Category Archives: July

Learn about the volunteers, who make finding/seeing Elk in the Smoky Mountains even more enjoyable

Another great read below, from the folks over at Knoxnews.com.  This time, they talked to volunteers who are there to help you learn more about the beautiful Elk in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The majority of Elk can be see in the Cataloochee Valley area. That’s where many of the volunteers work, answering questions, giving information and advice on the Elk who are flurishing in the Smokies.  Personally, I’ve never been to Cataloochee (something I’m not proud of :). That is definately high on my to-do list for the Smokies, but as many times as I’ve been to the Smokies, I’ve yet to visit Cataloochee.  It is a more remote area of the park for most visitors.  That’s one reason when the Elk were reintroduced, they were reintroduced to the Cataloochee area.  On a recent trip, back in March, we DID see Elk outside of Cherokee in the park.  They are magnificant.  I highly recommend looking for them when you’re in the area.  Ask where to find them at the visitor centers.  They may be able to point you in the right direction.  Once you get there, one of the many volunteers in the “Bugle Corps” may be able to point out things about the Elk you never would have known.  When I retire, I can see myself moving to the Smokies, and volunteering to do something similar, so I suppose that’s part of why this particular article hit home for me.  Enjoy!

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2010/jul/17/the-bugles-call/

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New attraction coming to Pigeon Forge – Based on Lumberjacks

Looks like there will soon be some movement near the Belle Island site in Pigeon Forge.  A developer has purchased the land with plans to build an attraction that will feature Lumberjacks.  Still not sure EXACTLY what the attraction will be, but you can get an idea by clicking on the company’s website of a show they host in Alaska (http://www.lumberjackshows.com/?q=node/32).

The Belle Island resort area is between the main strip in Pigeon Forge and Teaster lane.  The resort went bankrupt before it could be completed, however you can clearly see they were a ways along in developing it before it was abandoned.  It is nice to see the area around Belle Island will be turning into a productive part of the Pigeon Forge economy soon. 

The new Lumberjack show should be ready by next June. 

Check out the story from Knoxnews.com below for more…

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2010/jul/17/lumberjacks-coming-to-pigeon-forge/

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What makes the synchronized fireflies flash together? Girls, of course.

This one seems pretty obvious to me.  I have never seen fireflies flash together as the synchronized fireflies do in the Smokies, but I would assume it is related to trying to pick up a date.  That’s exactly what scientists who are studying the behavior are saying as well.  Here’s another great article from the folks over at knoxnews.com.  Check it out!

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2010/jul/12/experts-shed-light-on-synchronized-fireflies/

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Smokies “Tarantulas”

This is an interesting article, complete with video from knownews.com. A spotlight on the tiny tarantulas that live in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  These little fellas live on Spruce Firs.  That’s bad news, since the Spruce Firs are being killed off by the adelgids. Find more at the link below…

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2010/jul/11/smokies-biologist-surveying-spruce-fir-moss-spider/

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More visitors to the Smoky Mountains, but they aren’t spending as much in the area

There is about 7.6% more visitors so far this year to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The numbers for July are up 11%.  To put it in perspective, the current visitors during July is a high since 2000.  You might think that would mean more business in the area, but apparently not.  In Gatlinburg, lodging is down 9%, while shopping is down 13%. 

This really makes sense when you think about it.  I know when we have less money during trips to the Smokies, we tend to spend more time in the park.  If we have a little extra money, we might spend more time doing paid activities.  With the economy the way it is, it shouldn’t be surprising that more people are looking for less expensive ways to go on vacation. 

How about you… are you planning a trip to the Smokies soon?  Do you plan to spend more or less??

http://www.volunteertv.com/home/headlines/53733692.html

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Apparently The Smoky Mountains didn’t get the memo about “global warming.” Check this out…

Wednesday morning, it was a chilly one on top of Mount Leconte.  Try a record-breaking one-degree above FREEZING!  Click the story for a little more info…

http://www.whnt.com/news/sns-ap-tn–chillysmokies,0,3533313.story

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