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The Fantastic Umbrella Factory

“Originally opened in 1760, the Fantastic Umbrella Factory is actually a small farm near the coast of Rhode Island and was opened as a plant nursery, petting zoo and gift-bazaar during the 1960s.”via atlasobscura.com “Today, the Umbrella Factory is a favorite among Rhode-Islanders who stop by the strange, tiny farm to check out the bizarre […]

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Summer Gig | Zip Line Guide

Snagged a seasonal summer gig as a zip line guide at Foxfire Mountain Adventures this summer. I am afraid of heights and had never zip lined before but I threw myself at this challenge and kicked it right int he nads. Unfortunately, it’s not the ideal job for someone with carpal tunnel like myself so […]

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Solar Eclipse 2017

“Oh, I’m bein’ followed by a moonshadow, moon shadow, moonshadow, Leapin and hoppin’ on a moonshadow, moonshadow, moonshadow” My dad, my dog, my 1985 Toyota Van Wagon aka Bodacious Betsy and myself found a spot to watch totality near Happy Valley, TN. What a phenomenal experience! It got so dark we could see stars. I […]

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Portrait in Red

“Ei, Großmutter, was hast du für große Ohren!” “Daß ich dich besser hören kann.” “Ei, Großmutter, was hast du für große Augen!” “Daß ich dich besser sehen kann.” “Ei, Großmutter, was hast du für große Hände” “Daß ich dich besser packen kann.” “Aber, Großmutter, was hast du für ein entsetzlich großes Maul!” “Daß ich dich […]

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Cruisin’ Cades Cove Loop

My Wanderlust is 100% the fault of my Dad. He has always inspired curiosity and exploration. While visiting me in Seymour, TN recently we decided to head over to Cades Cove and drive their 11 mile, one way loop tour. It’s a valley abundant in wildlife, historic buildings and majestic mountain views. We bought a $1 […]

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Carver’s Gap Goodness

An access point to the Appalachian Trail, Carver’s Gap is a fantastic place to hike with breathtaking 360 degree views. I really headed that way to check out the Roan Mountain Park but it wasn’t open yet (opened Memorial Day weekend) so I strutted up the balds. Tucked along the TN/NC line it straddles the […]

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Portrait in Red

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12 Travel Secrets You’ll Only Learn in Culinary School

This article from CNTraveller, 12 Travel Secrets You’ll Only Learn in Culinary School, hits the nail on the head on #7. When in Austria and you want a real locals experience… hit up a Buschenschank! Check out my post below where I share my very own winter time Buschenschank experience. Buschenschank aka Heuriger  

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A Hidden Gem

While wandering in the woods near Hampton, TN some friends stumbled upon this fantastic camping spot. Two waterfalls join together and merge into the Doe River. There is a man made rock wall surrounding a camping area with a nice sized fire pit. It’s a bit of a perilous hike but so worth it.

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Abandoned Tweetsie Bridges & Tunnel

The East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad or as the locals call it Tweetsie railroad was a smaller than usual rail built in 1886. It ran through the mountains from Johnson City to Hampton via Elizabethton. Residents at one point even called it the  “Railway with a Heart” as railroad personnel often performed errands for the locals […]

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