I was bewitched by Cades Cove from the first time I entered that 11 mile loop in July, 2013.  I was so enchanted that I knew I wanted to see more than I could if I spent just the summer having to divide my time with all the many other attractions of the Smoky Mountains. […]

I guess because I’ve been in Tennessee for over a year now, I’m getting more email and messages from readers asking if I’m still fulltime RVing or if I’ve settled down here.  For sure when I got here in June, 2013 I didn’t anticipate that I’d be here so long.  But to me, that’s one […]

For those who enjoyed the last blog post about my hike to Grotto Falls, I just added a couple more related pages about the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and the Bud Ogle Cabin and Nature Trail to Malia’s Miles website, so please check out the links for more pictures and info. Noah “Bud” Ogle […]

July 11, 2014 – I keep getting questions about why I’m staying in one place for so long when my I’m a fulltime RVer and my home has wheels.   All I can keep saying is that I so fell in love with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and there’s just so much to see […]

June 26, 2014 – During my previous visit to Clingmans Dome, I had intended to do this trail then, but got rained out and wound up having to run down the mountain to keep my camera from getting soaked.  But I had heard enough about the beauty of the flame azalea that only bloom in […]

I’d heard about Clingmans Dome ever since arriving at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee – it being the highest point in the Smokies at 6,643 feet (“On Top of Old Smoky”), also making it one of the highest peaks in the eastern United States . My first visit up there was at […]

Who would think that such ignoble looking creatures could possess such magic within those bodies?  Although this was not the first time in my life I’ve been entranced by fireflies (growing up in New Orleans, we called them “lightening bugs”), this was really a special occasion.  Within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Elkmont is […]

April 27, 2014 – The first time I had ever been on this trail was during Tremont’s Spring Wildflower Photography Workshop.  I didn’t get nearly enough of it then, so went back for more before the flowers weren’t as plentiful.  This is a .75 mile loop accessed by the Chimneys picnic area off of Newfound […]

(Hike done in February, 2014. – I’m just trying to get caught up!) This is probably the easiest of waterfalls to reach within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The short (1/2 mile) dirt trail is easy and accessed in back of the Sugarlands Visitors Center. The trail hugs the Little River most of the […]

The entrance and parking area for this trail is about a 1/2 mile north of the Sugarlands Visitors Center of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  It’s short (1/2 mile) but sweet, nestled in the mountains, with a paved and fully accessible path. Starting in the 1800’s, the Sugarlands Valley was once home to 100 […]

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