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Goodbye 2017…

So many things went right, so many others went wrong. 2017 was an amazing year of adventure and exploration. Here are the highlights of the year now left behind.

Sassafras Mountain: The Tallest Peak in South Carolina

Standing on the observation deck near the 3,533′ summit of Sassafras Mountain I could see the towering Great Smoky Mountains in the distance. Gentle rolling hills and short mountain peaks dotted the lush landscape. It had been a crazy ride getting here, but now that I was standing at the highest point in South Carolina I realized it was all worth it.

Christmas lights and decor brighten the inside of Cherokee Caverns in Knoxville, TN on Sunday, December 14, 2014. Copyright 2014 Jason Barnette

8 Exciting Christmas Events in Knoxville, TN

Christmas in Knoxville is a time of family activities and holiday events. With thousands of Christmas lights strung between the poles along Gay Street and dozens of trees decked out with decor in Market Square the city is a gorgeous place to visit. I visited Knoxville one year for a week in December and went to a few of these exciting Christmas events. Note: This story is a part of the Christmas in Knoxville series of blog posts. [disclosure] Disclosure: This travel blog story was made possible because I was hosted free of charge by Visit Knoxville. This in