Summer Tuesday nights you can find impromptu blue grass players in Marietta Square (Marietta, GA) – totally awesome! Some great pickin’, and all ages!
I attended Pork U, a one day course on BBQ given by Sam Huff (Head Hog), a well known local BBQ master and his team. Sam and his wife (Diane, Queen of Pork) own BBQ1 (barbeque restaurants well known to the local community) with several locations in Cobb County (GA). What a day!! It so… Read More Pork U (GA) – July 2014
As part of an Atlanta Area Paddlers (AAP) meetup we paddled about 10 miles down the Etowah River, starting just below the Lake Allatoona dam., with a stop for lunch at the Indian Mounds – terrific paddle and day! We had one portage around a 10-12 foot dam, although one of our esteemed colleagues thought… Read More Etowah River (GA) – July 2014
Antsy McClain opened for Tommy Emmanuel tonight at the Variety Playhouse in Little Five Points – two great performances. Antsy was solo (without the Trailer Park Troubadours) and played about a 30 minute set. Antsy (second from left) is a great performer – and a really nice guy (picture of us with friends and Antsy… Read More Antsy McClain (GA) – June 2014
Fallingwater, the house designed and built about 40 miles east of Pittsburgh by Frank Lloyd Wright for Edgar Kaufmann in 1935 is a stunning example of form and function that blends into the environment. Pictures are not allowed inside the home, but the tour is fascinating, and the design of the interior and exterior of… Read More Fallingwater (PA) – June 2014
We had the honor of visiting the Flight 93 National Memorial, not much more to say. Haunting. We will never forget.
The 2014 Concrete Canoe National competition was hosted at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (UPJ), and the paddling competition was held at the Quemahoning Reservoir nearby, a beautiful venue. We were of course rooting for the Michigan Tech team since our son is on that team, but there were teams from all over the… Read More Concrete Canoe (PA) – June 2014
While camped at Element Campground, one of the pristine campgrounds in the Smoky Mountains, there happened to be a gathering of the Sisters on the Fly, and I caught a few random pictures of some of their rigs.
Absolutely gorgeous campground in the north Georgia mountains! We met up with friends, paddled in the lake, hiked on some trails, and were rewarded Saturday night with a blue grass concert from John Nix and the Country Cousins. Does it get better than that?
Note: Sorry, this is not a new post, just fixing a broken link to an old post from back in 2014. Still, pretty cool to look back! Up for a long weekend at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, camped at the Elkmont campground with a site right on the river. While physically located near Gatlinburg,… Read More Smoky Mountains NP (TN) – June 2014
A splendid few days in the keys! We were extremely lucky to get reservations at Bahia Honda State Park. Beautiful weather, although a bit windy; didn’t seem to keep the locals away.
One of our favorite campgrounds ever, Fort DeSoto County Park is the perfect getaway near St. Petersburg, FL, particularly if you like nature, camping, kayaking, beaches, biking… you get the picture. Went out this morning and paddled right alongside porpoises, and saw all kinds of bird wildlife, including an Ospree. Yesterday I was paddling side… Read More Fort Desoto CP (FL) – May 2014
As part of a local Atlanta Area Paddlers meet-up, a small group of us traveled to Tybee Island, and then paddled our kayaks and camping gear from Tybee Island out to Little Tybee Island for a three day, two night camping trip on the coast of Georgia. This is an extraordinarily beautiful area close to… Read More Little Tybee Island (GA) – April 2014
I “won the lottery” by being awarded the opportunity to purchase a ticket to the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club. I participated in this once in a lifetime opportunity to attend the practice round on Tuesday. Is this place stunning or what? And steeped in tradition and history. I couldn’t even begin to describe… Read More Masters Tournament (GA) – April 2014
We made the trek to the University of Illinois Urbana to see our son Drew and the Concrete Canoe team from Michigan Tech. Awesome event! These kids design, build and decorate concrete canoes that have to float (duh) and perform out on the water. Really impressive! National finalists from far flung schools such as University… Read More Concrete Canoe (IL) – June 2013
Like every other Florida State Park we have been to, Oscar Scherer State Park is terrific. Located in a fairly densely populated area between Venice and Sarasota on the Florida gulf coast, you would never know you were camped in an urban area. Hiking, bike trails, kayaking – awesome. We watched a parent bald eagle… Read More Oscar Scherer SP (FL) – Jan 2014
We got to Topsail a week early so we could work. Sometimes it’s lonely at the Top! A lot of empty sites – the poor folks in Site 145 (how sad). What a great time, great people, lots of fun, obviously better pictures of the event from others. Topsail is a great SP in Florida,… Read More Canopener (FL) – Jan 2014
Introducing… “Girlfriend”! Karen’s “new” rig (1999 Airstream B190) was open for tours and received rave reviews.
Austin is a really cool town; dog friendly, eclectic, great food, music. We were in town shortly after Austin, TX had received a boatload of rain; the waters came up to the statue of Stevie Ray Vaughan. But this is one of our favorite towns! Stayed at Pecan Grove, which is one of our favorite… Read More Austin – Oct 2013
Can you say Hoss? That’s right – this is where Hoss Cartwright from Bonanza hales (or went to school, or something). Alpine, TX – pretty close to the middle of nowhere, but home to Sul Ross State University. Now you are surely saying, why didn’t you say so? NOW I know where you were!
If this isn’t just the coolest place on earth, I don’t know what would be. Marfa, TX is pretty much in the middle of nowhere (not too far in a relative sort of way to Big Bend National Park); artsy, fartsy mixed with throw down farmers and cattle hands. Fabulous destination if you have a… Read More Marfa (TX) – October 2013
The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta is another one of those events where words are superfluous. Attached are a few shots out of literally hundreds – each one better than the next. We were fortunate to join in the Airstream group and as such were parked for the weekend right next to the field where the balloons… Read More ABQ Balloon Fiesta (NM) – Oct 2013
What can you possibly say about the Grand Canyon that either hasn’t already been said or simply doesn’t need to be said? We arrived at the North Rim campground 6 hours before the government shutdown, so the next morning the rangers came around and told us we needed to vacate within 48 hours. Fortunate for… Read More Grand Canyon North (AZ) – Oct 2013
Probably one of the least well-known national parks in the country, Great Basin NP is actually in Nevada, but not far from the Utah line. But it is not close to ANYTHING! Camping is basic boondocking, but it is gorgeous. Due to truck issues, our trip here was curtailed, but hope to be back again!
Capitol Reef NP (Capitol Reef National Park) really unique in that while the national park is stunningly gorgeous with intricate rock formations, at its center is a lush valley replete with rushing streams and a canopy of trees and fruit trees from when the Mormons developed orchards of apples and other fruit. We happened to… Read More Capitol Reef NP (UT) – Sept 2013
For anyone who has traveled to the western national parks, you already know that most of them are comprised of breathtaking views, and Canyonlands National Park is no exception. Canyonlands National Park We traveled off road on some of the 4 wheel trails. They are more than a little intimidating; I would have preferred to… Read More Canyonlands NP (UT) – Sept 2013