I've been your cabin inspector, property manager, your housekeeper, your reservationist and your cashier here in the Tennessee Smoky Mountains. I've worked behind the scenes of the tourism industry in a variety of interesting jobs over the years and I've had a pretty unique perspective on things around here.
I was working as a cabin inspector the day of the devastating wildfires on November 28, 2016. I was in about 12 different cabins, scattered all over the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area that day, some of which I was the last person to ever step foot in before they burned to the ground that night.
I always took pictures as I worked, since I was overwhelmed by the beauty of what I saw day to day in the mountains. When I saw the devastation over the days and weeks that followed the fires, I was inspired to make my 1st video about what I saw and the before and after pictures that moved me and broke my heart.
It also inspired me to make this site, where I can share the endless beauty, fun and adventures that this place seems to bring out in everyone who visits.
It reminds me of how I grew up in a world where playing in woods and creeks are some of my happiest childhood memories.
I'm not a big corporation, or even a business owner. I am the creator, designer, photographer, author and publisher of this site. While I do use some stock photos, many of the shots on the site are original and were taken by me.
I am a creative observer, an outdoor enthusiast, a lover of animals and nature, who wanted to write about, and share some things I love and see where they would take me.
If you love the mountains like I do, I invite you to come on the journey with me. This site is always evolving, improving, growing and changing. I want to share helpful information for travelers, visitors and those who appreciate the outdoors and nature.
You can be sure that any attraction, place, product or service I recommend is because I have either experienced it myself, or know others who have, or carefully researched it and am very familiar with it.
The smallest spark of light that shines from the big, dark sky to show you the way and give you hope when you need it most. It's staring up in amazement on a warm summer night, feeling completely happy and at peace.
Just make a wish.