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    spent a week at one of my favorite places

    I just spent a week with 35 sixty graders at http://www.gsmit.org/, one of my favorite places. We spent a day at Cades Cove hiking around learning about the early settlement and human influence on the Cove. If you ever get a chance to visit it's a really neat place. The park service has preserved several of the original home places. The cove has a problem with air quality due to all the cars going through. This time of year till fall it can be kind of hazy. Here's a few pics. I threw in a little dove tail action in one of the pics.

    I should have thrown in this disclaimer at the front. The first picture is of the Middle Prong of the Little River, and the second is of Spruce Flats Falls in Treamont.
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    Very cool John. Nice pictures too...
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    Looks like a great place to visit.
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    Looks relaxing, though I don't know how much so with 35 kids running free ...beautiful shots!
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    Truly one of the most beautiful places in the mountains. I always enjoyed the scenery in my hiking days.

    I will be heading in that general direction in 3 weeks.

    Good on you for showing those kids the beauty of nature.
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    My Grandpas 2nd cousin lived his whole life in the park selling honey to the tourists. When he passed his farm went back to the park. He had to live there with no electric or indoor pluming. They done a big write up of him in the National Geographic in 66. I have never been there but hear it is something to see.
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    I love the old buildings, but I find it really funny, most people who look at these old buildings, especially when they are not lived in and not in good condition think that it must have been very horrible to live in, granted compared to a nice modern home with AC and central heating an old building like this would not be as nice, but that does not mean they could not be comfortable, snug, and safe. Also the amount of pure hard work that would go into building a home like that is just staggering. Can you imagine the hard back breaking work it would take to split all of those logs? Gather up all them stones and lay the foundation? Make all of those cuts and dovetails with the only power in power tools was from sweat and muscle?

    I very much doubt many in our society, present company excluded, could even sort of make a building like this.

    I very much love old structures like these, thanks for sharing your visit!
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    Stu, you bring up a good point. We have what is called Lincoln's Pioneer village close to here. Ol' Abe spent some time in these parts. When the buildings need repair, they can't even figure out how to do it. We have to bring in specialist from far away places. Sad what we have lost over the years.
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    Love Cades Cove... I haven't been up there in about a year, but need to go back... we've been there several times and anytime my son is home for more than a day or two, he'll take the truck up there to photograph any and everything he can find... just imagine what it would have been like before we messed it up with roads and cars...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Caughron View Post
    My Grandpas 2nd cousin lived his whole life in the park selling honey to the tourists. When he passed his farm went back to the park. He had to live there with no electric or indoor pluming. They done a big write up of him in the National Geographic in 66. I have never been there but hear it is something to see.
    I remember seeing him there. He died in 1999 I think and his name was Kermit Caughron. When he passed his wife moved out of the park and the park service "dismantled" the house. The barn blew down in 09 I think.

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