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7 Great Things To Do In Bryson City, N.C.

Tubing in Deep Creek, Smoky Mountains National Park

Whether a mountain hike or tubing down a wilderness spring is your idea of the perfect outdoor getaway, there are plenty of fun things to do in Bryson City, N.C.  The Great Smoky Mountains are ideal for those on a quest for serenity, adventure, or a little of both. With the region’s natural beauty and thrilling outdoor activities to choose from, your family vacation or a girls’ trip is bound to be a success. Pamper Yourself By Staying at Lakeview at Fontana Staying at Lakeview at Fontana was Shangri-la for our group of girlfriends celebrating some of our “Medicare Birthdays.”  …

Hike Dismals Canyon in North Alabama

Hike Alabama's Dismals Canyon and Visit Rattlesnake Saloon

Dismals Canyon — just a short drive from Birmingham If you love to hike, one of the best hikes is in northwest Alabama. Dismals Canyon is privately owned and located in Phil Campbell, only about an hour and a half drive from Birmingham. The area was designated a “national nature landmark” in 1975. It spreads 85 acres and is definitely one of the most amazing natural areas in our state. The hike also features two waterfalls along with hidden chambers and small caverns for those who also enjoy exploring caves. Appreciate the gift of nature As a young child, my …

Traveler’s Over 50: A Self-guided tour of Historic St. Augustine

St. Augustine, Florida, is a city rich in history. I like to imagine living during different eras as I soak in the background and ambiance of a new place. I really can’t see myself living as a pirate, or aboard a Spanish galleon. I do like the idea of lounging (with a wide-brimmed hat and parasol) on the grounds of the newly built hotels in St. Augustine in 1890, as one of “America’s elite.” St. Augustine, founded in 1565 by Spanish explorers, is the oldest continuously occupied city in the continental U.S.  The historical relevance of the earliest U.S. explorers …

Travelers Over 50: Road Scholar on Eastern coastal islands and Okefenokee Swamp

  The Road Scholar Organization Do you love to travel and learn, but don’t want the trouble of researching and planning a trip?  Then the Road Scholar organization is designed for you!  In the past,  you had to be at least 50 years old to participate in their programs, but now any adult may join in!  Click here to visit the Road Scholar website. Road Scholar is a not-for-profit organization geared toward adults aged 50 and over.  It was founded in 1975 as Elderhostel, when its attendees were housed mostly in university dormitories and taught by university professors.  They changed their …

The Upper Florida Keys–A Baby Boomer’s Road Trip

Jimmy Buffett’s 1974 A1A album cover photo said it all — with his surfer-dude look, sitting under a palm tree. If the Baby Boomers had not already taken a road trip to the Florida Keys on the famous highway, this album cover was surely the inspiration to travel to a laid back paradise. My first trek South on Florida Highway A1A was as a college student in a Miata convertible with very little money, a two-man tent and sleeping bags in the tiny trunk. In the ’70s, we didn’t even need reservations in campgrounds, and hardly anyone referred to us as …