New England and Canada Cruise - Sydney

One of the most laid-back ports of our cruise on the Norwegian Dawn was Sydney, Nova Scotia. We had no real plans; get off the ship and walk around. The approach to the dock was a pretty sail.

New England and Canada Cruise - Halifax

Good morning Halifax, Nova Scotia! This was our third port of call on our seven day New England and Canada cruise. I was happy to see all the action as we sailed into the port. Plenty of ships and trains to watch from the railing aboard the Norwegian Dawn.

New England and Canada Cruise - Bar Harbor

Who's ready for some "lobstah?" A foggy morning greeted us at our second port of our New England and Canada cruise aboard the Norwegian Dawn. Our tender was delayed because it had to wait for a larger boat to guide it into the dock. There was no visual navigation since you could only see a few feet in the fog.

New England and Canada Cruise - Boston

We left a little early for our New England and Canada Cruise aboard the Norwegian Dawn in order to outrun Hurricane Florence. This gave us an extra day to explore our first port of Boston without worrying about airline flights being canceled.

Boston Harbor

Goodbye, Little Cube.

A recent trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway had me sweating bullets when the transmission of our Nissan Cube began to slip. The Parkway is not a good place to break down as there is no shoulder and few places to pull over. Cellphone coverage can be spotty as well. We survived but after doing some research I discovered that the Nissan CVTs are notoriously bad. Our little buddy was still under an extended warranty but we decided to say goodbye to it. We just had too many scheduled trips coming up to be dealing with trying to get it repaired. Great little car; until it wasn't.

Sampling Whiskey at Elevated Mountain Distilling Company

We took a short drive over to Elevated Mountain Distilling Company in order to support the Women Of Waynesville (WOW). All the proceeds of the distillery tour were given to WOW that night. Dave Angel was our host for the tour. He told us all about Elevated's process and what makes them different. Good whiskey, an interesting tour, and hot dogs from the cart out front made for a fantastic evening.

Road Trip: Marion Freight Depot

We took a little side trip to go see the Marion Freight Depot. According to documents sent for historic district designation, the current freight depot was built in 1932 to replace a freight depot on the same spot. It is now used as a community meeting place. The original passenger station was demolished sometime around 1952 when an addition was added to the freight depot to serve the same function.

Photos from the Christmas in July Tractor Show

What a great place to hold a tractor show! The Christmas in July Tractor Show was held at the North River Farms in Mills River, North Carolina. Tractors for Tots really did a great job at this show with lots of things to see and do.

Folkmoot Parade of Nations

Another weekend, another parade. It seems like there is something happening almost every weekend in downtown Waynesville during the Summer. This Saturday morning we were treated to the Folkmoot Parade of Nations.

Road Trip: Mingus Mill

Built in 1886, Mingus Mill was the largest gristmill in the Smokies. It still operates today and we picked up a sack of whole wheat flour and cornmeal as souvenirs.

Photos from the Mountaineer Antique Auto Show

We took a drive to the WNC Ag Center for the 2018 Mountaineer Antique Auto Show. It's a nice little show with a car corral and swap meet. The grounds were a bit tore up this year as the Ag Center was in the middle of repaving. Still, we enjoyed walking around the cars and vendor tables.

Waynesville Fourth of July Children's Parade

Living in a small town has its perks. There is always something going on downtown. This morning we walked downtown to enjoy the youngsters parading down Main Street for the annual July 4th Children's Parade. The kids all seemed to be having fun and it was great to get out and be with our neighbors.

Photos from Chihuly at Biltmore Estate

A bonus for us this year with our season passes to Biltmore Estate is the Chihuly Glass artwork that is displayed throughout the estate grounds. Colorful pieces combine with the beauty of the flowers and plants to create a wonderful experience.

Friends and Family Weekend

We have been hosting more and more visitors to WNC. This weekend was the first time family came to visit. My sister Terry and her friend Lisa spent the weekend exploring waterfalls and seeing Biltmore Estate.

23rd Annual Antique Tractor & Engine Show

We always try to make a stop at the Annual Antique Tractor & Engine Show put on by the Ole Smoky Antique Tractor & Engine Association. Hey, it's free and just up the road from us at the Haywood County Fairgrounds.

Photos from the Maggie Valley Icons of Hotrodding Festival

Thank goodness for hardcore hotrodders. The Kustom Kemps of America Maggie Valley Icons of Hotrodding Festival show had some bad Saturday morning weather. But, some really nice rides were on the show field despite the rain. While we didn't stay long, I enjoyed talking to everyone and looking at the amazing vehicles.

Road Trip - NC Transportation Museum Train Show

We took the time to explore the grounds of the NC Transportation Museum in Spencer, NC during the annual National Train Day Train Show. Several vintage locomotives were running the day that we were there including Southern Railway FP-3 #6133, Atlantic Coast Line E3 #501, and B&MH H-12-44 #1860.

Southern 6133

Photos from the 2018 ATHS Truck Show

I hitched a ride with my good friend, Jerry, to the North Carolina Transportation Museum. The American Truck Historical Society was having their annual truck show and we wanted to see what would show up.

A Photo from Sunburst Falls

We are always stopping on the side of the road to enjoy life. Even in the rain, Sunburst Falls are enjoyable.

Upper section of Sunburst Falls

Murphy Branch: End of the Line

We were in the neighborhood so we stopped at the old L & N Depot in Murphy, NC. It was raining pretty hard so we didn't explore much or stay very long. This is the end of the line for the Southern Railway's Murphy Branch.

Photos from the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

We stopped by Blue Ridge, GA to do some shopping and grab lunch. While there, I had to take a few photos of the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway and other Patriot Rail equipment. Georgia Northeastern Railroad #8705 (GNRR), Columbia and Cowlitz Railroad #3810 (CLC), and the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway #7529 (BRSR) were all on the tracks nearby.

Georgia Northeastern Railroad #8705 (GNRR) at Blue Ridge, GA

Road Trip to Mineral Bluff Depot

We are on the road again. This trip finds us traveling to Mineral Bluff, Georgia to the old Marietta and North Georgia Railway (M&NGR) Depot at 150 Railroad Avenue. The depot was built in 1887. The tracks have been owned by various railroads, including Atlantic, Knoxville, and Northern Railroad Construction Company in 1896, the Louisville and Nashville Railroad (L&N) in 1902, CSX Transportation (CSX) in 1986, and Georgia Northeastern Railroad in 1987 (GNRR).  The Mineral Bluff  Depot last saw freight action in the 1950's. After a renovation in 2007, it is now home to the Tri-State Model Railroaders.

Photos from the World's Greatest Hobby on Tour in Charlotte, NC

The Bubba's Garage crew loves them some model trains. We all piled into the car and took a road trip to the World's Greatest Hobby on Tour in Charlotte, North Carolina. Being the stickler for being at a show right when it opens paid off for this show at the Park Expo and Conference Center. It got very crowded real fast.

Tinplate at The World's Greatest Hobby on Tour

Frozen Falls of Western North Carolina

It's January in Western North Carolina. It's unusually cold. So, what do you do? You go look at frozen waterfalls! It was only 6 degrees Fahrenheit when we left Bubba's Garage for a short road trip to Highlands, North Carolina to check out some frozen waterfalls. First up on US Route 64 was the 65-foot drop of the Dry Falls. Normally you can walk behind the falls but because there was so much ice the Forest Service had closed the trail for safety. We behaved ourselves, stayed behind the ropes and viewed the falls from the upper observation deck.

Frozen Dry Falls