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 […]

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 […]

That Time I Was Almost Stranded Atop a Dam in a Snow Storm

One very cold February day a winter storm rolled across the Appalachian Mountain of Northeast Tennessee. At first a light flurry drifted across the landscape, but quickly developed into a furious snow storm. A few hours later the snowfall slackened, and a few minutes after that I was out the door with my camera gear […]

Eating Local at the Pancake Pantry in Gatlinburg, TN

It took 50 minutes to get a table at the Pancake Pantry on a chilly autumn morning. You might think that’s crazy but the atmosphere, friendly staff, fast service, and amazing food was worth every minute. When I left an hour after getting a table I was energized and ready to spend my day in […]

After finding my seat inside The Incline Railway car I noticed I was at a slightly awkward launch position, almost laying on my back even though I was sitting upright in my seat. But just a few minutes after the railway car began the mile-long climb up a thousand feet to the top of Lookout […]

It has been almost a year since I spent an amazing week in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It was a fun-filled week with day trips outside the friendly city, outdoor adventures throughout the area, enjoyed some fantastic food, and met some great people. Now, a year later, I miss this place a little everyday and secretly I […]

A Day at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga

I love aquariums. I have visited amazing aquariums all across the country. But I was unprepared for the shock and awe when I approached the massive pyramid-shaped building on a bluff high above the Tennessee River in downtown Chattanooga.

During a ten-day stay in Chattanooga I visited Point Park three times and each time I was treated to a different spectacle. A hazy day with a canon pointed at downtown. One day an epic summer thunderstorm pummeled the city while I stood watching from the park. The final day the sky was filled with […]