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What’s a Jewish Girl like You Doing in a NASCAR Place like This?

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It’s mandatory to visit something NASCAR when in Charlotte. My friends who live here weren’t aware of this rule, but I gleaned it from the tourism website that fixated on the sport. NASCAR According to Paula It’s admittedly odd that I chose to spend the day exploring the NASCAR Hall of Fame and Charlotte Motor […]

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When the Journey IS the Destination: The Glory of the Blue Ridge Parkway

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Views from the Blue Ridge Parkway   It’s not often that the journey actually IS the destination. When driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway, this is most definitely the case. Sure, you may have a place to go, but the going is a delight and you’re happy to let it take a while. Pause for […]

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Why the Smoky Mountains are called “Smoky”

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Look at the vista: nine horizons! And all a bit blurred and foggy, which is exactly why the mountains are named Smoky. For the fog that fills the valleys. some say it’s because of emissions from the flora and fauna. I don’t know how all of that would work, all I know is that it’s […]

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Dirty Dancing never ends at Lake Lure

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Sure, Lake Lure North Carolina is a lovely mountain hamlet meant for swimming. But I came here for Dirty Dancing. (The movie, not the activity) And the movie plays everywhere. All the time. But that’s the only clue to the fact that this icon of my teens was filmed here. No tour of sites – […]

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Blind Fish, Bats, and Slimy Rock. Sounds Cozy.

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Who doesn’t love spending an hour-ish in a dimly lit space, with water dripping on your head, and trying desperately not to rub against slimy looking green rocks? Count me in. I LOVE it! Linville Caverns in North Carolina takes you inside a mountain. That’s pretty damn cool. Mountains or Molehills Caverns can form only […]

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