See the post at hiddenjesus about Jennie Ivey's article in this month's Guidepost. Marion in the Sunday School class sent us a copy of the complete article this week. Jennie describes a "weekend" trip to Elkmont in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, known as "the Park" around our family.
What magic times we spent there with the kids growing up. We have not been to Elkmont, however, which is where Jennie saw the fireflies. We've been to Smokemont, on the NC side of the Park, near Cherokee, and Cade's Cove toward the Tennessee side. We've made day trips to Deep Creek and other places. Near the Park, we camped off the Blue Ridge Parkway ("the Parkway"): Mt. Pisgah and Julian Price. Then below the Park, our favorites were Unicoi and Vogel in North Georgia. We visited Black Rock Mountain, too, near Clayton, but it was so hot that summer, the visit wasn't so pleasant.
Jennie lives in Middle Tennessee, so a visit to the Park can be made on a weekend. For us in Miami, its a major journey. But still worth it. Carol and I vow to make the journey again this fall. Who wants to join us?