Category Archives: Woods & Mountains

Ijams River Boardwalk Hike

Ijams River Boardwalk Trail Head Ijams River Boardwalk Geologic Fold at Ijams Along River Boardwalk Geologic Fold at Ijams along River Boardwalk Wildflowers Along River Boardwalk at Ijams Cave Along River Boardwalk at Ijams Solomons Seal | Wildflower at Ijams Wildflowers Along River Boardwalk at Ijams Ijams River Boardwalk Ijams River Boardwalk Handicap Accessible Boat Launch at Ijams IMG_4485Difficulty:  Easy to Moderate
Hiking Map (.pdf)
Ijams Event Calendar

I don’t try to document everything about a place that we visit, after all, I am not a paid travel writer.  But I do try to spread the news about those extra special places that Jim and I have discovered.  The Ijams River Boardwalk is one of those must see … [ Continue reading ... ]

Cumberland Trail View

Cumberland Trail | Tank Springs Trailhead in LaFollette

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Meeting new people has its perks.  I first met Libby Morgan when she did a write-up on me for the Union County Shopper News back in January.  We had a lot of things in common and one of them is exploring new places.

Somehow, the Cumberland Trail came up in our … [ Continue reading ... ]

Sand Cave | Cumberland Gap National Park

Jim  Johnson | Sharps Chapel Living

Mary Johnson | Sharps Chapel Living

Evidence of Bear Feeding on Holly Tree

Sand Cave | Cumberland Gap National Park

Sand Cave | Cumberland Gap National Park

Sand Cave | Cumberland Gap National Park

Sand Cave | Cumberland Gap National Park

Sand Cave | Cumberland Gap National Park

Sand Cave | Cumberland Gap National Park

Jim  Johnson | Sharps Chapel Living

Sand Cave | Cumberland Gap National ParkLast Saturday (December 21 – the Winter Solstice), Jim and I had some time on our hands and wanted to explore. We decided to head out to Sand Cave (a place Pat Clapsaddle had highly recommended after she and Bill hiked it a year or so ago).  So, Jim and I got in the car and picked a scenic route … [ Continue reading ... ]

Big Ridge State Park | Hike for the Health of It

IMG_3467 IMG_3469 IMG_3470 IMG_3471 IMG_3474r IMG_3551 IMG_3552 IMG_3557 IMG_3560 IMG_3561 IMG_3571 IMG_3578 IMG_3579It’s funny how you can hear about things to do.  If you keep your ears open, there are really a lot of things going on in or around Sharps Chapel.

Case in point – at the Sunset Bay Annual meeting last week, I happened to join in on a conversation between two women, only one of whom I actually knew.  … [ Continue reading ... ]

Chestnuts | Important in Appalachian History

IMG_3452-b IMG_3453 IMG_3455This past week I had an opportunity to pick some chestnuts with Darren Farquar at his Right By Nature Farm.   I had no idea what I was in for, but I was game.

When I first started, I remember wishing that I had worn my leather work gloves. The outer shell of that beautifully smooth nut is a virtual … [ Continue reading ... ]