An unplanned Gatlinburg getaway

I’M not quite sure how to describe the city of Gatlinburg, Tennessee other than a town that took my breathe away. I spent one weekend recently in Gatlinburg with husband Ronnie and daughter GG. It was actually an unplanned getaway....more

Recreational Activities Can Help To Reduce Your Fears

By: Stan Popovich Taking advantage of certain recreational activities can be a great source in managing your stresses and anxieties. There are many ways in which taking advantage of recreational sports and activities can help you relieve some of your stresses. Here are some ideas on how taking part in some recreational activities can help you to feel better. The first step is to make sure you talk to your doctor or medical professional so you will not hurt yourself. Talk to your doctor and ask him what kinds of activities you should do so you do not injure yourself....more

I'm Asian, and I'm Going Camping!

This Labor Day weekend, I’m heading to Yosemite National Park with my family for a weekend of camping, hiking and swimming. Every summer, we spend several days camped out in a national park – no Internet, TV, cell phones, or electricity....more
@Shannon LC Cate That's a good point about racism and homophobia en route to the ...more

Conquering Mt. Whitney...in a Day

Bob, my brother, and I made it to the top of Mt Whitney at 1:15 p.m. August 30, 2011.  We got up at 2:00 a.m. and were on the trail at 2:30 a.m.  We hiked for around 3 and 1/2 hours in the dark.  It was a bit surreal to be hiking with just the light of our headlamps showing the trail.  It was just a lot of uphill hiking without the benefit of wonderful views.  We did hear lots of water and had to cross several streams on logs and by rock hopping.  It was nice when the sun finally rose and we could put away the headlamps....more
Great trip report - I do alpine starts before dawn all of the time in winter in New Hmapshire to ...more

Living Nicely!

To blog or not to blog...blahg, blahg, blahg...After mulling around in the muck and mire of indecision, I have decided to jump into the blogpool and fill more virtual space with my mundane take on Life, or to be specific: Living Nicely! Firmly believing that everything has been said and done somewhere, by someone, I have no expectations of originality or uniqueness for this blog...however, I do believe that even though someone else has been there and done that, it doesn't hurt to try to do it better! ...more