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Miles Away on Monday: Beach Trip!

Miles Away on Monday: Beach Trip!

Beach Trip!
Beach Trip! © William Britten use with permission only

It’s not always about the Smoky Mountains, and sometimes I get miles away also.  This week we’re away on a beach trip to South Carolina.

While we’re away, you can still stop in to see the complete display of Smoky Mountains Photography at the William Britten Gallery on Glades Rd. The Gallery will be open several days this week, with Mary waiting to greet you!

Mr. Ed?

Mr. Ed?

Talking Horse © William Britten use with permission only
Talking Horse © William Britten use with permission only

We had another dusting of snow not too long ago, and I was out roaming around, looking for winter scenics. Just across from the Greenbrier entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the road leading to Emerts Cove Bridge, and along that road there is a pasture for some riding horses. This guy was looking cold and forlorn, so I pulled over to say hello. As I approached, he started talking, just like Mr. Ed!  (Who is Mr. Ed?)

Ok, we look for excitement anywhere we can find it here in Gatlinburg in February. If you’re in the area, please stop in for a visit at the William Britten Gallery on Glades Rd.

One Cold Horse © William Britten use with permission only
One Cold Horse © William Britten use with permission only
Smoky Mountains History: Hiking Club Presidents

Smoky Mountains History: Hiking Club Presidents

Smoky Mountains Hiking Club Presidents in 1936 © University of Tennessee Libraries
Smoky Mountains Hiking Club Presidents in 1936 © University of Tennessee Libraries

The first eight Presidents of the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club gathered in December of 1936 and posed for a photo by Dutch Roth. From left to right, and in order of their Presidencies, they are: George Barber, Brockway Crouch, James Thompson, Dr. H. M. Jennison, Harvey Broome, Guy Frizzell, Henry R. Duncan, and Marshall A. Wilson.

The club was formed in October of 1924, and according to Dutch Roth from his journal, Tales From the Woods,  Harvey Broome provided this humorous tongue-in-cheek account of the group:

“It all come about in ’24. There wuz talk about a park, and the road wuz opened to the ‘Burg—there was more folks a hikin’ and more a lyin’ and a yarnin’ and fewer to lissen, so they jes natcherly had to organize. Not to hike, but to lissen.

“As you might uv guessed, hit took place on LeConte. There’s more lies been born around LeConte than clouds. Ev’body’s heard about the big freeze up there when the trees popped open; and about them “balsam pertaters” of Wiley Oakley’s. Well, hit wuz a fittin place to organize.

“George Barber, as you might uv guessed, wuz elected First Liar—I mean, President. Jim Thompson ran him a close second and Brock Crouch would uv been in the runnin’ ef he hadn’t been so fleshy. Brock qualified later, atter that yarn come out about him losin’t three tires between Sevierville and Knoxville, an’ comin’ on in on his rims.”

Used with permission of The Great Smoky Mountains Regional Collection, University of Tennessee Libraries

Haystacks

Haystacks

Smoky Mountain Haystack
Smoky Mountain Haystack

Philosophical Friday here again.  Always something to think about. For example, once upon a time  the problem was finding a needle in a haystack.  Now you can’t find the haystack. When was the last time you saw one?  Do you know what a haystack is?

These haystack pictures were taken at the Mountain Farm Museum near the Cherokee entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. So, haystacks are now found in museums.

Back in the 1970s I owned 100 acres in West Virginia, and the local farmers still put up the hay in stacks. I even made some, gathering up the cut hay and piling it up around the pole, then finally combing the outside with a rake so the stack would shed rain. It was labor-intensive, but worked well in preserving the hay for winter feeding. You’d see haystacks all over place in the fields. But, I never once found a needle in one of the haystacks.

Smoky Mountain Haystack
Smoky Mountain Haystack

Please stop in and visit me to see the complete display of Smoky Mountain Photography at the William Britten Gallery in Gatlinburg, TN.

This Old Truck

This Old Truck

Good as Old © William Britten use with permission only

Philosophical Friday here again, and Friday the 13th no less. These pictures of the marvelous old pickup truck resting in glorious decay illustrate the idea that beauty and ugliness do not lie at opposite ends of a spectrum. Rather, there seems to be a circular relationship, where if you start out at beautiful and head over towards ugly, you will eventually find yourself back at beautiful. It’s like Wow! That’s so bad it’s good!

We ran into this idea before, over at the Palmer House in Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains.

When you’re done pondering these heavy concepts please stop in and visit me to see the complete display of Smoky Mountain Photography at the William Britten Gallery in Gatlinburg, TN.

Beauty of Decay © William Britten use with permission only

This old Truck © William Britten use with permission only

Best Lemonade in the Smokies!

Best Lemonade in the Smokies!

Best Lemonade in the Smokies! © William Britten use with permission only
Best Lemonade in the Smokies! © William Britten use with permission only

Here’s a tip for those hot summer days touring around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park: the best lemonade is over in Mt. Sterling near the entrance to the Big Creek section of the Park.

It’s a bit of an effort to get to this lemonade stand, but it could be worth it, especially if you go on into Big Creek and hike the trail up to Midnight Hole.  Head out of Gatlinburg going east on Rt. 321. Continue to Cosby, turning right at the stop sign. Keep on going, past the Cosby entrance to the Park. You will wander for about 15 miles on a curvy mountain road, eventually coming to a four-way intersection. Look to the left, and there’s your lemonade stand. To your right is the Big Creek entrance to the Smokies.

Please stop in and visit me to see the complete display of Smoky Mountain Photography at the William Britten Gallery in Gatlinburg, TN.

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A Smoky Mountains Rest Stop

A Smoky Mountains Rest Stop

SSSmoky Mountain Outhouses © William Britten use with permission only
Smoky Mountain Outhouses © William Britten use with permission only

If you are ever traveling on NC Route 284 between Cosby, TN, and the Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains, you might find yourself in need of a rest stop. Now this is a fine gravel highway with some excellent gift shops along the way (see below).

If you watch for the sign pointing off towards the Mt. Sterling Baptist Church, there awaits  you a comfort station with facilities for both men and women.

Rural gift shop  © William Britten use with permission only
Rural gift shop © William Britten use with permission only

Please stop in and visit me to see the complete display of Smoky Mountain Photography at the William Britten Gallery in Gatlinburg, TN.

Those Crazy Kayakers

Those Crazy Kayakers

Kayaking in the Smoky Mountains
Kayaking on the Little Pigeon River in the Greenbrier

Smoky Mountain Kayaker
Kayaking in the Smokies

Whenever the creeks of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park swell with rainfall, which is often in the springtime, the kayakers come forth.

It seems like a daring adventure to me, and a paradoxical compromise between going with the flow and aggressively making your own path.

These folks must watch the weather like tornado chasers, ready to strap the kayak on the roof of the car at a moment’s notice.

The confluence of  the Ramsays Prong and Porters Creek in the Greenbrier section seems to offer an attractive, boulder-strewn course. And similar conditions can be found with a good launching area in the Chimneys Picnic Area.

Please stop in and visit me to see the complete display of Smoky Mountain Photography at the William Britten Gallery in Gatlinburg, TN.

Kayaking in the Smoky Mountains
Going with the Flow
Kayaking in the Smoky Mountains
Kayaking near the Chimneys Picnic Area

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