Cove Lake State Park

Cove Lake State Park is one of Tennessee’s 12 State Parks and it is located in Caryville, less than 30 miles north of Knoxville. The land may be ancient but the man-made Cove Lake is the result of the New Deal Caryville Dam Project that began back in the 1930s. Nearly 700 acres on the…

Weird Science in the Secret City

During the Manhattan Project, workers were sanctioned into communities. Each had its own town square where residents at respective plants could purchase their food…because of this, Oak Ridge lacks a central downtown area, but has many clusters of interesting places instead. 

The Lost Sea; America’s Largest Underground Lake

Take an hour’s drive from Knoxville to Sweetwater, TN and you can find yourself at the The Lost Sea Adventure. The site is part of the historic Craighead Caverns and is America’s largest underground lake. My song for this entry is “Swing Tree” by Discovery because the chorus is about being at sea. The Lost…

Williamswood Castle

My day job comes with a lot of perks, and one of them was having the privilege of working remotely from a medieval Scottish castle. Except this castle is only half an hour from our office in Tennessee. Our crew had been working there for some time and we were so excited for the opportunity…

Victorian Gothic in Rugby

At the suggestion of several friends I visited Historic Rugby, Tennessee to find out what is so special about the tiny village. Rugby was dreamed up as a religious cooperative Utopia in 1880 for England’s wealthy, idle younger sons who pitifully did not inherit the fortunes of their elder brothers and were too proud to…

Secret City of Bombs and Mud

I moved to Oak Ridge, Tennessee when I was 19. It was an unfortunate time because the industrial plants and historical sites were not yet open to the public for touring. The mall was wheezing its last breath, the used books/music store was going under, and hardly any of the places you can find entertainment…

You Will Find Me If You Want Me (In the Garden)

UT Gardens- The State Botanical Garden of Tennessee was named official botanical garden of the state of Tennessee in 2013 and shares the glory with sister gardens in Crossville and Jackson. This location is part of the University of Tennessee. It was a tough choice between Einstürzende Neubauten’s “The Garden” or “Blume” (flowers, albeit a…

Historic Clinton and the Antique Trail

Anderson County, Tennessee is home to the small towns and cities of Clinton, Norris, Oak Ridge, Rocky Top, and Oliver Springs. Many communities in this area were originally developed by the government as an experiment in urban planning and to support employees of ongoing confidential and/or industrial projects. Clinton is nationally famous for being a…

Seven Islands State Birding Park

In Kodak, Tennessee right off exit 402 is Seven Islands State Birding Park, a 416-acre birdwatcher’s paradise where over 200 different bird species have been spotted. The park offers around eight miles of hiking trails and hosts sporadic educational events. Dogs on leads are welcome, bikes are permitted on some trails, and the park has…

The Pliocene Era & Little Chicago

Most of the trips I have made to Johnson City, TN were for a punk or metal show at the Hideaway, and there was little time to explore. A new exhibit has opened at the Gray Fossil Site and I was craving Rahmschnitzel from Freiburg’s German Restaurant, so I ventured out to explore Johnson City…