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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

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

Discover Life in Smokies

Great Smoky Mtns. Natl. Park Audubon did it for birds, everyone adores flowers, and millions of visitors appreciate the chance to see a black bear in its natural setting.  But some unsung heroes of biodiversity at Great Smoky Mountains National Park are finally getting their due.  Because science has long touted the interdependence of every […]

Continue Reading By on January 25, 2012 in Appalachia, biodiversity, Great Smoky Mountains, insects, natural, outdoors

Smokies in Winter

It’s a treat to visit the nation’s most visited national park on a day when no one else seems to be visiting!  We managed to find a rare day to admire both flowing streams and frozen icicles, to feel crisp air and meander along clear mountain roads.   The Smokies are beautiful in winter. The icy wheel […]

Continue Reading By on February 5, 2011 in environmental, Great Smoky Mountains, outdoors