The Smoky Mountains | Tennessee

To reach the Great Smoky Mountains we left the Blue Ridge Parkway and veered into Tennessee. There were a few entry points into the National Park this way and and it would also give us a very small taste of the ‘soundtrack of America’ state. As we reached the small village of Cosby big signs…

Autumn on the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Autumn colours finally started to show more as we reached Doughton Park. The road also had some nice sections of open pastures so the trees got extra sunshine and those areas popped with colour. We enjoyed a short walk up some bald hills to a dramatic view of the layered mountains. It was such…

Exploring the Appalachian Mountains

After the long drive east it was finally time to head south towards Florida – the scenic route of course. So we started the journey in Shenandoah National Park where the Skyline Parkway begins. It’s an extremely scenic road that winds its way along a ridgline in the Appalachian mountains. Instead of normal pointy mountains…

Paranormal or Myth | A tour through a lunatic asylum

The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum is said to be one of Americas most haunted buildings and it was easy to see how when we read over 50,000 deaths occurred during the running of the asylum from 1864 until 1994. We both wanted to find out what life was like in an asylum, how the patients were…

Life inside one of Americas most notorious prisons

The West Virginia State Penitentiary was regarded as being amongst Americas top 10 most violent correctional facilities. The huge gothic maximum security prison operated from 1876 up until 1995. It’s now used for training programs, tours and mock riots – mind you the marines aren’t welcome back after a member shot the face of a…

The Taj Mahal of America | West Virginia

Set amongst the rolling hills of West Virginia is a little slice of India, and what some say is the Taj Mahal of America. A wiggly, hilly road took us past farm houses where the American flag swayed in the wind and shortly after we arrived at the majestic palace. Swami Prabhupada was the founder…