Nestled along the border of North Carolina and Tennessee resides The Great Smoky Mountains. These mountains contain some of the most beautiful places on earth. People travel from around the world to ski their slopes, hike their trails, climb their peaks, and photograph their scenery. The NC mountains are well known for their ancient green mountains, Appalachian culture, Cherokee culture, and their incredibly diverse plant and animal life.
Welcome to Blue Ridge Mountain Life
We’re the Deane’s, and we live near Waynesville, NC – right in the middle of all. In fact, our home is just a few miles from the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Here’s the view from our front porch (you can see more here):
We feel incredibly blessed to be able to live in the North Carolina mountains, and wanted to share our experiences with you. Thus, we founded Blue Ridge Mountain Life where you can expect:
- Trip stories and pictures about places we visit and things we do in the Blue Ridge Mountains, especially hiking – We love to hike.
- Mountain recipes and unique foods
- “Insider” tips and tricks for visitors
- Great photography done by us, including our kids.
- Travel Guides written from a locals perspective.
- and more.
More about The Deane’s
The Deane’s are composed of Larry and Jennifer, and their 6 children (5 boys and 1 girl).
Larry and Jennifer began their NC mountain adventure soon after they started dating in 1989. They lived in Charlotte, NC at the time, and would visit the mountains most every weekend, either to Chimney Rock Park or to Biltmore House. Later, they were married in 1992, and soon started a family. With their new son (top left in the photo above), they would RV camp in Waynesville, NC area and continued to do this for a number of years as they continued adding their other children to their family.
In 2009, they decided to move to the mountains full-time, and purchased a home right on the side of a mountain outside of Waynesville, NC. Their home is only a few miles from the Great Smokey Mountain National Park and sits at an elevation of around 4000 feet. Yes, we get snow, and lots of it sometimes.
The Deane’s are out and about almost every single weekend on some new adventure, whether it be exploring off the Blue Ridge Parkway, exploring in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, venturing into the many small towns and cities, or attending one of the festivals or shows that seem to be occurring almost every weekend during the summer.
This site will share those adventures with you. We want to bring you into our Blue Ridge Mountain Life through our articles, recipes and pictures.
The Blue Ridge Mountains are truly a wonderful place. Join us in our journey! Be sure and sign-up for our newsletter.