Smoky Mountain High

It’s been a while since I’ve visited my home state of North Carolina because the family has tended to gather in Washington, DC, for the Christmas holidays these past several years.  And I had many reasons to look forward to this return visit. First order of business was a stop at Great Smoky Mountains National Park on my drive from […]

Bama Bound

Before I get started, let me get this out of the way.  Family, you may again say, “Told you so!”  This is my first extended trip using my smartphone, which allows me to access the Internet and provide a hotspot for my laptop without being dependent on finding an outside wi-fi source.  Very convenient (but cheap, it ain’t). Moving on…. […]

Nashville!! And Other Pre-Departure Random Thoughts

I looked at the detailed route–a 122-page TripTik, btw–for my scheduled trip and noticed that the return takes me through Nashville, Tennessee.  I’d visited Memphis in the past–both as a conference attendee and as a tourist, but I’ve never entered Country music’s center. So, with a quick check of Tripadvisor, I discovered that the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum […]