Pink Lady’s Slipper Orchid

Pink Lady's Slipper Orchid in Chuck Swan Wildlife AreaRemember when I wrote about the thrill of surprises… well, imagine my surprise when Jim and I were hiking in Chuck Swan a few days ago and happened upon a cluster of Pink Lady’s Slipper Orchids!  They were right along the side of the dirt road within arm’s reach.  I had never seen one in person before and this … [ Continue reading ... ]

Surprise! A Road Map to Happiness

surprise-bookNot everyone likes surprises — even good surprises.

Hard to believe? Well, have you ever suggested a birthday gift idea to your spouse instead of leaving it up to them to surprise you?  I rest my case.

I have since learned that we are doing ourselves a disservice because the more we attempt to control our lives, the more we … [ Continue reading ... ]

Marbled Orb Weaver Spider

You don’t have to be walking in the woods or through difficult terrain to see interesting and new animals.  Today, here in Sharps Chapel, TN, I spotted a bright orange spider that I had never seen before walking on my regular route on the road.

Marbled Orb Weaver Spider

It was easy enough to find on the Internet.  It is called the Marbled Orb … [ Continue reading ... ]

Bear Scat at Cumberland Gap TN

Two weeks ago, on October 25th, Jim and I decided to take a short 3-4 mile hike at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park (on the Cumberland Gap TN town side, not the Middlesboro KY side).  It is one of our favorite places to go because it is only 45 minutes from Sharps Chapel, has a lot of variety in terms … [ Continue reading ... ]

Destination Harlan KY | The Start of Thunder Road

You may or may not be aware that I have been spending a lot of my time recently developing the website for Thunder Road Wine Trail, a new wine trail in East Tennessee which has six wineries, many of which are on the original Thunder Road and Copperhead Road — both of which were routes driven by moonshiners to … [ Continue reading ... ]

Muscadine Grapes | A Wildly Southern Tradition

Until you move to the South, you don’t truly realize the subtle differences in culture, compared to Ohio  where I come from.  One of those differences is the place that Muscadine grapes hold in the hearts and taste buds of the people.

Muscadine grapes are a favorite to be sure.   Sweet, yes!  After all, people like their sweet tea down … [ Continue reading ... ]

Drone in the Vineyards at Spout Spring Estates Winery

I’ve been busy this summer working on a website and marketing materials for the new Thunder Road Wine Trail.   It is scheduled to go live September 1, 2015.  It has been so much fun getting to visit the wineries and meet the winery owners on the trail.

Well, Tim Smythe, a resident in Sharps Chapel, TN, is starting a … [ Continue reading ... ]

Natural Tunnel State Park

Another pretty day, another road trip.  A friend, knowing that we had ventured out to visit The Wilderness Road State Park just across the TN border in VA, recommend that we go a few more miles down the road and visit Natural Tunnel State Park.  She would often take her grandchildren there and camp. (See Interactive Map)

We … [ Continue reading ... ]

Mary Nicholas Johnson