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5 Reasons to Visit Sumter This Summer

An historic opera house playing $1 movies, a free music concert series the fourth Friday of each month, and lots of great places to eat and shop make Sumter, South Carolina a place to visit this summer. Halfway between the beach and the state capital along a scenic route through the state, Sumter is easy […]

O’Dammit looked at the crowd and with a big smile on his bearded face shouted “Bottoms up!” A moment later that familiar burn of a good moonshine slid down my throat and filled my mouth with that airy after effect. Our entertaining and enlightening host grinned from ear to ear as he watched our reactions […]

A group of men, women, and children stood in a field of wildflowers on a chilly day in early May. The women in their long flowing dresses and men with their musket rifles watched as a surveyor set up his equipment. The air was quiet, almost too quiet, in this peaceful mountain valley. It’s hard […]

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina is like a sister city to Charleston just across the harbor. Anchoring one end of the infamous Ravenel Bridge, Mount Pleasant has lots of fun and exciting things to do; fine dining, outdoor recreation, and amazing sunset views. It’s one of my favorite places to visit in South Carolina, rivaling even […]

I felt like I had been driving along the two-lane forest service road for hours, but it had only been fifteen minutes. Some friendly locals in Tellico Plains told me I couldn’t miss the waterfall even through the lush vegetation surrounding it. So I just kept driving slowly around each curve in the road until, […]

My Favorite Time of Any Day in Cades Cove

The long chain of cars slowly inched along the paved loop road the exit, inching forward a few feet at time, like a deck hand reeling in the anchor. The chain of cars moved so slowly it was possible to have short conversations. “Getting anything good?” some would ask, nodding toward my two cameras on […]

There are so many amazing places to hike on the Appalachian Trail, but what if you just don’t have the time? While the AT is known for its remoteness in nature it is also easily accessible at the thousands of road crossings. These three locations in Northeast Tennessee are great places to strike out for […]

A massive wind storm toppled nearly every tree in the area hundreds of years ago, leaving only the stumps behind that made early visitors think of tombstones. Then in 1925 an intense fire burned through the area and the local flora has been slowly recovering ever since. These natural events and two beautiful waterfalls have […]

A large sign welcomes visitors to the “Highest Elevation on the Blue Ridge Parkway Motor Road”. At 6,053′ above sea level the Richland Balsam Overlook is the highest point on the entire Parkway and provides a stunning view of the lower mountain landscapes surrounding the peak. Take a selfie with the sign, enjoy a picnic, […]

The Cowee Mountain Overlook is one of the most stunning overlooks on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Located near Richland Balsam, the highest point on the Parkway, Cowee Mountain offers an uninterrupted panorama view of the local mountain landscapes. It’s a favorite spot for sunset photos, day trips, or people just passing through. But it will […]