I have fallen in love with Tennessee

  1. Ok, I am ready to pack up and move to the Great Smoky Mountains area of Tennessee; breathtakingly beautiful, smells so good, people so nice. I could seriously imagine giving up the rat race and living among the mountain people, learning to quilt and can and raise herbs and flowers that are used as folk remedies. I even found the name of an old mountain lady who does that type of gardening (medicinal plants.) I am thinking of taking a travel assignment there next summer and asking if I can apprentice with her and learn her secrets.

    I just got back from there; I also fell in love with the music of Appalachia; the hymns and the coal miner songs, heavy on the banjo, mandolin, and fiddle. So emotional and plaintive they make you cry.

    Everybody in Knoxville is supernice, too. Did not meet a single rude or unkind person. I am very impressed by how they unconditionally support their college football team--unlike the "fair weather fans" of my city's basketball team (Blazers)--- Have developed what I am sure will be a lifelong craving for Cherry cokes from Sonic, sweet tea from anywhere, Cracker Barrel anything, Waffle House all you can eat hashbrowns...

    Only thing that would have made the trip better would have been meeting heartholder.

    I collect insulators--you know the colored glass ones, off old power poles--? as well as old marbles and cobalt blue. Got a TON of each in Knoxville and Norris---for a SONG--cost more to ship home than they did to buy.

    I did bring back lots of Appalachian music. Looking forward to meeting Vegas and immersing her in it, uh, I mean, SHARING it with her. If you see 2 gorgeous women, flying down the Vegas strip in a green Mustang convertible, hair flying,playing the songs of Appalachia, such as "There Ain't No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down" and"In the Sweet By and By" at top volume, that will be Vegas and me--
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  3. by   deespoohbear
    If I could convince my husband to go I would have been in that area 10 years ago... I absolutely love it down there...peaceful...slower pace of life...breathtaking beauty...

    I can't wait till I can return there someday....

    Glad you enjoyed it!!
  4. by   rncountry
    My favorite part of the country! After the kids are out of school that is where we will be going.
    In May I went to Nashville for an APIC conference, I took my daughter with me. We had an absolute ball. After each day we would just take off. Did the Nashville things and then we spent a couple days just driving here, thither and yon. One of my favorite memories is driving in the mountains about two hours east of Nashville when Man of Constant Sorrows came on the radio, from the Brother where art thou sound track. One of my favorite songs. We're driving along a mountain road with the wind flying through the windows, singing our lungs out. Then we stopped at a little, bitty gas station where we bought fresh fried chicken and fried pickles. If you have never had fried pickles you are missing something. My dad's people's are from the corner of KT,TN and VA area's. I swear it's the Crabtree blood coming out everytime I get down that way. Very interesting family history on that side of the family.
    I love bluegrass, I love the slower pace of life there. Since my dad was a southern man manners was an expectation in my life, and it is always refreshing to go somewhere that no one looks at me odd when I answer someone with yes ma'am. And Southern hospitality is real.
    Check out Crabtree Falls in VA. You can put it in the search engine and up it will come. They rent out cabins there now, something to think about when the next vacation comes around. Way back when this area used to belong to my family. Can't for the life of me figure out why they kept moving west. Seriously, it is a beautiful place, and I think it may be somewhere you could really enjoy.
    Helen
  5. by   kittyw
    The Smoky Mountains are great ... just get rid of the nutty Vols fans and it would be perfect. :chuckle You'd have to live down here to appreciate it.
  6. by   Hidi74
    Ahhh My home...sniff, sniff. I saw Tennessee in the title and had to check this one out. Now I am all teary eyed thinking of home. I would love to pack up and move back. I miss it so much, for all the reasons you have listed and more. I hope to move back home after I complete school. Live in a cabin between Gatlinburg and Cherokee, NC. Have a big garden and sell my prize veggies at a roadside stand.....................oops sorry I was daydreamin again...lol. " Rocky top will always be home sweet home to me, good ole rocky top, rocky top Tennessee."
  7. by   cmggriff
    Welcome back. The Smokies and the Snowbird ranges are beautiful anytime of year. Knoxville, Tn and Asheville, N.C. are great places to visit. Glad you had a good time. Gary
  8. by   geekymomma
    Hi All,

    I have to agree 100%. My mother is from Danridge, TN. All her family lives in Newport, about an hours drive from Gatlinburg. I spent alot of time there when I was a young'n.

    Just a couple of weeks ago, we attended my cousins' wedding and we had a wonderful time. At the last minute, I found a cabin to rent for the weekend we were there, so I cancelled the hotel room and thought "this'll be fun". The owner sent us directions to the cabin and off we go. Following directions to the cabin (never having seen it before) imagine our trepidation when we turned onto this little dirt road (it was raining and dark) and we drove about 2 miles to the cabin. What was at the end of this road was a little slice of heaven down on earth. Homemade quilts to use, porch swing on the front, hot tub on the back porch, fireplace, and a creek running through the backyard. Stunning!!

    My husband told me last night, if we were ever going to move, that would be where he'd go. He's a city boy, but loves the area and the people. My son who is 12 can't get over how nice everyone is.

    Oh well, I could go on and on. Maybe someday, when I get my RN, I will look for a job there. If I can figure it out, I am going to attach a picture of the cabin on here. Wish me luck.

    well, i can't get it to work. can someone help?
    Last edit by geekymomma on Nov 8, '02
  9. by   geekymomma
    let's try this again
  10. by   NurseDennie
    I agree - there are some areas of Tennesse that are SOOOO beautiful.

    I haven't really spent any time in the western end of the state, but east from Nashville gets really really good. Well, even in Nashville, on a perfect October day, you'd really have to go far to see better.

    We're having the most wonderful fall colors here this year. September and October were really wet and the colors are SOOOO vibrant. I'm going to be too busy to do justice to it, but I'd like to make a little tour so I can take pictures for my friends in England.

    Love

    Dennie
  11. by   eltrip
    Chattanooga is beautiful. Mountains all around the city. I give thanks every time I drive around town & see the mountains. It's family-oriented, folks are friendly...Incline Railroad, Aquarium, The mountains...

    The Sequatchie Valley of Tennessee is breathtakingly beautiful! Driving over Flattop Mtn & watching the hanggliders is cool!

    Ya'll come on down & visit. I might even bake some cookies for you!
  12. by   nursedawn67
    If it weren't for my family here in Michigan, I would be living back in TN again...I love it there. We lived there in 1999, until family tragedy happened and came back for family. As soon as my kids graduate from school we are thinking of moving back down to Hohenwald, TN. Unfortunately that is about another 6 years.
  13. by   stevierae
    Oh, Hidi, I love that song; "Rockytop." Is that an actual place in the Smoky Mountains? Does it refer to a mountaintop, or to a town?

    Shhhh, we had better not let too many people in on this secret paradise known as Tennessee. Other wise, everyone will want to move there. Don't want it "Californicated" by greedy real estate developers the way Oregon has been in recent years!

    Next time, Gatlinburg, Dollywood and a taste of moonshine, for sure!

    Seriously, who ever knew people could be so doggone nice? They must never have a bad day there!

    GO VOLS!!!!!!!
  14. by   LasVegasRN
    I went to school in Memphis. And I LOVE Bluegrass gospel! Yes, Tennessee is beautiful.

    Can't wait to meet StevieRae. Emma has to ride in the back of the convertible or I may just have to splurge for a babysitter so I can let my hair down. Wheeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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