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Archive for March, 2011

The Great Smoky Mountains

For the most of all things “nature”, the Great Smoky Mountain National Park is my favorite eastern US destination. With mountain tops as high as 7000 ft., offering majestic vistas, covered in hardwood forest with spring and summer wildflowers, teeming with abundant and varied wildlife, this destination has much to offer anyone interested in the out-of-doors. The only drawback I find of this park is its popularity with humans, being situated partly in North Carolina as well as Tennessee making it easily accessible to much of the population of the US. and all that it has to offer makes it the most visited national park in this country. During October when the leaves are at their peak for autumn colors traffic can be as bad as rush hour in any major metropolitan ares. My remedy for this is to be there during the week when most people are working.

With four distinct seasons, The Smokys beauty is ever-changing, giving each season its own special flavor making any time of year a good time to visit. Ranging from snow-covered mountains, to wildflowers and newborn black bear cubs, to summer trout fishing, and autumn leaves changing, every season is someones favorite.

I am planning my next visit in either April or May, at which time I will have new adventures to add as well as photos, until then please enjoy the gallery I have as of now.