Tag Archives: #Wander

400

Today marks four hundred days that Iโ€™ve been blogging here.

I havenโ€™t missed a single day. It has been a lesson in discipline.

I didnโ€™t start writing this for followers or to share any great truths. I write about whatโ€™s on my mind, what Iโ€™ve been doing, and where Iโ€™m going.

I’ve shared some pics, my family, a little of our lives.

I feel like something is about to change.

But, weโ€™ll see. You never know where life will take you.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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Break Time

Iโ€™ve been working on a project for the company, and Iโ€™ve been seeing all sorts of different new exciting people.

Yesterday I grabbed water and a banana, an excellent snack btw, and went out to the truck for a fifteen-minute break.

A couple of bikers were parked in front of me, having a smoke, and getting ready to get back on the road after lunch.

I snuck a pic.

The way I was feeling yesterday, I wanted to grab a bike and go.

To be free of the job I was doing.

Not that I hate the job. I’m just tired. I need a wander.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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Time Slips Away


It doesnโ€™t take long to stop and enjoy what you happen to enjoy in life. Itโ€™s really only stopping for five minutes and taking in whatโ€™s around you. I donโ€™t take my camera out of the bag enough; Iโ€™m guilty of looking straight down the road and only focusing on the destination as of late when I should be taking time to enjoy the journey.


Thereโ€™s so much to see and I forget sometimes that I have to work for a living; I am a husband and father, and those come first. And I like my job and love my family.


But what I do, not best and not what I enjoy most, whatโ€™s at my core and gives me peace and alone time is this:

Just wandering and exploring and watching the revival of this and destruction of that. Iโ€™m an observer; I keep the record so that others might see what we were and what we are to become.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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It’S FrIDaY!

Just off the Robert W. Williams Interchange in beautiful Florence, SC.

Itโ€™s Friday morning. Iโ€™m back on the special project we are working on for another company.

I started this morning in general merchandise/grocery. I walked into a manager having a nervous breakdown; I checked in and went straight to work. Retail is hard, butโ€ฆ

It has been a long day. Iโ€™m back home now sitting here with Ms. Fibble.

Time to shower, eat, watch some TV, AND THEN…hit the road again.

Tonight is Friday. Tonight is the first home football game of the season.

Iโ€™m excited!

Is there anything more free than a Friday night high school football game? Itโ€™s just so American. The football team, rooting for your favorite, the food, the cheerleaders chanting on the sideline.

I’m not a sportsball guy at all.

I’m there for the band. And my two kids.

More later. Most definitely.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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The Tunnel On The Road To Nowhere

Just a short post tonight, but I give you our adventure through the tunnel on the Road To Nowhere.

It’s over on my IG account because it takes a while to upload with our internet. Sharing the link is so much easier.

Enjoy and explore the internet for more info on this place. It has a deep history.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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The End

Mom and Dad are getting older and have decided to sell their place in the mountains. This has been our vacation place for the past six years.

Logan takes things as they come. It hasnโ€™t bothered her much, although I know in the back of her mind sheโ€™ll miss it.

Sam is a bit upset. This is what he has known since he was four. I explained to him that now weโ€™ll widen our travel area. Weโ€™ll make it a bigger adventure. And that piqued his interest.

We will still be mountain folk though the beach isnโ€™t for us.

The wife and I arenโ€™t looking forward to the hotel bills. But weโ€™ve already found a small place in the same town that we love (see the post about Route 19 Inn), so you know there are other places out there for us.

Me? Iโ€™m wondering where Iโ€™m going to get my coffee.

I donโ€™t do coffee shops. Youโ€™ll never find me in a Starbucks. I don’t do McCafรฉs or frappรฉs.

Nope. Iโ€™ve been going to the same gas station getting my coffee for my #CoffeeByTheCreek posts for the last six years.

Iโ€™ve made friends with the old fella that runs the place. He remembers me year after year. โ€œHello, my friend. It has been two years almost since I saw you last!โ€

Iโ€™ll bet we talked thirty minutes last Friday. I’ll miss that.

So here’s to on down the road, bigger adventures, and new creeks.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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Thomas Divide Tunnel

We found a new lost thing this weekend. Most folk will drive over it without even realizing itโ€™s there.

From visitmysmokies.com:

The Civilian Conservation Corps was created in 1933 to provide jobs to young men who were skilled in masonry, engineering, architecture, landscaping, or simply hard work. They built hundreds of miles of roads and hiking trails, bridges, buildings, campgrounds, and more in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The CCC most commonly used stone to build the structures. Some of the most well-known structures they built are the original Oconaluftee Visitor Center, the tower at Mount Cammerer, and the four-arch Elkmont Bridge. However, some of the accomplishments of the CCC are less well known, like the secret tunnel under Clingmans Dome Road!

