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Leaf Peeping and More in the Smoky Mountains

Dome at Stone Mountain State Park

With a fabulous forecast in the region this week and weekend, I’m headed to the Smoky Mountains! Nothing like fresh air, beautiful scenery—hopefully some local apples—to invigorate the soul! If you headed to the Smokies and are interested in camping at the beautiful KOA in Cherokee, North Carolina, good news: I called …

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What’s behind the Haunted House at Creekside Manor?

I was genuinely frightened when Hell Dog lunged at me while touring Hagerstown/Antietam KOA

I occasionally contribute to the KOA (Kampgrounds of America) blog. Last year, I was speaking at a Maryland cancer event and got a tip that a nearby campground operated a haunted house with a regional draw. I agreed to check it out, surprised by how much haunted houses have changed since I …

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Chattanooga, You’re More than Your Tourist Traps!

Statue detail The International Towing & Recovery Museum

Headed from Cherokee, North Carolina to Chattanooga, Tennessee I started seeing billboards for Rock City and its sister properties on Lookout Mountain everywhere. They gave me a Wall Drug Store feeling. If you don’t know what I mean by that, you’ve never been within 500 miles of South Dakota. Promotions for the …

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Cherokee and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Cherokee public art bear

I created this free guide to planning a ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Just click the link below. No registration required.   As I ascended the foothills toward Cherokee and the Smoky Mountains on my motorcycle, a refreshing breeze of magnolia and jasmine wafted through my visor. It was a …

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FDR’s Little White House and the Joy of Solo Travel

FDR's Ford with hand controls

Coming home from my recent swing through the Deep South I found myself northeast of Columbus, Georgia on a byway. I came upon a brown highway sign—always a welcome sight to my eyes—that said “FDR’s Little White House 15 miles.” The arrow pointed left. I smiled broadly, having a vague memory …

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Gettysburg and My “Mixed” Marriage

Faces of Gettysburg

One hundred and fifty years ago this week President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. He  called upon this country to finish the work envisioned by our founding fathers, bringing forth “a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” I visited Gettysburg, …

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Floydfest 2013

It seems a lot of people who listen to my podcast and read my blog do so to get advice on where to take a weekend getaway or vacation. If that description fits you, quickly, before all the tickets are gone, grab a ticket to Floydfest in Floyd, Virginia, right …

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