About Me

I used to make the drive from Fort Bragg, N.C. to Middle Tennessee in a day. Soldiers hunger for home, and the 11-hour drive was not all that taxing for a young enlisted man who missed his family and friends.

Fatigue usually set in when I reached Western North Carolina. Luckily, the mountains always energized me. I’d stop in Swannanoa, Black Mountain or Asheville to stretch my legs, fuel up and get a snack. I’d cross into Tennessee early in the morning and wonder what it would be like to live in the mountains that straddled the Tennessee-North Carolina line.

Now I live in Maryville, which is between Knoxville and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It’s a good place, and I suppose that’s what this blog is about: the good life in the foothills of the Smokies and my trips east into the mountains.

Darren Dunlap


2 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Somehow, I’ve been meeting parents-to-be all week; you’re the third person. So, congratulations! Like I said to someone recently, holding and smelling a newborn baby must be what heaven feels like. Enjoy your moment when the time comes!

  2. I hope there is no strange circumstance that would allow for more than one Darren Dunlap to haunt the Tennessee hardcopy. Anyways, hullo from an old ghost! I’m not sure if time has taken its toll on your memory, but I have fond ones of you from my childhood during the McMinnville days. Some unknown trigger fired off a memory of you and I thought I’d search for some sign that would let me know you were healthy and happy. Anyways, looks like I’ve gotten my answers. I wish you all the best and don’t hesitate to drop a line.

    Cheers from the Carolinas,

    Austin Cleek

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