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I found a statue to avoid at Ripley’s Museum in Gatlinburg…

According to the marketers, 2,000 people claim to have gotten pregnant after touching either the fertility statue above, or another similar one now on display at Ripley’s Museum in Gatlinburg. 

If you need to get pregnant, I suppose it can’t hurt to touch them.  If you’re like me, and don’t need another child at this time, you’ll avoid it just in case. 

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2010/aug/04/fertility-statues-on-display/

Raymond

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Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail remains closed due to problems with paving contractor

This is one of our favorite roads in the Smokies.  We found it on our honeymoon, when one of the worst rainstorms/floods to hit the are hit the area.  I saw the road on a map, and thought it would be a nice “bypass” around the strip in Gatlinburg back to our condo.  It was raining hard, and lightning every few seconds.  Oh, and it was already dark out.  Needless to say, Roaring Fork is difficult in those conditions.  I forgot to add that the water in the rivers throughout wasextremely high.  It was so high under one bridge that it was splashing up onto the road slightly as the river flowed under the bridge.  Anyhow, after driving about a 3-5 miles per hour for an hour or so, we made it out.  While we were scared of THAT drive, we could see via lightning flashes that this was definately a place we wanted to come back to visit.  It has become one of the “to do” things every trip we take to the Smokies (when the road is open). Normally it is open all spring/summer/fall.  However, it has been closed since early this year, and it looks like it will not be open again anytime soon.  The park is having problems with the Florida-based contractor repaving the road.  I’ll let you know here on the blog when I hear about when it will reopen.  Check out the link below for more…

http://www.wbir.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=126344&odyssey=mod_mostread

Raymond

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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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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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Research projects currently under permit in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

I was browsing through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s website, and I found a page that lists all the current research projects permitting in the Smokies.  It’s categorized by area of research.  If you have a minute, take a look at some of the projects, from the climbing behavior of salamanders, to research into whether or not short-leaf pine trees in the area might help determine global climate issues.  While you don’t get to see the research, it is quite interesting to browse through and see what kind of research is taking place in the Smokies.  Take a look!

http://www.nps.gov/grsm/naturescience/dispatches-permits.htm

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park to get it’s own QUARTER!

quarter

This should be fun. In 2014, a new quarter featuring the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be minted. I can’t wait. This is part of a new program to feature a number of quarter of national landmarks across the country. Click below for more info.

http://www.volunteertv.com/home/headlines/58397752.html

Bears go the distance from The Smoky Mountains to find food/territory

Bear Pic by Jeff & Katrina Crutchett of Aurora, IL

This is a nice article about how the increasing population of bears means some of them are leaving the Smoky Mountains for food/territory of their own.  A scary part of the article mentions a bear that recently scratched under a tent while people inside screamed and yelled.  WOW.  I really do like the doors with locks at the place we stay when in the Smokies:)  Check out the article.  It’s well written.

http://www.news-record.com/content/2009/07/18/article/bears_roam_far_from_smokies_in_search_of_food

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