Happy Labor Day!

We’ve had a death in the family, so we won’t be posting Friday, like usual. Also, we’ll be off for the holiday on Monday. Check back on Wednesday for some Halloween folklore from the Smoky Mountain area.

Older Kid Halloween Things to Do in the Smoky Mountain Area

Ripley's Haunted Adventure in Gatlinburg. (The sky in this photo totally has to be Photoshopped. Don't you think?)

Cue the spooky music. It’s that time of year. The kids will be begging for something “Halloween-ish” to do. On Monday, I wrote about what to do with little ones in the Smoky Mountain area on Halloween. Today, I’m looking at what to do with older kids — teenagers and up, and also fun, scary […]

Halloween Events in the Smoky Mountain Area for Various Ages


Fall is here. And with it come all kinds of goodness — caramel apples, crunchy leaves, FOOTBALL, hoodies, and, oh yes, spooky stuff for Halloween! The Smoky Mountain area has all kinds of fun spooky stuff, so if you’re heading to Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge for Fall Break, consider doing something Halloween-ish. So here it […]

10 Tips for Staying Safe While Hiking Alone

Photo by Ben Earwicker -- www.garrisonphoto.org/sxc

Hiking alone: dangerous and stupid or wonderful. It depends who you talk to. And how prepared you are. Officials with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park announced on Tuesday that they’d found remains that possibly belong to a hiker who has been missing since March. According to The Daily Times, a group of park employees […]

Back to School — Are You Ready?


I’m not. And our kids have been back in school for a week today. But man, back to school season is SO busy. Tonight, I made the kids an early dinner, then packed up a sandwich for my husband. As he ran in the door, I ran out, after handing him the sandwich. I spent […]

Visit Wild Bear Falls in Gatlinburg

Wild Bear Falls Cascades & Pool

Sadly, summer is coming to an end. In another few weeks, most of the pools will be closing. Which means that soon, it will be time to start thinking about indoor water parks. Now, I’ve written before about Wilderness at the Smokies indoor water park in Sevierville. But I’ve never even taken a look at […]

Female Tourist Dies While Crossing Parkway in Pigeon Forge

According to the Knoxville News, a female pedestrian from Virginia was killed late Friday night while trying to cross the Parkway. She was struck by a car. The tourist’s name is being withheld until the next-of-kin is notified. She was hit near the Howard Johnson Inn at 2825 Parkway and was pronounced dead at LeConte […]

13 Inspirational Nature Quotes (and 1 Funny One)


How can we help but be inspired by the beauty of nature? We can’t — it’s intrinsic. There’s nothing like being out in the beauty God created, early in the morning, while the whole world is still waking up. Suddenly, everything seems clear in those still, quiet moments. But, unfortunately, we can’t always enjoy quiet […]

Free Music at Gatlinburg Songwriters Fest


The City of Gatlinburg is happy to announce its first ever Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival, which will be held in just a few weeks. The festival will take place on Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 23-25. The public is invited to lots of (mostly) free live entertainment at several venues in downtown Gatlinburg. According to the […]

Water Magic Attraction Changed to Retail Complex


According to WBIR, the planned future of the Water Magic attraction in Pigeon Forge will be changing. Everyone’s trying to put a good spin on it, but it sounds like the project’s developer, John Joslyn, just can’t quite pull it off. Joslyn, owner of the Titanic Pigeon Forge museum, was planning to build a fabulous […]