Kids Are Back In School – I Stole Max’s Room (Deano’s New Game Lair)

We took the kids to college back in August (including Max for the first time). I waited patiently! Now the kids are back in school again. When they went back for the second semester (a few weeks ago) I sprang into action and stole Max’s room as my new game lair! Sorry, Max…not sorry!

Hiking Charlies Bunion on the Appalachian Trail (Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Day 8)

On the final day of our 25th anniversary trip to the Great Smoky Mountains, we hiked to Charlies Bunion mountaintop. I didn’t realize I had a touch of vertigo until I was sitting on the edge of this rock. The view was worth it! It was a great hike to end up our trip that …

Viva Las Vegas – Deano Goes To Vegas!

[Throwback] We spent a day in Las Vegas before flying home from a family vacation in the area. I came home with a little extra cash in my pocket! Because I’m a winner! Some might even say a shark! Too bad Emily came home with less cash in her pocket! Oh well, Vegas isn’t really …

Hiking Andrews Bald and Mingo Falls + Mingus Mill + Oconaluftee + Newfound Gap (GSMNP Day 7)

On day 7 of our trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, we set out to hike to Andrews Bald. We detoured up the Newfound Gap Parkway to see Mingo Falls too. We made several unplanned stops along the way that were also fun including Mingus Mill and the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. 8/7/2020

Edgar Evins State Park – Hiking Merritt Ridge and Millennium Trails

We spent Halloween at Edgar Evins State Park to hike the 7+-mile Merritt Ridge and Millennium Trails.  This was a pretty hard hike and also one of the less-traveled trails we’ve ever been on.  At times it felt like we were just wandering along in the open forest.  The views of Center Hill Lake hiking …

Abrams Falls + Elijah Oliver Place + The Sinks + Tuckaleechee Caverns (Great Smoky Mtns. – Day 6)

The goal on our 6th day in the Great Smoky Mountains was to do the hike to Abrams Falls (our final waterfall hike of the trip). We hit the road early with Emily helping with filming (after some quick training). We made a quick pitstop at The Sinks. Then we got to the hike via …

1 Year Lifting Weights: My Progress And What I’ve Learned

A year ago, I decided to start lifting weights.  I’m assessing where I’m at right now, what I’ve learned this year, and what my goals are for the coming year. This is where I’m at now:   Start (12/6/19) Now (12/12/20) Workouts 0 73 Body Weight 173 (@ 5’ 9”) 190 (@ 5’ 9”) Squat …

Hiking Cades Cove – Full Time-lapse (Great Smoky Mountains – Day 5)

14 miles…hiking…not driving…not biking (although we tried).  I time-lapsed this very peaceful hike (all 14 miles in 12 minutes).  Every time I’ve ever been on the Cades Cove Loop (in the Great Smoky Mountains) it has been a bumper to bumper traffic jam.  They close it to auto traffic on Wednesdays during some parts of …