great smoky mountains
The blaze has destroyed more than 150 structures.
Ready to get out of the summer theme park rut? Want to get your kids physically active and learning while having a blast? Check out these three summer destinations all perfect for families of all ages, and all within two hours of Atlanta.
During 27 years of marriage, we had long passed the point of taking each other for granted. It didn't help that we worked opposite schedules for so many years -- becoming almost alternating parents. In the past year, we've made a conscious effort to change that focus.
Sometimes we find diamonds in hidden places we want to keep them secret and not share. Then again, wonderful jewels kept in darkness never bring joy to anyone. I stumbled on two such nearly hidden jewels on my recent backroads trip in Western North Carolina.
While it's fun and cheap to visit year-round, those who are picky and visit in April or May will be rewarded. Shoulder Season is upon us, and it doesn't get much better than this -- mild weather, empty hiking trails and scene stealing wildflowers are just a few great reasons to visit the Smokies.
By Douglas M. Main, OurAmazingPlanet Contributor The shroud that envelopes the Great Smoky Mountains isn't actually smoke