Friday, October 2, 2015

Find Out when Fall Foliage Colors Peak in East Tennessee

Fall in the Smokies
When the hot days of summer give way to cool autumn temperatures there is one thing that everyone wants to know. 'When do the fall foliage colors peak in East Tennessee?' is the question to ask. 

A common belief is that the colors peak in East Tennessee around mid-October. That's sort of true, sort of. Fall colors peak in the upper and lower mountain regions at different times. Keep reading to get more answers.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Nantahala National Forest scenic by-way is a travel dream

The Nantahala National Forest has a scenic byway and outdoor recreation. It is one of four forests in the state of North Carolina. Is is bordered on the southwestern end of North Carolina by the Cherokee National Forest. It is part of the famous Appalachian Mountains and contains the terminus of the Cherohala Skyway.

The word Cherohala was created as a name for the skyway. It is a combination of the words Cherokee and Nantahala. The name pays homage to the great forest and the people who once lived and thrived in this area. Nantahala itself can be translated from the Cherokee language as 'Land of the Noonday Sun'.

Our visit to the USS North Carolina Battleship in Wilmington, NC

Wilmington, North Carolina is a quiet town in eastern North Carolina. It had a family atmosphere. We were drawn to it because of the beach and history attractions. My husband set his sights on going there the moment that he heard about the U.S.S. North Carolina Battleship in Wilmington.

Going on a cool day is important. Another visitor, who identified himself as a veteran, said that summer on a battleship can be hot. He was a friendly, chatty fellow who seemed to be an expert. Touring the USS North Carolina helped me appreciate the lives that the sailors lived. I still might not hesitate to visit during the summer, if that's when we could go.

Hours and prices can change, so be sure to check the website before arriving. It is open for tours daily and that includes holidays. Plan on eating before you go or use the picnic area. We didn't find anything nearby but the ship did have vending machines.

Let me also give a caution to people who have disabilities.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Hello Samsung Galaxy Centura, Goodbye LG Optimus Dynamic II

The LG Optimus Dynamic II smart phone replaced another model that broke while on a mission trip. It was was the only Straight Talk phone on the Verizon network that the Wal-Mart had where we were. The voice recognition stank and it was generally quirky. I replaced that phone with the Samsung Galaxy Centura, and wish it had been in stock the first time around.

The Samsung Galaxy Centura has been reliable so far. GPS has been on the mark, voice navigation is loud enough to hear and it keeps a satellite signal. My old phone was prone to lose the signal, claimed that school was several hours away, and would suddenly reboot. It's nice not having to deal with those issues.

Read more about why I like the phone after the jump. The Amazon photo below opens to the detailed specs page where you can read other reviews and more about the phone.