great smoky mountains national park: Hiking in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park - 09/26/08 08:48 AM
Those of us fortunate to live in the greater Knoxville, Tennessee have a unique opportunity to enjoy camping and hiking in the nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
There are over 800 miles of great hiking trails in the back country of the Smokies and many, many beautiful spots to enjoy.
But, there is also danger.
Hikers and visitors often become lost and every now and then, a death results.
While planning an upcoming trip to Spence Field, a very popular trail shelter and scenic camping area along the Appalachian Trail, I was reminded once again of the mysterious disappearance back … (1 comments)

great smoky mountains national park: Have you sharpened your saw lately? - 10/21/07 01:29 PM
In his #1 best seller "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People", Stephen Covey outlines a framework for personal effectiveness. In the book he lists 7 things or habits highly effective people do regularly and/or routinely to be successful.
Number 7, "Sharpen the Saw" says you should take regular time out from production to build production capability through the personal renewal of the physical, mental, social/emotional, and spiritual dimensions.
Basically that means you need to take regular time off from working to renew yourself in all areas.
I remember a sales trainer once saying you should schedule a mini vacation at least … (7 comments)

great smoky mountains national park: It's time for the annual synchronized firefly show - 06/16/07 02:17 AM
Playing right now in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park's Elkmont Campground area is one of nature's great light shows. Synchronized fireflies blink their captivating lights in perfect unison during this annual event.
Biologists theorize it's a way for the females to attract males but whatever the reason it's a rare treat as well as a fascinating sight to gaze into the dark woods and see thousands of firefly lights blinking on and off in perfect unison.
The Great Smoky Mountains Park and Elkmont are less than an hours drive from Knoxville so load the kids up, bring your flashlight (with some … (2 comments)

great smoky mountains national park: Mother Nature's annual Smoky Mountains light show is underway - 06/04/07 01:00 AM
And its lightning bugs...........(fireflies to some of you) but a very special kind of lightning bug.
Each year in the Smoky Mountains park, especially around the Elkmont Campground and Little River Trail area, the lightning bugs put on a special and spectacular light show for visitors.
Large groups of them combine to flash in unison. Now if you've never been out in woods at night and seen literally thousands of these little lights flashing in synronization let me tell you it's truly a sight to behold.
Scientists speculate the syncornized flashing is related to mating. The've observed females lighting on or under a bush and … (5 comments)

great smoky mountains national park: May 13-19, National Bear Awareness Week - 05/18/07 02:10 AM
And just think, you almost missed it. ;-)
As a avid hiker and backpacker in the nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park I run across the occasional black bear in the backcountry. However black bears in their native enviroment are shy and will usually run at first contact with humans.
They do however like to eat and if you're packing food, cables are provided to hang the food at night and keep the bears and other critters away. It's a regulationin the Smokies that you hang your food at night while camping in a backcountry campground or trail shelter.
Black bears like to visit … (3 comments)

 
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