2012 Spring Trip Map Overview (can be scrolled and zoomed)

Here is an overview of our trip:

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Our 2012 Spring Trip

We are back from our visit to The Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the surrounding National Forests and other natural areas in North Carolina and Tennessee.

We take nature's beauty as a witness of God's love for us, and are happy to share that beauty with you in our photographs and descriptions of what we saw.

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Thursday, April 26, 2012- Bud Ogle Trail, Gatlinburg, and The Sugarlands Visitor Center.

 I wanted to hike the Bud Ogle Trail because many years ago I saw and photographed a Yellow Ladyslipper along this short, 3/4 mile loop trail. I even mark the location of the flower with a GPS unit. Unfortunately, I was using a different co-ordinate system then, and couldn't convert it to the system I had with me this time. I looked for the rock I remember the flower being near, but didn't even see an area that looked similar.

The Bud Ogle Trial leaves from behind the Bud Ogle Cabin.

Red Trillium.

Clintonia Lilies.
 To get to the Bud Ogle Trail, you have to drive through the town of Gatlinburg, TN., a very touristy area; nice to walk around, but you pretty much have to pay for parking.

Gatlinburg is filled with attractions, but you must park and walk.

The little car outside Letty's window is in front of the Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum.

Wild Geraniums, as well as other wildflowers, can be view right outside the Sugarlands Visitor Center.

The visitor center has exhibits like this one, a gift shop, and rangers that can answer question about the park, hiking trails, weather reports, and other park information.

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