Tag Archives: sightseeing

Make a Fish Foundation

The ticket clerk at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies asked if we wanted to purchase a guidebook for $2. I must have hesitated for a moment because my wife said, “No, he doesn’t.” A few minutes later, I surprised my … Continue reading

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Meet Virginia

The sign outside the Virginia Welcome Center invited us in with the words: “Live traffic & weather; Play our guitar; Free ice cold H2O fill-up; Live area music info.” My wife and I were passing through Virginia on our way … Continue reading

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Side Twitters Comedy

Jeff Dye’s Twitter feed impressed me today. During his time off between gigs at Side Splitters this weekend, the touring comedian went to a few of my favorite spots around Knoxville and posted pictures.Among other sites, he went to the Sunsphere, … Continue reading

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Borderline Personality

There was a break in the clouds this morning as my wife and I were preparing to leave the Town of Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. Instead of heading straight back to Knoxville, we returned to the Pinnacle Overlook inside Cumberland Gap … Continue reading

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The MP3 players at Koko FitClub are loaded with a variety of 15-minute cardio workouts. Chief Fitness Officer Michael Wood does the workout on a treadmill in his office while telling members like me how fast to walk and how … Continue reading

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Google impressed me today with their Google Cultural Institute. In honor of the sesquicentennial of the Gettysburg Address, they posted a link to their digital exhibits about the historic speech. It was my first experience with the GCI. My wife … Continue reading

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Oliver Springs Eternal

“Are you coming back for the festival?” Every person my wife and I encountered in Oliver Springs asked us that question. We had stopped off in the small town on our way home from Frozen Head State Park. The October … Continue reading

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Knox, Knox… Who’s There?

In East Tennessee, it’s a fairly common practice to name streets after political figures who are still living. In 1792, Knox County was named after the still-living General Henry Knox. The 42-year-old was Secretary of War under President George Washington. … Continue reading

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Fourscore Check-in

The actual spot where Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address is now believed to be in the Evergreen Cemetery adjacent to Gettysburg National Military Park. Previous generations marked what they thought was the spot with the Soldiers’ National Monument. My … Continue reading

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Coming Up, Roses

Dozens of radio announcers around the country also do endorsement spots for YMT Vacations, each advertising a specific tour package to an interesting destination. If enough listeners sign up for the trip, the deejay and a guest get to go … Continue reading

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Saturday in the Park

This week, I’m recalling memories of Independence Day. On July 4, 2008, my friend Terry Morrow and I were chasing Paris Hilton around Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge. Exactly one year later, he told me he had pancreatic cancer. Terry … Continue reading

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Summer Staycation

My wife and I stopped at the Tennessee Welcome Center on I-81 southbound as we were driving home from Virginia. The center is directly across the interstate from the Grand Guitar. A banner reading “National Tourism Week” gave me reason to … Continue reading

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Strike Up the Band

The World’s Largest Ball of Twine and the World’s Largest Ball of Stamps are interesting because they make you think about the amount of time it must have taken to accumulate the twine and stamps. There are other large balls … Continue reading

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Nash Annals

The Assumption Men’s Schola sang in Latin at the Mass my wife and I attended this morning. We enjoy visiting older churches when we travel. The art and architecture are more ornate than modern churches. The Church of the Assumption of the … Continue reading

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