Tag Archive: humor

Miles Away on Monday: Beach Trip!

Beach Trip!

It’s not always about the Smoky Mountains, and sometimes I get miles away also.  This week we’re away on a beach trip to South Carolina. While we’re away, you can still stop in to see the complete display of Smoky Mountains Photography at the William Britten Gallery on Glades Rd. The Gallery will be open several…

Mr. Ed?

Talking Horse © William Britten use with permission only

We had another dusting of snow not too long ago, and I was out roaming around, looking for winter scenics. Just across from the Greenbrier entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the road leading to Emerts Cove Bridge, and along that road there is a pasture for some riding horses. This guy…

Smoky Mountains History: Hiking Club Presidents

Smoky Mountains Hiking Club Presidents in 1936 © University of Tennessee Libraries

The first eight Presidents of the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club gathered in December of 1936 and posed for a photo by Dutch Roth. From left to right, and in order of their Presidencies, they are: George Barber, Brockway Crouch, James Thompson, Dr. H. M. Jennison, Harvey Broome, Guy Frizzell, Henry R. Duncan, and Marshall A….

Wordless Wednesday: Dog Tourism

Dog tourism © William Britten use with permission only


Smoky Mountain Haystack

Philosophical Friday here again.  Always something to think about. For example, once upon a time  the problem was finding a needle in a haystack.  Now you can’t find the haystack. When was the last time you saw one?  Do you know what a haystack is? These haystack pictures were taken at the Mountain Farm Museum…

Wordless Wednesday: Truck Garden

Truck garden © William Britten use with permission only

This Old Truck

This old Truck © William Britten use with permission only

Philosophical Friday here again, and Friday the 13th no less. These pictures of the marvelous old pickup truck resting in glorious decay illustrate the idea that beauty and ugliness do not lie at opposite ends of a spectrum. Rather, there seems to be a circular relationship, where if you start out at beautiful and head…

Best Lemonade in the Smokies!

Best Lemonade in the Smokies! © William Britten use with permission only

Here’s a tip for those hot summer days touring around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park: the best lemonade is over in Mt. Sterling near the entrance to the Big Creek section of the Park. It’s a bit of an effort to get to this lemonade stand, but it could be worth it, especially if…

A Smoky Mountains Rest Stop


If you are ever traveling on NC Route 284 between Cosby, TN, and the Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains, you might find yourself in need of a rest stop. Now this is a fine gravel highway with some excellent gift shops along the way (see below). If you watch for the sign pointing…

Those Crazy Kayakers

Kayaking in the Smoky Mountains

Whenever the creeks of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park swell with rainfall, which is often in the springtime, the kayakers come forth. It seems like a daring adventure to me, and a paradoxical compromise between going with the flow and aggressively making your own path. These folks must watch the weather like tornado chasers,…

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