Postcards from Real Life: Curiosity

I’m back to Tremont today for the next installment towards my Southern Appalachian Naturalist Certification. A short weekend full of study that will not satisfy my curiosity but fuel it further because there is no end to what can be discovered in the Smokies. We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity …

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 submitted…until now. Last week’s challenge was to simply to pick five travel photos to share. As you can see in the challenge post, the author chose images from some obviously …

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 time together as we do in our roadschooling pursuits, that becomes the understatement of the decade. I’ve alluded to my July solo trip to the Smokies in recent posts about …

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 that self-restoration time shooting this tree as the fog rolled through Cades Cove after a storm. Standing in a field on Sparks Lane at dusk, I was treated to a …

Find Your Photography Bliss at Tremont

As you know, I’ve become a bit of a Great Smoky Institute at Tremont junkie. It’s becoming a second home to me this year as I’m working toward my Southern Appalachian Naturalist Certification. I simply love my time there and it’s time to catch you up a bit on why. A little background… On my first visit to Tremont last …

Postcards from Real Life: Immersion

This week I’m off camping in Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for a little solo exploration time. Next week I head back to Tremont, just around the corner from Cades Cove, for the next two installments of my Southern Appalachian Naturalist Certification. Last week’s Postcard was centered on being open to the unexpected as part of …

Great Smoky Mountains: Deep Creek Campground

In an effort to stick a fork in our Cumberland Gap/Deep Creek adventure, let’s wrap up the whole series with my thoughts on the Deep Creek campground…just in case you feel like visiting. Big picture… The Deep Creek unit as a whole is certainly worth a visit. As I detailed last time, the trails provided wonderful scenery and variety. And …

Going “Deep” in the Smokies

Our rather damp arrival in Bryson City was coupled with an equally damp first night at Deep Creek. But we awoke to clear skies and were ready to explore, even if everything surrounding us was completely sodden. After some examination of the handy-dandy trail map we decided to hike the Juny Whank falls trail as well as sections of the …

Moving Right Along: Bryson City

When I last left you in the tales of our fall adventure, we were heading to Bryson City, NC after a brief stopover in the ever-fabulous Asheville. Our goal was to make it to Deep Creek, a unit of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Moving west… Now, as I detailed in the posts on Asheville, our plans going forward …