• Cumberland Caverns – Cave and Concert Venue

    With over 32 miles of subterranean passageways, rock formations, waterfalls, and glistening pools, Cumberland Caverns is a sight to see! Located in McMinnville, TN, it’s an easy day trip from Nashville (75 miles), Chattanooga (75 miles), and Huntsville (100 miles). This Natural National Landmark is one of the most extensive cave systems in the country. This cave system is made of limestone and as the photos show, it has a strangely flat ceiling. This is due to water trapped in the limestone causing the rock to break off in sheets, leaving a new smooth layer. Some of the underground formations take 100 years to grow 1 square inch, that’s about…

  • Nashville Nights

    I climb the concrete steps to the entrance and am greeted by Aric and John, the lead singer and lead guitarist of my favorite band, The Brevet. They stand as I reach the landing, offering hugs and hellos. In the cool Nashville air, a storm brewing on the horizon, we reminisce about meeting on this very landing several years ago. I hand over $12 to the skinny bouncer and head inside to grab a beer before the show. There is another band playing, so I go out to the patio, escaping the crowd inside. Under a ceiling of thousands of string lights, I find David and Julian, the drummer and…

  • Ruby Falls, Rock City, and Incline Railway – Chattanooga, Tennessee

    Chattanooga has much to offer with free outdoor concerts, darling cafes, and some of the best coffee I’ve ever had.  But the main reason people visit the city is for the big three:  Ruby Falls, Rock City, and Incline Railway.  Are they really worth the hype though? Ruby Falls I love caves, they are a glimpse into the belly of this planet.  They are magical tunnels, full of totally unique formations, like snowflakes of the underworld.  The Ruby Falls Cave was found by accident as it had no natural opening.  These hidden underground caverns must have been so exciting to find, explore, and excavate. During the tour, the only information given about the…

  • 600-Mile Yard Sale

    The 600-Mile Yard Sale has been on my mama’s to-do list for a long time and this year it finally worked out.  Treasure hunting is a skill we share and love, so it was special to have this weekend together. The first weekend in August features sales along 690 miles of rural highway from Gadsden, Alabama to Addison, Michigan. We started our 600-mile yard sale journey in Chattanooga and headed south.  The route from Chattanooga to Gadsden is a mess of twists and turns on different rural highways.  The directions are quite difficult to follow as you can’t put a destination in the map on your phone.  There are no…