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Riding the Rails: The Great Smokey Mountain Railroad
A trip on the Great Smokey Mountain Railroad (GSMR) has been a family dream for years. My son, a young Thomas the Tank Engine specialist since the tender age of 18 months, developed my father’s passion (er obsession) for trains- I remember many a weekend spent riding the rails up North, and the gigantic train board…
Hanging Out at the NOC (Nantahala Outdoor Center)
Across the bridge from the one road into the heart of the gorge lies the NOC (or the Nantahala Outdoor Center). It seems to be a major adventures hub and the Appalachian Trail even cuts straight through it!
Exploring The Biltmore with Kids
We planned our historic Biltmore adventure with three kids- a teen, a seven year old and an over-active five year old Houdini- the ultimate escape artist.
Whitewater Rafting with Kids (Who Knew!) and Other Adventures
It has been close to a year- give or take a month, since my last confession I mean post, so please excuse the delay, but now I am back, feeling giddy and kinda silly. My kids have passed the diaper/dress me phase and can carry their own packs, walk their own distances, which has empowered…
Gem Mining in Franklin, North Carolina day three
Awoke early to a thick mist that reminded me of London fog and the promise of a dreary English day, then I remembered we were in the Smokey Mountains- it was the famous smoke. Ate a microwaved breakfast of pancakes (my son was in 7th heaven). Have never nuked prepacked pancakes before, so that was weird, but…