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About Oh, the Places We See

Met at University of Tennessee, been married for 47 years, and still passionate about travel whether we're volunteering with Habitat Global Village, combining work at Discovery with pleasure, or just seeing the world. Hope you'll join us as we try to see it all while we can!

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Every Angle

Knoxville’s Chilhowee Park is known around town as the place for exhibits, the Tennessee Valley Fair, and special events.  But one building, listed in Knox Heritage‘s  Fragile Fifteen, is an endangered structure:  the historic Rabbit & Poultry Barn.  Built in … Continue reading

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Beautifully patterned: Ca’ d’Zan at The Ringling

It’s not just the miniature circus at The Ringling that draws tourists to dreamy Sarasota, Florida.  It’s also the lure of how the wealthy once lived.  And who doesn’t like a glimpse of the lavish lifestyles of the past?  If … Continue reading

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Travel theme: Gleaming

Travel provides memorable moments, gleaming ones, in fact, like sunrises, sunsets, happy sights, and people beaming with pride.  And it’s those very moments that urge us on to carry cameras and hope for the sparkle that the next big (or little) … Continue reading

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Miniature circus brings big joy: Tibbals Learning Center at The Ringling

It’s not often you get to see a lifetime project laid out as meticulously as this, but when you go to the Tibbals Learning Center at The Ringling to stare at the tiny circus — figures, tents, animals, wagons, and more — … Continue reading

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A Blast with the Past: East Tennessee History Fair 2014

With the upcoming East Tennessee History Fair coming up August 15, 2015, we are reposting this blog that was originally published in 2014.  For a listing of all the activities (and there are many), be sure to check the East … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Beneath Your Feet

Over the past few years, we’ve stood on some pretty impressive spots.  And, when we remember to look down, we’ve seen some mighty remarkable floors, stairwells, porches, etc.  Here are a few surfaces that we’re proud to say have recently … Continue reading

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Travel theme: Gray

Have you ever built yourself up to see something in the tour guides or on the map, and then you get there only to find it’s closed?  Or under repair? Or something? Well, sometimes a splendid day of vacation can turn gray … Continue reading

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Travel theme: Wind

Gearhart, Oregon, is one of those sweet little seaside towns you can’t get enough of:  gray shingled houses, climbing roses over picket fences, small cafe filled with the smells of homemade bread, and a long walk through tall grasses that … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Inspiration

For the past 30 years or so, we’ve visited Pawleys Island, South Carolina, the last week of July.  As an educator, I’ve often walked the beach to reflect on what worked the year before in teaching students and what I’d … Continue reading

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20 Great Places to See: Northwest Oregon

As anyone knows, there are lots more than 20 great places to see in Northwest Oregon, but when you only have one week in paradise, you have to pick and choose.  Our trip began in Portland on the Fourth of … Continue reading

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