Author Archives: Oh, the Places We See

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!

To infinity and beyond: Kennedy Space Center

If you’ve ever wanted to tap into your inner astronaut, strap on a jet pack and head to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex near Orlando in Central Florida.  There’s nothing second-rate about this hands-on (and sometimes full-body) experience with big-time, … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Muse

Cades Cove, Tennessee, is glorious.  With 6800 acres of quiet, rolling, tucked-away land in the Great Smoky Mountains, the cove holds the widest variety of historic buildings of any national park, but it’s the rough-hewn, still-standing cabins that we love most. If … Continue reading

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Travel theme: Old-fashioned

Collecting has always been fun for me, and, thanks to my dad who left me several old shaving tools, my collection of all things barbering has grown.  From a time gone by, shaving brushes, razors, and Old Spice mugs allow … Continue reading

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Shopping local feels good at The Traveling Bazaar

As a former antiques dealer and flea market hound, I loved the idea of The Traveling Bazaar. Brainstorm of organizer Tamara Cook, this gathering of artisans, antiques dealers, and in-home makers of goods I love known as The Traveling Bazaar appears (not … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: ROY G. BIV

ROY G. BIV?  Really? Took us by surprise, too.  But it’s this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge from WordPress with an acronym for all the colors of the rainbow:  Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet. And right on target, coinciding … Continue reading

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Travel theme: Off-center

Although all the quilting shops I visited during the East Tennessee Shop Hop June 4 through 14, 2015, showcased their finest work on their store walls, this one quilt became a focal point at Mountain Stitches by Susan in Gatlinburg. … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Off-season

As if it could read the Weekly Photo Challenge for this week — Off-season — my White Star White Magnolia produced a surprise bloom on fully green branches in the 90-degree summer weather yesterday.  It didn’t stay pretty long, however. … Continue reading

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Eye candy for quilters: East Tennessee Shop Hop (Part II)

A quilting Shop Hop, I’ve come to discover, not only acquaints you with the latest fabrics, cutting tools, and ways to form blocks, it just by golly grabs you.  After visiting six shops from Jonesborough to Crossville, I couldn’t wait … Continue reading

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Eye candy for quilters: East Tennessee Shop Hop 2015 (Part I)

A simple love of fabrics would have been enough to entice you join the East Tennessee Shop Hop for quilting enthusiasts.  But even if you were a novice as I am, you’d find much more to love — and learn. … Continue reading

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People watchin’s as much fun as “eatin’ them wangs”: Knoxville’s Big Kahuna Wing Festival

We’re reposting this piece on the Big Kahuna Wing Festival from the event in 2013.  Tomorrow the 2015 version rolls out from 12 to 8 at World’s Fair Park in Knoxville.  Get ready for the tastiest wings anywhere and for … Continue reading

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