Cades Cove

 Posted by at 12:12 am  Nick's Blog
May 242019
 

Located on the eastern edge of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cades Cove, Tennessee is a time capsule from the past, offering the opportunity to glimpse a time when people carved a life out of the very land they lived upon. Cades Cove was originally known as “Kate’s Cove” after a Cherokee Indian chief’s wife. […]

May 182019
 

Theirs was a love that could never be. A passion that had to be hidden from the cultural mores of the time. But even death could not deny them their devotion to each other. The proof lives on in a simple tombstone in Tampa’s Oaklawn Cemetery. Virginia native William Ashley arrived in Tampa in 1837 […]

Apr 212019
 

I have been a gun guy and a history buff for all my life, and over the years I have owned more guns than I can count. My first gun was an old Stevens Favorite trapdoor single shot .22 rifle I got when I was about eight years old. I got my first handgun, a […]

Feb 262019
 

The mid-1850s was a period of rapid growth in America. The railroads were pushing west and opening up huge new territories, and millions of people were flocking to this wonderful new land of milk and honey they had heard about back in Europe, lured by the promise of free land and a bright future for […]

Feb 082019
 

Okay, Arizona. Enough of this nonsense! It was 31o here in Apache Junction overnight Wednesday night and about 40o at 9 a.m. And it was cold all day long. I highly disapprove! Meanwhile, when I talked to my son last night, he was bragging that it was in the low 80s at his place in […]

Dec 182018
 

Just a few miles west of the Kennedy Space Center, where America’s rockets lift off to the new frontiers of outer space, you will find a wonderful historical park that celebrates a time in history when Florida was the frontier. It was a time when hostile Indians and the very land itself challenged the survival […]

Trolley Touring

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 012018
 

In nearly 18 years of fulltime RVing, not to mention our travels away from the RV lifestyle, we have been to so many interesting places. Historic cities, battlefields, mountains, deserts, and seashores. And we have found that one of the best ways to get an overview of a place is by taking a trolley tour. […]

Oct 282018
 

Any of us who remember our high school history classes know about the terrible winter George Washington’s troops spent at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania during the American Revolution. But did you know there was also a winter encampment during the Civil War that was just as harsh? So much so that it has been called the […]

Oct 092018
 

Whenever we can, we get off the interstate highways and travel the back roads of America. I’ve always said that a Grand Slam at a Denny’s in Paducah, Kentucky isn’t going to be any different than one at a Denny’s in Tucson, Arizona. And face it, just about every interstate highway exit in the country […]

Sep 302018
 

We have all heard the stories about how the children of celebrities often cannot seem to adapt to life, all too often falling victim to alcohol or drug abuse while living in (and trying to live up to) the shadow of their famous parents. Unfortunately, this is not a new phenomenon, as the tragic story […]