Rocky Top OHV: Oak Ridge, Off Course

My latest travel article highlights a unique driving experience:


What To See: Travel Tips

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Sarasota Puts On The Ritz, Golf And All

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Summer and Winter Fun in Park City, Utah

Park City is about more than skiing and Sundance, as I write here:


Early Black Baseball in New England

In the 1870’s legendary pitcher “Bud” Fowler pitched for teams such as Chelsea (Mass), the Lynn (Mass.) Live Oaks, and Worcester. With Lynn, he faced Boston’s National League team. Pittsfield’s Frank Grant played with the Buffalo Bisons, Cuban Giants, and New York Gorhams from 1886-1891. Brown University player William Edward White is considered by some to have been player who played one game for the Providence Grays on June 21, 1879, may have been the first Black to play at the major league level. And many believe that painter Romare Bearden pitched, under an assumed name, for the Boston (Colored) Tigers while studying at B.U.

This Thursday (the 22nd) I will be a guest on WBUR 90.9’s “Radio Boston” Thursday afternoon from 3-4 p.m. EST, on the topic early Black baseball in Boston:


Rock Crawling at Wind Rock: Hot Activity in a Once Secret Locale

When Tennessee’s football faithful sing “Rocky Top”, they’re not exaggerating. The latest sports craze in the state, however, involves shock absorbers rather than shoulder pads. It’s rock crawling, and there’s no hotter place to do so than Coal Creek OHV (near Oak Ridge):

Conveniently situated near the Oak Ridge National Lab, and Knoxville’s airport, Coal Creek is home to rental lodging, OHV courses, and scenic mountian views. Whether mountain bikes, side-by-sides, or rail buggies are your thing, you can join the enthusiastic (albeit muddy) aficions at Windrock Park:

It’s good clean fun, the courses are challenging, to say the least, and there are vids on YouTube to pique your curiosity. Better yet, Get Your Mud On TV was just taping competition here with FOX Sports:

On a clear day, one can see the Smoky Mountains, some 60 miles away, from atop these ridges.

Oak Ridge was a secret city of 75,000 during WW II- the site where the nuclear fission necessary to The Manhattan Project took place. Additional attractions to Coal Creek OHV include the Museum of Appalachia, where there are cabins once occupied by the families of Daniel Boone and Mark Twain, and one that appeared in the t.v. series “Daniel Boone”, the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge, the American Museum of Science & Energy, and Green-McAdoo Cultural Center in nearby Clinton, which celebrates the students of a Southern public high school that was desegregated before Little Rock Central H.S.

So the secret is out.

If you go:

Museum of Appalachia:

Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge:

American Museum of Science & Energy:

Green McAdoo Cultural Center:

I’ll be expanding on Coal Creek OHV on travel radio soon. Next hot sport post? YOLO (“You Only Live Once”)- the rage of Southwest Florida!


Naples, Fla. Means Golf And Beautiful Gulf

Florida’s Southwest Coast is beautiful, as evidenced by First Lady Michelle Obama’s visit yesterday. Here’s a story I wrote about one popular Gulf city:


Charter Sports Fishing in Fort Myers and Sanibel

Captain Rob Modys comes from a long line of navigators:

On weekends, and online, catch Captain Rob on Reel Talk, his show on Southwest Florida’s sports leader, ESPN AM 770:


Poconos Welcomes 2010 NFL Fantasy Draft

No more crowded sports bars or dorm laptops:


 Leagues no longer have to gather in crowded bars and stuffy basements with the Pocono Mountains’ newest destination experience.  The number one pick for a Destination Draft ( for the upcoming fantasy football season is the Pocono Mountains where leagues can make a weekend of it.  The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau (PMVB) wants the fun to extend beyond the final player selection.

Pocono Mountains’ resorts and hotels will host leagues of any size, providing them with affordable rooms and customized packages to meet their every need.  During the draft, booked leagues can enjoy perks such as a free draft board from, draft room complete with WIFI access and all necessary audio/visual equipment and food and beverage choices including sandwich platters, beer and soda and catered options.  Each booked league will also receive free Pocono Mountains Destination Draft t-shirts with their package.  After the draft, leagues will have the opportunity to golf  at more than 35 courses, play paintball at the Skirmish Paintball, try their luck at Mount Airy Casino Resort or choose from the variety of surrounding attractions and activities.  Whether you have a league of male, female or both, the activities are endless.

Fantasy football leagues can make their draft a memorable event by hosting in the Pocono Mountains.  Participating lodging members will take care of everything so that the roster is the league’s only concern.  Packages are available to accommodate family and friends with add-ons such as waterparks, spas and shopping.

Visit for more information on booking your 2010 draft.