Tennessee Waterfall

The main road in Smoky National Park is chock full of people…so many that it feels as if one has deposited a bustling city in the center of the wilderness. The masses choked out the solitude we had hoped to find in this diverse ecosystem. We were seeking a place to breathe but were feeling constricted.…

Smoky Waters

The Smoky Mountain National Park has many, many running waters which, in part, accounts for the lushness of the verdant forest. Irene and I took a short walk away from the main road along this brook until we were out of earshot of the car and motorcycle traffic. It was comforting to have a respite…

Smoky Sunrise

  I have a difficult time sleeping when on a vacation when I know a sunset is coming. On this very chilly morning I dragged Irene out of bed well before sunrise, picked her up a coffee at the just opening McDonalds in Pigeon Forge then drove up into the Smoky Mountain National Park in…

Fire In The Smokys

The Smoky Mountains in Tennessee is home to one the most biologically diverse forests on the planet. As Fall rolls around with it’s cooler temps and shortening days, the chlorophyll is triggered to pull back into the trees which unmasks the colors previously hidden in the leaves. With each specie of tree having it’s own…

Smoky Sunrise

The Fall of 2011 marked my first long trip with Irene. Since we were going to be in each other’s company pretty much 24/7 for a week, it could easily have been a make or break scenario. Perhaps the biggest challenge was the fact that she was a night owl where I was a morning…