Blue Ridge Parkway, NC

Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center After World War II, a renewed sense of optimism coupled with relatively cheap and available gasoline put Americans in their cars and on the move.  Automobile designs such as the station wagon held growing families.  The Blue Ridge Parkway opened the region to recreational driving as more people than ever… Continue reading Blue Ridge Parkway, NC

The Biltmore Estate – Ashland, NC

While in Ashland NC we toured the Biltmore Estate, built by George Vanderbilt. George’s dad, Cornelius "Commodore" Vanderbilt started the family business by borrowing $100 from his mother and piloting a passenger boat on Staten Island in 1810. He expanded into steamboats and then went on to build railroad empire New York Central. Biltmore was the first professionally managed… Continue reading The Biltmore Estate – Ashland, NC

The Gatlinburg Surprise

From Elkmont campground we drove to Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  I was really surprised by what we found.  My expectations were based on a hodge podge clump of public education I picked up in fourth grade – “Fourteen hundred and ninety-two Columbus sailed the ocean blue”, and then there was "One-ith by land, two-ith by sea, and… Continue reading The Gatlinburg Surprise

I Have Forever

I’m getting lazy. Retirement just kicked in. All we do is ride bike, walk the beach, hike, dine out, kayak, hike some more, and swim with the manatee.  I should have all sorts of time to post little Living in Eternity stories, but I have not done so.  Yes, I’m most definitely getting lazy. Silver Springs We… Continue reading I Have Forever

New Orleans – The Huey P. Long & Destrehan Plantation

There is a lot of water in Louisiana that means you need a lot of bridging.  The 24-mile bridge from Mandeville to New Orleans was the longest; the Huey P. Long  was the most interesting.  It is the longest elevated train track in the U.S.  Very impressive.  We crossed “The Heuy” each time we drove from… Continue reading New Orleans – The Huey P. Long & Destrehan Plantation

New Orleans – Partial Review

We found New Orleans to be a fun tourist destination. State Parks were great, downtown was fun, and a plantation tour gave us a wonderful historic view of Napoleonic rule. We stayed (2) nights at the New Orleans KOA. The campground offers free shuttle service to downtown New Orleans. They held our mail, and several Amazon purchases… Continue reading New Orleans – Partial Review