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I started the day with the sun to my back which is odd; usually, I’m headed in to work being blinded by it.

Nope. Today we head off to the mountains for a couple of days. I had to take off the trash and get some things sorted before we left.

We spent the better part of our day travelling to where we’re staying.

🎢No particular place to go…

The original plan was to hit Graveyard Fields and hike out to the Upper Falls. But it’s hot and we were tired.

The road takes it out of ya.

Here. Showered. Rested. Time to go out and forage for grub.

We ended up going over the mountain and into Tennessee to find supper. We’ve never been in Gatlinburg in the evening. It was actually kind of pleasant. Not a lot of people, still hot though. Did a little window shopping, stopped by the tobacco store and then took the ride back. Just spending time together.

Mags. Not gonna have it.

Back in the valley and I wanted to do something I’ve never really had the chance to do with the kids, and that’s to get some night shots. She is supportive of my hobbies like photography and this blog. BUT, when it comes to chilly, she would go with me, but she doesn’t wanna.

One of the dippers. Not too shabby from an iPhone.

Back at Route 19 Inn, there are many nostalgic pieces to go with the theme of the place. I’ll add more pics later, but I saw this tonight.

I’m tired now. I’m going to sleep.


That’s it. That’s the post.


The Secret City

I’ve mentioned before that we vacation in the mountains of N.C. mostly because we love the area we stay in Maggie Valley. This also puts us in a great spot to visit the surrounding areas. It’s our base camp.

I’ve always wanted to visit Oak Ridge, TN. And if you don’t know what that is:

From The Atlantic:

Starting in 1942, the U.S. government began quietly acquiring more than 60,000 acres in Eastern Tennessee for the Manhattan Projectβ€”the secret World War II program that developed the atomic bomb. The government needed land to build massive facilities to refine and develop nuclear materials for these new weapons, without attracting the attention of enemy spies. The result was a secret town named Oak Ridge that housed tens of thousands of workers and their families.Β 

This is history and to me it’s another thing on the weird bucket list. How could I not want to go? Now to convince the rest of the family. But you know, what the boss says goes.

As soon as my wife says we can do it, I’m there.

Here are some links with great information and pics.

The Secret City from The Atlantic

Oak Ridge Site – Manhattan Project National Historical Park from NPS.gov

How The U.S. Created A β€˜Secret City’ In Oak Ridge To Build The Atomic Bomb, 75 Years Ago – Nashville Public Radio

Voices Of The Manhattan Project – VMP