The Thomas Divide Tunnel is less than a mile west of the junction with Newfound Gap Road. When Clingmans Dome Road was finished in 1935, there was a trail that closely paralleled the upper section of Newfound Gap Road on the North Carolina side. It connected to the Appalachian Trail on the far side of Clingmans Dome Road. Instead of routing the trail to cross Clingmans Dome Road, the engineers chose to build the tunnel under the roadbed. This old hikerโ€™s tunnel kept the hikers from having to cross over Clingmans Dome Road


We usually visit The Road To Nowhere and a tiny cemetery on Independence Day. The. We head over to Nantahala. This year we added in Clingmans Dome because we found this online. Itโ€™s harder and harder to find something we havenโ€™t done thatโ€™s regular tourist stuff. Occasionally you have to dig a little deeper.

Trying out the DJI Mimo for the first time on the trail.

Itโ€™s not hard to find. Just after the turn onto Clingmanโ€™s Dome Road, thereโ€™s a pull-off to the right. Park there and make your way to the bridge and down along the side. Watch your step.

And there you are.

It’s a neat place to find, and you certainly won’t have to deal with many people. If I’m heading out to Clingmanโ€™s, I will visit again. Maybe take a little picnic lunch and sit at the end over the parkway.

I have many other vids and pics to download and edit from the last five or six days. At least I have material to post.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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Back In The Mountains: Day 5: Headed Home

We’re heading home today, and I’m already feeling the tension.

We have a few spots to hit on the way back.


I wrote that early this morning and plans changed.


Sam and Logan

We headed on down the parkway after hitting Soco Tower. We always stop there. Itโ€™s billed as โ€œThe Most Photographed View in The Smokyโ€™s.โ€ That may be an exaggeration, but the folks who own it are friendly, and they have a neat little gift shop at the bottom.

Soco Tower cost .50 per person. It’s a neat little throwback to simpler things. My parents used to take me up there, and so I take our kids. โ€˜Nuff said.


We finally made it onto the BRP around 11:00 AM.

We made a quick stop at Water Rock Knob for the view and tradition, then headed towards Devilโ€™s Courthouse.

We arrived at Devilโ€™s Courthouse and the weather was looking like rain, and we decided against it.

Other factors contributed to the decision: my back, the wife’s knees, and both kid’s ankles. We went a little too hard this weekend.


We headed on down the BRP towards Asheville and gave Sam the decision of getting off at Asheville and running home or going out to Linn Cove Viaduct to hike underneath. He chose the latter.

We were detoured due to a road closure we knew nothing about. Simple five-mile detour, but the Linn Cove Viaduct visitors center was closed.


The road home was long today, but I see the lights of Kershaw right now, and it’s good to be home.

I’m tired.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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Back In The Mountains: Day 2

Today hasnโ€™t been that exciting. We took the kids over to Gatlinburg to let them do their thing and we hit some of the old spots we usually go to.

Whatโ€™s poppinโ€™?

We went to check out Elkmont where theyโ€™ve been doing a lot of renovations on some of the abandoned houses. Itโ€™s nice to see history preserved.

Still no toilet.

Then on to Cades Cove to do a little bear spotting. We actually saw one far off in the fields.

I like watching the ravens beg for food alongside the cars on the loop. They are very entertaining.

We were out pretty much all day. We had a sit-down breakfast at The Mountaineer and fast food the rest of the day. The Mountaineer is fairly priced for good food. We got overcharged for what we got at Johnny Rockets in Gatlinburg.

We topped off the day with mini golf at Maggie Valley Carpet Golf.


Here is where Iโ€™m going to say something about Maggie Valley that wonโ€™t be popular. 

Yโ€™all gotta step yโ€™allโ€™s game up. 

I know that the last two years have taken a bite out of everybody. And I know a business is hard to run but youโ€™re not gonna keep a business if it isnโ€™t open. 

Several of our favorite restaurants are still there but arenโ€™t open for business on Fourth of July weekend. Thatโ€™s very concerning for a town that thinks itโ€™s going to jump up from the reopening of Ghost Town amusement park. I know I see the guy down at Route 19 Inn putting money into a place and hoping for the best. And heโ€™s giving it his best. Like I wrote before me and the wife are very impressed with that motel. More importantly, we were satisfied with the money we spent with that place of business.

Chris Smith at Chris and Friends Antiques has invested a ton in his business. 

We love Maggie Valley. We would love to keep coming here. But if thereโ€™s nothing to do thereโ€™s no reason to come.

We spend the majority of our time on the trails around the town up in the mountains but we spend our money here on food and other entertainment.

We have real friends here that run businesses. And a lot of them are still open and running. 

And thatโ€™s all I got to say about that. 

Thatโ€™s it. Thatโ€™s the post. 

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