Dogwood Arts Chalk Walk 2015

Two words to describe this event. "TRULY AMAZING"!

Why is it truly amazing? Well if you actually came or saw pictures of the artwork you know what I'm talking about.

The Knoxville Chalk Walk is a day-long street painting festival that turns downtown Knoxville sidewalks into a seemingly infinite canvas for the region’s most talented professional and student artists. This event usually falls on  weekend of April. The artists are basically pouring their heart and soul into what they love to do and that is to DRAW with chalk. Some are first timers and others are veterans of the festival. For onlookers like us that can't draw it's free to look around and admire!. Artists do the hard work working on their art from morning to dusk . Fun for all ages! Bring the family and get some ideas for your child’s next driveway masterpiece – or your own!

Chalk walk art masterpiece in progress
Downtown sidewalks and streets became the canvas chalk masterpieces at Dogwood Arts Chalk Walk.

Myrtle Beach Easter Getaway

   Me and my husband took a little vacation down in South Carolina last Easter weekend. Myrtle Beach was an excellent choice. We had a great time but unfortunately didn't have enough time to check everything out. We stayed at Best Western Plus Grand Strand this hotel is conveniently located . The ocean is across from the main building - easy and safe to cross the road. We saved a small fortune by eating the free breakfast. We had a kitchenette and brought stuff for simple lunches. I love this beach! It is pretty clean for a public beach.

   Myrtle Beach is a great place for a vacation.  You just need to know where to go and where to stay. This beach stretches on for miles and miles of white sand beaches. On these white sands you'll find plenty of fun in the sun, from sailing and surfing to sunbathing and shell hunting. You can also fish, shop, or simply stroll along the Strand.

City of Myrtle Beach:
937 Broadway St
    Myrtle Beach, SC 29578
        Phone number (843) 918-1000
    Business website

Beautiful day at the beach

The mediterranean of the South East US, this beach stretches on for miles and miles of white sand beaches

Beautiful clean sand lines the shore.
Great place to just sit back, relax, and leave your worries behind.
Nice day at the beach

Smoky Mountain Log Cabins

   Winter has been rough this year East Tennessee has been hit repeatedly with snow and ice. For a place where it only snows a few times a year, having a 3 to 4 inches of snow in the ground is a big deal.  Anyway this weekend finally our temperature is back to 40-ish again yehey. We drove to Gatlinburg and spend hours there admiring the snowy scene in the Smoky Mountains. Amazing views can be found everywhere in the Smokies, see for yourself.

Smoky Mountain Cabins Rental 

For Sale - How can you not love this house?

Beautiful Places to Get Married

Wedding Cabins & Outdoor Ceremonies in Smoky Mountains
   Couples looking for beautiful places to get married have plenty of options in Gatlinburg and the Smokies - from deep woods and whispering waters to long valley vistas and charming wedding cabins. Explore your options for outdoor ceremonies and wedding cabins You’ll find plenty of beautiful places to get married--the hardest part will be choosing the perfect one! Great Smoky Mountains National Park setting offer  picture perfect to Say "I do".

Celebrate Your Love in the Splendor Of Niagara Falls
   Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life.  What could be more romantic than exchanging your vows in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, overlooking one of the most breathtaking natural wonders. For decades, Niagara Falls has been known as the "Honeymoon Capital of the World." It is also a premier destination for you to create an unforgettable wedding reception. Getting married in Niagara Falls is like no place else on Earth.

Caribbean Islands Perfect for Destination Weddings
   The Caribbean endures as a top pick for destination weddings for dozens of reasons. If you choose to celebrate at one of the Caribbean Islands wedding venues, you shouldn't settle for anything less than perfection. A moonlit night, a breezy, cloudless sky, dramatic sunset, the sound of the sea in the background and romance. The Caribbean Islands wedding will transform your vision into the celebration of a lifetime. 

  Of course, no romantic wedding would be complete without flowers. I have recently come across a great website that provides easy DIY floral arrangements kits  for weddings and events. Many brides turn to DIY to save costs, but the process of  researching, purchasing, and arranging florals often end up causing more stress and dollars. Bloominous is making DIY fun, easy, and approachable for anyone who wants to try. Check it out at DIY wedding flowers.

Rainbow Falls Trailhead

   Gatlinburg Tennessee is absolutely one of our favorite places in the world for so many reasons. It's a quaint little mountain town that was settled in the early 1800s. There are so many things to do for singles, families, groups or loners that any and every one could have a great time without compromising. Lots of food, entertainment, relaxation, scenery and most important for us… nature.

   We are a very active couple our favorite thing to do when in the mountains is hike, especially if it leads to a beautiful waterfall. Gatlinburg is at the mouth of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, land of a thousand waterfalls & overlooks. Nature is truly at its best right here and I would encourage anyone who enjoys outdoor activities to visit this small section of the world. 

   Rainbow Falls itself can be a pretty boring waterfall when rain is minimal, but it's gorgeous in the spring when snow from the top of the mountain begins to melt or after significant rainfall. Nature will also be showing off its colors with a variety of flowering mountain plants. The height of the waterfall is 80 feet, so it's a good size, but it can be underwhelming with just a trickle of water in the hot dry summer.


   The trail begins near a small parking area off Cherokee Orchard Loop Road. The trail starts off with a fairly mild incline laced with outcrops of stones and tree roots. The incline gradually improves giving a noticeable increase to your breathing as your body tries to keep up with the need for more oxygen. About 2/3'rd of the way to reaching Rainbow Falls, the incline gets downright ugly.  It becomes a real effort and while I agree with the 'moderate' difficulty rating for SOME of the trail, this section gets pretty hard for the casual hiker. I am fairly fit and need deep breaths to recover from the climb if I push through without any breaks. That being said, I love this trail. It's a calorie burner for sure and you will definitely get a good night’s sleep!

   The beauty of this trail is the option to continue another 3.9 miles to the summit of Mt. LeConte, which is the third largest peak in the Smoky's and part of the 2,200 mile Appalachian Trail that travels from Georgia to Maine. It's our goal to someday hike each mile of the Appalachian Trail, but I'm having a little trouble convincing myself if this is a good idea. The difficulty of Rainbow Falls is partially to blame... (ha ha!)

Trail Location:   Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail  
Round trip length:  5.4 Miles  
Total Elevation Gain:   1685 feet over 2.7 miles  
Trail Difficulty Rating:   8.77 (moderate)


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