~ Carmen Gatlinburg, Tennessee (USA) is one of those rare destinations that has activities for the whole family.  As the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is a dreamworld for nature lovers and hikers!  Next door Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is filled with amusement parks and museums for little and big kids.  The......
~ Carmen Located along the Eastern Highland Rim in the state of Tennessee is a hiker’s paradise!  We recently spent our spring break road tripping this area of east-central Tennessee in search of beautiful scenery, waterfalls in particular. In just one day, we stopped at 4 different state parks, hiking and photographing 6 gorgeous waterfalls.......
~ Joe If cabin fever has set in on your cold wet January and you have the itch to ride, check the opportunity for a weekend ride at end of January for the annual Buffalo Headwaters Challenge, comprising one of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) EPICS designated trails in Northwest Arkansas. I took the......
~Carmen Tallahassee has been our daughter Lauren’s home for the past 2 years while attending Florida State University.  It is known for being the capital of Florida and home of FSU, a bustling college campus with an enrollment of over 40,000 students.  Even though Tallahassee isn’t usually considered a tourist destination, there is still plenty......
~Carmen Coe Landing is a small, county-maintained park near Tallahassee, Florida on Lake Talquin.  With our daughter going to graduate school at Florida State University, we wanted a place nearby where she could join us in the afternoons after she was out of class.  For what to do in Tallahassee besides giving your college students......
~Lauren I have been a Harry Potter fan for quite a long time. I remember watching the first scene of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone as a kid and being so enchanted.  As a result, I became a lifelong fan, reading all the books (having to wait much too long for the last two......
~Carmen When you think of Memphis cuisine, barbecue is #1 (read The Ultimate Memphis Barbecue Guide).  After you have your Memphis barbecue fix, the next meal should be the southern staple, fried chicken.  All of my friends have their favorite recipes and restaurants.  We asked our friends and found that people swear by their chosen chicken......
~ Lauren Do you love Egyptian architecture and artifacts but don’t want to make the trip all the way to Egypt?  Then you should visit Memphis, Tennessee!  Many people know that Memphis is famous for its Civil Rights history, its music, and its BBQ (see 3 Days in Memphis and The Ultimate Memphis Barbecue Guide).  But what......
~Joe The Lake Ouachita Vista Trail (LOViT) is one of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) EPIC rated trails comprising of 20 or more miles of technically difficult backcountry single track. Check out my 1-minute YouTube video!   The LOViT trail was completed April 11, 2014 finishing the vision started in 2002 by Jerry Shields......
~ Carmen So our friends are always asking us if we ever go to work.  Well, yes.  Joe and I both have full-time jobs.  I’m a 6th grade history teacher, so I have more time off than most.  If you have ever tried to keep an eleven year old focused for more than 5 minutes,......
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