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We visited this great museum and performing arts center on our last day in the Blue Ridge. The Midday Mountain Music at the Blue Ridge Music Center is a daily feature of the Crooked Road, Virginia’s Musical Heritage Trail located in Galax (milepost 213). We heard some great bluegrass music by the duo of Willard, Read More

I mentioned to Cheryl that I wasn’t keen on returning home until the leaves had started turning and we could drive home through some Fall scenery. Thanks to a week’s delay and some colder weather over the last few days, I was granted my wish. We are driving North on the Blue Ridge Parkway and the, Read More

I’ve always had a fascination with waterfalls. Long hikes at school camps were always that much better if lunch was taken by the side of a mountain stream or waterfall. The recent storm that passed by the East Coast plus the day of rain over the weekend have replenished water supplies to the many, Read More

Rafting on the Nantahala River Cheryl has many times described the fun she had in Arizona on a 4 day rafting trip down the Colorado River when she was in her twenties. So when we drove along the side of the Ocoee River last Sunday, she wasn’t any longer going to be put off repeating, Read More

Photographs of the amazing Smoky Mountains. Click on any image thumbnail below to open full screen image carousel.

The Smoky Mountains were aptly named. We’ve seen some wonderful views, showing the layers of blue mountains. Here are some of our favorites. Click on any image thumbnail below to open full screen image carousel.

Serendipity. Couldn’t have planned this in a million years. Looking for Bluegrass venues and we found one in the outskirts of Nashville. It calls itself ‘Larry’s Grand Ole Garage’ and was started in 2000 as an ‘Acoustic Only’ Bluegrass location running weekly concerts with a wide international following (we are told) via their live, Read More

What an amazing evening we had. The party for the Grand Ole Opry’s 90th Birthday was fantastic. Our top picks of the evening: The yodeling of Riders in the Sky; the humor and singing of Bobby Osbourne & The Rocky Top X-Press; the Old Crow Medicine Show band who played our favorite, “Wagon Wheels”; Little, Read More

We are really enjoying the Nashville scene.The most amazing and different thing we saw was a tavern running on bicycle power! The picture on the right has a driver and a barkeep, otherwise, the 8 guys are peddling to make the car go. We saw them turn a corner, and they all had to stand, Read More

We didn’t know it but Maggie, my sister-in-law, has her own valley in Tennessee. There’s Maggie’s Gifts, Maggie’s Garage, Maggie’s Restaurants, well, you get the picture. Click on any image thumbnail below to open full screen image carousel.

You’ve got to love this little vehicle we are traveling in! We climbed out of Maggie Valley on Hwy19 headed for a little campground claiming some of the best views in the area. After a short stretch on the BRP (Blue Ridge Parkway) we exited as directed and stopped a few minutes looking up, Read More

In the NW corner of the Smoky Mountains National Park there is a beautiful valley known as Cades Cove that was settled early on in the history of the USA. A lot of the original homesites have been preserved by the National Park Service. We took a beautiful 2 hour tour by car; visited,, Read More

Every few days, we have the task of finding a new ‘parking spot’. So far we’ve stayed in a variety of different types of campsites. Sometimes they are exquisite. Sometimes, we feel like sardines. We are fortunate that we can survive without electricity / water / sewer hookups for several days so this gives, Read More

We were steered by a local to visit the Cedar Apple Barn in Cosby,TN. All fruit and vegetables are  grown on the hillside overlooking the Smoky Mountain foothills. Click on any image thumbnail below to open full screen image carousel.  

Most of you know how zealous I am about animals of all kinds. But my love of dogs goes so deep, I cannot pass one up and not say hello. Whether it’s on a street, a park, a trail, or in the neighborhood, I just have to stop. I often have doggie treats with, Read More

We’ve taken to traveling off the beaten path more and more and are always having our GPS give us alternate (slower but more interesting) routes. Here are a few places we stumbled on when traveling South. 09-16 Lexington, VA The picture of the Constitution sign is for Ebby Malmgren. We have had many discussions about art, politics and, Read More

  Our first big hike of the trip was to the Natural Bridge in Virginia. A meandering path lead to a 300 ft. bridge made of rock. There used to be a train across it, but it is now just kept as a natural treasure. We were amazed at the scale of the rock formation so, Read More

We’re off on our excursions, ready for adventure! A new chapter in our lives. We hope you enjoy the words and pictures from our travels. Our first trip is to the Smoky Mountain National Park starting September 2015 in our 24 foot long Roadtrek CS Adventurous class ‘B’ motorhome.