campsites don’t have electricity or running water, although there are bathrooms in each numbered loop that have running, potable water. We take a short hike there to fill up our water bottles and jugs, and it’s nice to be able to use real restrooms instead of an outhouse. Unfortunately, there are no heated showers. For Christmas, my siblings got me a solar shower I’d asked for. It seems to work well. There’s not a lot of direct sun at our campsite (something I’m grateful for), but our solar shower still reached 92 degrees after ... read more
The Little River from our Campsite
Our Camping Hammock Overlooks Little River
Ready to View the Synchronous Fireflies

North America » United States » Tennessee » Nashville May 30th 2019

Hello Again Everyone We spent 2 nights 1 day in Nashville Tennesee. Nashville is full of beautiful Magnolia bushes it was a delight to See. We hopped on a on and off Trolley(bus) as we know it,and saw the city it was great. Seeing where all the famous musicians recorded their albums. Spent time in the morning talking to some lovely Americans and swapped stories of our country. Tommorrow we go to The Ark in Kentucky. Speak to you soon KS... read more
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I don’t even know where to begin. The good or the bad. Let’s start with the good...better way to begin the day. “Start Your Engines!” Set your time machine to Wednesday, May 22nd. Work on PP is progressing nicely. We are awe-struck with the work that has been done! Our old Norcold refrigerator is out & our new residential Whirlpool refrigerator is in. WOW. It’s like we died and went to refrigerator heaven. It’s beautiful and SO big! It is a side by side with ice maker (on inside). The amount of room in it is like a walk-in industrial refrigerated cooler. When you open the door, the interior lights explode with brilliance. We have to shield our eyes and wear sunglasses to peer in. I’m squealing with delight thinking about ALL the groceries I can ... read more
Our new refrigerator
Our old one out...new one in
New front TV, broken antenna, frame to old TV

North America » United States » Tennessee » Gatlinburg March 17th 2019

Hello TravelBlog community! This is my first blog on this site, and I figured I would kick it off with something close to home- My weekend trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee! Gatlinburg, Tennessee: Spring 2019 Growing up in Tennessee, as early as I can remember, my family and I has spent at least one week out of every year vacationing in Gatlinburg. It was always my favorite week out of the year! Now that I am older, the family tradition has died down, but every now and then, my wife and I will still carry it on and snag a weekend getaway at a cabin. Every time we have been to Gatlinburg, we have fallen for the tourist traps and never strayed away from the familiar, however, this year we decided to shake things up a little ... read more

North America » United States » Tennessee » Mount Juliet October 10th 2018

Note from yesterday: after going out for supper yesterday evening, my step total was 14,925...and that was with riding the Tube as much as we did. Of course, we have discovered to our horror that riding the Tube, by definition, means walking up and down TONS of steps! Well, it all had to end after all. We had a trip of a lifetime for sure. Our planned and scheduled trip with CIE was more than we had hoped for. The trip was well planned, and all the folks that we traveled with on the tour were very congenial, and very punctual which is always a plus. Our extra days on our own were very special too. I think we have gotten a good feel for England—it’s ancient sites right up to its newest architecture. We have ... read more
John waiting for our meal
Building we saw on our walk last night
Victoria Station after dark

North America » United States » Tennessee » Memphis September 29th 2018

Today we drove to Memphis. We left, as usual, 3 hours past the time we thought we would, but the drive was beautiful. It was sunny and 71 degrees. Once we got through the Arkansas mountains, it was all flat cotton fields as far as the eye could see. The cotton looked ready to be picked with the full, fluffy branches. Neither of us had been down this way in years so it was neat to see again. We drove most of the way with the windows half down. We stopped in Jonesboro, Arkansas (population around 67,000) at a small Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market so Kamie could use the bathroom and he grabbed a hot dog at the deli. He’s a cheap date - $1 hot dog with free mustard. 😊 We sorta fell in love with ... read more
Green Elevator
Fireplace
The Pyramid




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