Cades Cove is the most visited part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and we can see the draw.  Easy hikes, and the promise of wildlife.  ...

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Cades Cove


After having spent so much time in the Rockies and Sierras, the lush green rolling Smokies are a big change from what we’re used to. I didn’t real...

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Hiking in the Smokies


For the record, Colette has been officially banned from arranging any “vacations” unless she will be participating.  She has now been put on noti...

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Canyon Dreams

Considering she lives in an area where elevation is measured in numbers below sea level, we thought we’d start Shelby’s visit off with a bang and ...

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Shirley Canyon Trail

After a couple of false starts (including getting the Honda stuck in 14” of snow on the road to Fresno Dome and venturing down a “trail” that tu...

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Graveyard of the Giants

Nelder Grove is lesser known than other groves in the Sierra National Forest, which made the afternoon a stark contrast to our hike at Mariposa Grove....

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Nelder Grove of Giant Sequoia

I just looked out the window and saw a bunny hopping by.  OK, it’s probably a full grown rabbit, but it looks like a cuddly bunny.  So far in our ...

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We are so easily amused