Finding surprises in Quebec

Finding surprises in Quebec

By Mike Steely My wife and I camped on our way to Canada recently to see the whales that come into the St. Lawrence River in the province of Quebec. While we found Quebec to be much more “French” than we expected, it was a surprise to find what we discovered. Passing into and out […]

Exploring Virginia’s I-81 attractions

By Mike Steely Many of us know that Interstate 81 begins just east of Dandridge as I-40 turns south but many people probably don’t know that I-81 continues all the way to Alexandria Bay, New York, and from there enters Canada. It’s an interesting but busy route for trucks and the intestate flows up through […]

9/11 Flight 93 Memorial an emotional experience

By Mike Steely Recently on our vacation my wife and I had a chance to visit the crash site of United Airlines Flight 93 and remember those brave souls who crashed the plane instead of letting terrorists use it for a fourth attack on our nation’s capital on September 11. The National Park Service has […]

Cedars of Lebanon State Park is welcoming

By Mike Steely If you’re headed to Nashville or beyond and looking for a cabin or camping area then you will find Cedars of Lebanon State Park welcoming, friendly and different. Located just a few miles south of Interstate 40 off the second Lebanon exit, the park has three large camping areas with good sized […]

Following Knoxville’s unsung hero, Horace Maynard

By Mike Steely If you’ve walked in Knoxville’s Old Gray Cemetery you may have noticed a concrete bench just as you enter. The elaborate bench is part of the grave of Horace Maynard, a historic figure often overlooked in our history. Despite being the son of an abolitionist father, Maynard owned four slaves as an […]

Taking the Sunbright Loop

By Mike Steely Would you like to take a drive to someplace you’ve probably never been? Small towns in East Tennessee are often overlooked and there are several that are worth a drive. Sunbright in Morgan County is one of those places. The small town was originally called “Pine Top” and later it was known […]

Driving the Foothills Parkway to Wears Valley

By Mike Steely If you’d like to take the family on a day trip to see views of the Smoky Mountains you haven’t seen before you should consider driving the extension of the Foothills Parkway that opened last fall. Plan to take your time as the speed limit is 35 miles per hour but the […]

Finding Davy Crockett’s family

By Mike Steely Most of us know about Davy Crockett, the Tennessean born in Limestone east of Greeneville, soldier in the Indian Wars, and volunteer in the battle for Texas independence. We know he died at the Alamo and there have been movies and television series about his real and fictional life. But most of […]

Ripley’s Aquarium is more than sharks and stingrays

By Mike Steely Did I tell you we collect cups? Yep, souvenir cups from hundreds of places my wife and I have visited around the country. Cups from state and national parks, cups from commercial attractions, and cups from places like the Coke Museum in Atlanta, Macy’s in New York City, and even from Walnut […]

Touring Historic Powell Valley

By Mike Steely Powell Valley is located just south of Cumberland Mountain stretching from Wise County, Va., all the way into Eastern Tennessee along the Powell River. The name “Powell” comes from long-hunter Ambrose Powell, a member of Dr. Thomas Walker’s exploration of our region. His name was found carved into a tree. The extension […]

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