Smoky Mountains

Water runs through Great Smoky Mountains National Park as I continue the search for Bigfoot’s hideaway.

Since the pandemic began 13 months ago, I’ve been consistently working seven days a week. When it comes to the news, there’s almost always something to catch up on, even if it’s just checking emails for news releases and obituaries on a Sunday afternoon.

We call it “feeding the beast.” And the only way to get away from the beast – or try to, at least – is to take some time off. Even that’s getting harder, though, now that everyone has a smartphone.

Andy Steinke is features editor at The Herald-Palladium. Email him at, or follow him on Twitter @DecodingDadhood.