Chasing a Moonbow at Cumberland Falls, KY

Chasing a Moonbow at Cumberland Falls, KY

Here’s an item for your bucket list:  Marveling at a magical moonbow – not a rainbow, but a moonbow. This phenomenon occurs at Cumberland Falls in southeastern Kentucky and nowhere else in the western hemisphere. Cumberland Falls, the centerpiece of a popular Kentucky state park, is a curtain of water 125 feet across and 60 feet tall. It pours into a rocky gorge, and on the nights of a full moon, magic happens. There, arching across the night sky,  is a moonbow. Kentucky native T. Coleman DuPont bought the falls in 1927 and gave…Read more
The Key to a Great Florida Vacation

The Key to a Great Florida Vacation

Just off the southern coast of Florida is a beautiful, 112 mile long string of tropical islands known as "America's Caribbean" -- the Florida Keys. A popular tourist destination, the Keys are renowned for their spectacular beaches and offer water activities and amenities similar to other island locales: fishing, boating, diving, kayaking and more. The main ports of call along the Keys are Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Big Pine Key and Key West.   One of the main attractions on Key Largo is John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, the first underwater park in the…Read more
Slow and Easy on Mississippi’s Natchez Trace Parkway

Slow and Easy on Mississippi’s Natchez Trace Parkway

While you’re on the quiet, slow-paced Natchez Trace Parkway drive, try to imagine that walking was how people traveled this route until just a few decades ago. In 1810 alone, 10,000 Americans trudged north from Natchez, Mississippi, to Nashville, Tennessee, and then home to the Midwest. Whether from Kentucky, Ohio or Pennsylvania, they were called “Kaintucks.” They had floated commodity-laden riverboats down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers to Natchez or New Orleans, sold their goods, dismantled their boats for lumber and headed home by foot. Their more-than-500-mile trek on the Natchez Trace took about 35 days –…Read more
Arkansas’ Big Dam Bridge: The Longest Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge in America

Arkansas’ Big Dam Bridge: The Longest Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge in America

 Top photo by Chris Bradley My husband, Michael, has never been a big fan of bridges. He doesn’t have full-blown gephyrophobia (a fear of bridges), but he has been known to drive out of his way to avoid overly long or sketchy-looking bridges in his day. So, imagine my surprise when he said he’d accompany me to the Big Dam Bridge when we visited Little Rock, Arkansas recently.  I mean, we’re talking about a 4,226 foot span that rises to 90 feet over the Arkansas River. That may not seem like a long distance…if…Read more
Louisiana’s Unique Christmas Bonfire Tradition Brings a Few Surprises

Louisiana’s Unique Christmas Bonfire Tradition Brings a Few Surprises

Sometimes, the best Christmas lights aren’t found on a tree or in a store window. They’re found on the levees along the Mississippi River in Louisiana. Christmas Eve bonfires are a unique tradition you probably won’t find outside Louisiana. Typically, they are built on 15- 20 ft. teepee-shaped pyres. If you pass by the area during the month of December, you will most likely see the rows of tall wooden pyramids, waiting for their time to shine. But leave it to good ol’ Cajun creativity and ingenuity to improve on tradition. In past…Read more
The Ruby Falls Christmas Underground: a Thrilling Holiday Adventure in Chattanooga, TN

The Ruby Falls Christmas Underground: a Thrilling Holiday Adventure in Chattanooga, TN

Right about now, kids all over the world are thinking of Santa Claus and his elves, busily making toys and preparing for Christmas at the North Pole. Well, those kids would most likely be surprised and excited to learn about a secret underground passageway that leads to the North Pole at one of the oldest and most popular attractions in the Southeast, Ruby Falls! Located deep inside Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Ruby Falls is a 145 foot waterfall which has been named one of the Ten Most Incredible Cave Waterfalls on Earth. Getting to the…Read more
From Amusement Parks to Natural Wonders – Find it all in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

From Amusement Parks to Natural Wonders – Find it all in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

This year, I spent my summer vacation in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Now, I know a lot of you may not be familiar with Pigeon Forge, but if you’re looking for an area that truly has something for everyone, then this is it! One of the main attractions in Pigeon Forge is Dolly Parton’s Dollywood, hailed as one of the best theme parks in the world. My husband Michael and I both felt the honor was well-deserved! The park is very clean and well maintained, with some of the most amazing roller coasters in…Read more
Take a Break from the Sun and Sand at Virginia Beach’s Military Aviation Museum

Take a Break from the Sun and Sand at Virginia Beach’s Military Aviation Museum

Top photo source  My husband Michael and I spent an awesome week in Virginia Beach last month and we thoroughly enjoyed the lively, 3-mile-long ocean boardwalk, the exciting attractions, the amusement rides, and the many other fun-in-the-sun activities Virginia Beach has to offer. The weather was sunny and hot…perfect conditions for a fun-filled beach vacation. Sometimes too perfect!   One day, needing a little break from the sun and sand, Michael suggested we check out the Military Aviation Museum, a short 20 minute drive from the Boardwalk.  I admit this was not my first choice for…Read more
A Sweet Spot in Sweetwater, Tennessee: The Lost Sea

A Sweet Spot in Sweetwater, Tennessee: The Lost Sea

Sweetwater, Tennessee is a lovely town nestled in the rolling hills between Chattanooga and Knoxville. It is a peaceful place; a respite from the hustle and bustle most of us have to deal with in our everyday lives. But people don’t only come to Sweetwater to chill out; they  come for the rich history and to explore nature, for the unique shops and eateries, and for the wide variety of attractions, including The Lost Sea, the largest underground lake in America.  Located deep within the Craighead Caverns, The Lost Sea was discovered in 1905…Read more
Celebrate America and The Father of American Music This Holiday Weekend in Kentucky

Celebrate America and The Father of American Music This Holiday Weekend in Kentucky

Kentuckians will not only be celebrating the birth of America’s independence this 4th of July, but also the birth of America’s first great songwriter, Stephen Foster. Born on July 4, 1826, Foster was a frequent visitor to Federal Hill, the Rowan family’s Georgian-style mansion in Bardstown, a charming community located in the heart of Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region. He immortalized Federal Hill in his hauntingly beautiful song, “My Old Kentucky Home”, which later became Kentucky’s official state song.  The celebration will take place on Saturday, July 2nd, at My Old Kentucky Home State Park, home…Read more