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The quaint town of Santa Claus, Ind. (COVID road trip stop 2)

Over the next few weeks, I’m writing about stops on my recent road trip with Sweetums so sign up for blog notices if you want to follow along. NOTE: We followed COVID regulations everywhere we went and we wore our masks, although I usually removed mine for photos. We want everyone to be safe when… Continue reading The quaint town of Santa Claus, Ind. (COVID road trip stop 2)

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These giants in a Kentucky forest were just as enchanting as you’d expect (COVID road trip stop 1)

For a recent road trip, Sweetums and I decided to sort of meander to places we hadn’t been before, with the starting point being an exhibit I really wanted to visit in Kentucky. We didn’t realize it when we started but we also ended up hitting two more states on historic Route 66 (On our… Continue reading These giants in a Kentucky forest were just as enchanting as you’d expect (COVID road trip stop 1)

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See a breathtaking waterfall and scenic drive in North Carolina

One of the prettiest places Sweetums and I ever visited with was the Linville, N.C., area. We didn’t go into the tiny village but we did enjoy a couple of its surrounding natural attractions: Linville Falls and the view from the Lin Cove Viaduct. There’s a hike to the falls, less than a mile one-way,… Continue reading See a breathtaking waterfall and scenic drive in North Carolina

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A visit to Monterey, Tenn., and historic Imperial Hotel

Sweetums and I stumbled across the small town of Monterey, Tenn., population about 2,800, on a road trip in the spring. We just drove through, due to COVID restrictions, but it was a quaint town so we took a few photos and I looked up the history when I got home. Monterey was once a… Continue reading A visit to Monterey, Tenn., and historic Imperial Hotel

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Why do I write about weird places and quirky history? A brief explainer

Below is a shortned version of the introduction to my new book, "Guide to the South's Quirkiest Roadside Attractions," Books-a-Million exclusive. You can order one here for $16.95. Every now and then I wonder: Was I born being attracted to weirdness? Or was I an ordinary kid whose mind was somehow warped over the years?… Continue reading Why do I write about weird places and quirky history? A brief explainer