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Great Smoky Mountains Recovering from Historic Wildfires

It was an unusual drive into the nation’s most-visited national park in January.  Light green, winter rye grass was growing along the edges of the parkway entrances, as if hastily sown by the developer of a budget-priced subdivision.  Instead, this grass was holding together the frail edges where, in some steeper places where deeply-rooted trees […]

Continue Reading By on February 11, 2017 in biodiversity, East Tennessee, mountains, outdoors, outing, Smoky Mountains

Summer Family Vacation at Ober Gatlinburg

Thanks to Ober Gatlinburg for hosting our family’s visit! You really haven’t visited the Smokies unless you’ve hiked at least a stretch in the Smokies.  And you really haven’t visited the tourist town of Gatlinburg unless you’ve been to Ober Gatlinburg.  This place offers incredible views of the Great Smoky Mountains next door and Gatlinburg […]

Continue Reading By on July 18, 2016 in Appalachia, family, Smoky Mountains, vacation

Smoky Mountain Ranch Offers Family Fun

*This is a sponsored post full of fun information for your family that may include affiliate links, thanks to! The bright lights lure families to all sorts of fun activities around the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee.  But did you know that little more than a couple of miles off the main road […]

Continue Reading By on November 27, 2013 in family, outdoors, outing, ranch, Smoky Mountains, Uncategorized

Junior Rangers Learning Stewardship

Becoming a Junior Ranger with the National Park Service is a fun draw for families with young children.  We’ve learned that it takes more than one afternoon to achieve. History, good citizenship, ecology and more goes into the workbook of activities.  Earning a Junior Ranger badge even requires picking up a bag of trash at […]

Continue Reading By on August 31, 2012 in outdoors, Smoky Mountains