Val in Real Life
Photography

Turning Misfortune into Opportunity: A Photographic Journey

Each April I return to the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont for the spring photography workshop led by the fabulous Bill Lea.¬†While it’s largely a family reunion for me […]

Life

Postcards from Real Life: Why?

Today I head off yet again to my home-away-from-home, the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. This trip marks my final class in the Southern Appalachian Naturalist Certification program so […]

Outdoors

Autumn in Elkmont

A few weeks ago I took the boys to the Smokies for a long weekend and it was simple and blissful. It wasn’t a trip highlighted by outrageous adventures with […]

Life

Memories of Trees

So the good folks over at Boots N All have been issuing weekly Indie travel Challenges all year. For all of my good intentions, I’ve yet to get a post […]

Outdoors

Going Solo

I know you parents out there feel my pain. As rich as our kids make our lives, sometimes you need a little adult time. And when you spend as much […]

Outdoors

Postcards from Real Life: Requiem

Back in July, yours truly headed off to the Smoky Mountains for a couple of weeks of solo exploration. It was a much needed mental reset. I spent part of […]

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