More Smoky Mountain Pictures

Last week for Photo Friday, I posted a few picture I had taken on a recent trip to the Great Smoky Mountains and mentioned that the blue misty “smoke”  always seemed to be there no matter when we visited.  Your comments and questions prompted me to do a little bit more research on where the misty smoke comes from.  The National Park Service website does discuss how the views of the Smokies have been degraded by pollution. 

A Wikipedia entry states “The name “Smoky” comes from the natural fog that often hangs over the range and presents as large smoke plumes from a distance. This fog, which is most common in the morning and after rainfall, is the result of warm humid air from the Gulf of Mexico cooling rapidly in the higher elevations of Southern Appalachia.” 

I always told my high school students never to use Wikipedia as a source, but I couldn’t find much else during a quick search on the Internet.  This particular entry references a book by Rose Houk called Great Smoky Mountains National Park: A Natural History Guide (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1993), page 198, so I decided to share it.

I also dug back into the picture archives to find a few more pictures from our trips to the Smoky Mountains!


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The Great Smoky Mountains

Everytime we drive through the Smokies, I am amazed by the misty “smoke” that inspired the mountain’s name.  It is always there, whether we are driving through the mountains in the morning, afternoon, or evening. 



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For Christmas last year, we went to Gatlinburg, TN. Gatlinburg is a beautiful city. Unfortunately we didn’t see a lot snow but the kids were able to go ice skating and feel the man made snow at the bottom of the ski slope. Downtown Gatlinburg is quite busy and I have to admit that it made me feel like I was on the strip in Panama City during Spring Break! That being said, it is a lovely part of town and is full of great little shops. We went to Dollywood and I took the kids ice skating.

Watching the Zamboni clean up the skating rink…a definite highlight for the week!

My sister and my husband eating snow rather than riding down the slopes!!

My daughter and my niece running around Cade’s Cove

Running around and having some fun!

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