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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The meaning of “vacation”

This is a great, short little article that sums up nicely what the true meaning of “vacation” is. The writer wrote it recently after a trip to the Smokies.

http://www.uab.edu/kscope/kaleidoscope-article-2446.html

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GREAT NEWS – Cades Cove expected to reopen about a month earlier than expected

Here’s some great news, especially if you’re planning on being in the Smokies after late April.  The AP is reporting that Cades Cove will be open on April 24th.  They plan to have a run the next day.  The road has been closed for repaving.  It was originally supposed to reopen near the end of May.  The full AP story is below…

(AP) One of the most popular tourist spots in the Smokies will be accessible again earlier than expected. The National Park Service announced Wednesday that Cades Cove Loop Road is now expected to reopen April 24 – about a month earlier than had been planned. The 11-mile, one-way road was closed and rebuilt over the winter. When it opens, only bicycles and pedestrians will be allowed on it until noon the first day and a “Cades Cove Loop Lope” run has been scheduled for the second day.

-Raymond

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Rockslide on “The Dragon” to cost TN $2 million

The rockslide on “The Dragon” (US 129) in Tennessee may cost $2 million bucks to clear/repair.  The Dragon is actually one road I don’t believe we’ve traveled in all our trips to the Smokies.  I told my wife I want to get a Mazda Miata so we can drive it there.  I don’t think she’s gonna fall for that trip.  I’ll let you know if that ever happens:) 

It looks like there is a July 31 deadline to get the work completely done.  Who knows when it will be complete though.  If I hear more, I’ll let you know! In the meantime, there is a little more info at the link below…

http://www.newsobserver.com/2010/03/30/414010/2-million-contract-let-to-clear.html

Raymond

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Landslide closes Hwy 441 down to 1 lane near NC/TN border

If it’s not a rockslide, it’s a landslide causing havoc for driving in and around the Smokies.  This time, it’s highway 441 in the park.  That’s the OTHER main route.  

This is the drive from Gatlinburg to Cherokee.  A landslide just past the NC/TN border has caused traffic to have to drive on just one lane.  Just to give you an idea of where this is, Newfound Gap is on the NC/TN border, so this is close to Newfound Gap. 

Find more info on this particular landslide at the link below.  

 http://www.reflector.com/state-news/landslide-slows-traffic-through-smoky-mountains-28721

-Raymond

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