Category Trips

Enchanted Rock – a Gem in the Hill Country of Texas

November 28, 2016 Trips

Enchanted Rock – Introduction

MOST IMPORTANT ADVICE!! ARRIVE VERY EARLY!! When parking fills up, they close the park. Us locals all know, so we arrive at the crack of the Enchanted Rock visitor center opening to no later than 2 hours into the day. If you want to see this park, arrive early!

We have been to Enchanted Rock three separate times, for multiple days, each time. There is still more to see and do, down there. That is, without question, one of the most photogenic places I have ever been to. All of that granite, pinks and reds …. just begs to be the backdrop for something special...

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The Road to Nowhere – Bryson City North Carolina

November 16, 2016 Trips

The Road to nowhere …. another unfulfilled promise between the federal government and ordinary people.

The Road to Nowhere - Bryson City North Carolina

The Road to Nowhere

In the 1930s and 40s people were displaced with the creation of Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and further with the building of Fontana Dam and Lake Fontana. People of many small communities lost their homes and the highway that once took them to their communities was buried under the new lake. The federal government promised to build a new road to connect these displaced people to their community cemeteries that remain, to this day along the north shore of lake fontana. Construction of the road stopped when an environmental issue was exposed. The issue was resolved, however, construction never resumed...

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Great Smoky Mountain Railroad

November 7, 2016 Trips

Great Smoky Mountain Railroad Steam Engine 1702

Great Smoky Mountain Railroad Steam Engine 1702 Preparing to Depart.

Smoky Mountain Railroad Introduction

Riding the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad was absolutely one of the major highlights of a recent trip we made to Bryson City North Carolina. It is pricey to do the first class ride in a dining car, but, without question well worth it. We moved all over the train from front to back. Closed cars/Open cars we went through a lot of rail cars. Every different kind of car had its good points and bad points.

Great Smoky Mountain Railroad Video

Open Cars

Open cars are great! Feeling the wind (it wasn’t hot) hearing the clickety-clack and the horns. And the smells of the passing scenery. If it was a hot day, I am sure it wouldn’t have been great in an open car...

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Turntable GSMR – Great Smoky Mountain Railroad

October 22, 2016 Trips

Railroad Turntable Introduction

Watching a steam train on a turntable, pure gold. We rode the train through the Nantahala gorge and back to Bryson City NC …. that’s about a 4 hour trip. Well worth the price of admission, in and of itself. More on that at a later date. We had the bonus of watching the steam engine turned using 1937 technology. Operators must achieve absolute balance of the table itself, with the engine perched, in order to just get the turning motion started. Watching everything and realizing what a feat it is, pure amazement. The realization of human power actually moving such a massive piece is awe inspiring.

Video of the event !

Photos

Great Smoky Mountain Railroad Turntable

Great Smoky Mountain Railroad Turntable

Great Smoky Mountain Railroad Steam Engine 1702

Great Smoky Mountain Railroad Steam Engine 1702 Preparing to Depart.

Here is a photo of S...

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Blue Ridge Parkway …. 10 minutes of it …. and a few pictures

October 21, 2016 Trips

Introduction

The southernmost stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway we visited on the 18th of October 2016. The stretch between Asheville and Cherokee in North Carolina we chose to see on this particular trip. On a prior trip we drove from Boone to Asheville, North Carolina. Subsequently, we have driven, now, most of the state of North Carolina. Next time we move into Virginia!! The views were absolutely stunning due to driving during peak week. Rust, Red, Yellow, Gold, Green along with the sheer rock faces, and all over the ground leaves, like a carlet … glorious sights!

We just loved driving the parkway, given that the views were sheer beauty … we have now done the drive two years in a row and will certainly do it again.

Here is our Ride Along video …. Enjoy!!

Pictures of The Blue Rid...

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Houston from far North Dallas ….

October 11, 2016 Trips

A video we made of our last trip to houston with some of the more prominent sites along the way pointed out. From Frisco to Dallas on the North Dallas Tollway, Merge onto I35 South, Woodall Rogers Freeway connecting to I45 South …. all the way from Houston.

Sites pointed out and prominently displayed ….

Klyde Warren Park Tunnel
Downtown Dallas
Fountain Place
Reunion Tower
Perot Museum
Historic West End is clearly visible

Dallas Design District and a few of the more prominent buildings along the freeway

Addison – A restaurant and night life mecca

Mary Kay Cosmetics Headquarters

Silver I Heart Radio Building (A lot of the local radio stations occupy space in there as does the Korean Consulate)

Plano

And other Sites

A short clip of one of the songs we got together to per...

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