Goodbye Thunder Road

July 26, 2015 was a historic moment for the Carolinas signaling the end of a legend, Thunder Road at Carowinds Amusement Park. Over 160 coaster enthusiasts and thousands of fans flocked into the park to pay their final tributes. This iconic wooden roller coaster has served many millions of riders...

The Rebirth of Kentucky Kingdom

Located in the heart of Louisville Kentucky, Kentucky Kingdom first opened its gates to the public in 1987.  After a dismal start, it closed after only one season and remained that way until 1990. Ed Hart purchased the park in 1989 and led Kentucky Kingdom to what was reportedly the...

A Bavarian Escape in Alpine Helen

Nestled at the southern edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains is a small town that brings the charm of Bavaria to northern Georgia. Alpine Helen, Georgia encompasses just over 2 square miles and boasts a population of 430 but its beauty and small town feel are only part of its...

Be prepared for your next adventure with a checklist

When we started RVing over 10 years ago, we began stocking our RV with its own set of items that we need every day.  This includes towels, washcloths, hygiene items, silverware, utensils, and dinnerware.  Over the years, our RV stock has grown to include a first aid kit, aluminum foil,...

Get in touch with nature at Enota Mountain Retreat

Cradled in the southern tip of the Appalachian Mountains and just a short 25 minute drive north of Helen, Georgia, is Enota Mountain Retreat.  This nature preserve offers a variety of camp sites, rv sites, and cabins. What adds to its beauty and allure is that it is located near...

The Smokies – A peak outdoor adventure

One of our favorite places to spend time is in the mountains.  Any mountains.  While our trips to the Rocky Mountains have been breathtaking with gorgeous views of of their much younger, majestic peaks, there are different, breathtaking views and many adventures awaiting in the Smokies. The Great Smoky Mountains...

It’s the end of the road…in Key West

For pleasure or fun, relaxation or rum, there’s one place you must run to enjoy the warm sun, it’s the southernmost tip with views second to none. But drivers beware, there’s no easy way there, you’ll find bridge after bridge after bridge. Along the journey crocodiles you may see and...

Fury 325 Opens With a Bang

The much anticipated day has finally arrived and Fury 325 officially opens!  With a big bang, I might add.  But first, let’s back up a moment and start from the beginning. The grand opening of the world’s tallest and fastest traditional-lift roller coaster conveniently fell on 3/25/2015.  While the day...
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  • It’s all about the journey
    We love to travel.  All too often, though, we get wrapped up on where we’re going and what we are going to do and forget …
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    NOTE:  The following article contains some content that is rated PG-13.  Photos, descriptions, and dialogue may be disturbing to some readers. Hey all you ghouls …