May 5, 2015
For National Park Week (April 18-26), we wanted to celebrate Great Smoky Mountains National Park and this year’s theme, Find Your Park, with a few contests on our Facebook page. There were trivia contests, a photo contest, and more. Thanks to everyone who entered!
Check out our daily winners below:
Ready, Set, Hike! Jennifer Karrasch submitted this winning Trail Review of her hike to Abrams Falls with her husband and children.
Smoky Mountain Recipes Emily Hand’s super simple recipe for Fried Cornbread will leave your mouth watering!
1 cup cornmeal mix
2/3 cup water
1 cup vegetable oil
Find Your Park Plant ID Challenge Joy Blair Ingram correctly named all 5 mystery plants. How many can you name? Click a photo below to see the answer.
Celebrating Earth Day in the Smokies Melissa Coatney was our daily winner for leaving us these great tips for keeping GSMNP green and reducing your impact on the park:
I often do day hikes and I carry a grocery store bag with me inside my backpack so that I can keep all my trash contained. I usually take water, snacks and/or a quick and easy sandwich with me on my hikes, and I’m sure to not leave anything left behind except my footprints… And I always, always, always stay on the trail!
Find Your Park Historic Structure ID LeAnne Jennings really knows her stuff and correctly identified all 5 historic structures. Do you know them?
Smoky Mountain Memories Thanks to Jean Loney for sharing her favorite memory of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The first time my parents took me to the Smokies I was 9 months old. My dad would get up in the mornings get my bottle ready for me – then sit outside and feed me while my mom and siblings slept in. We continued to spend time every year (sometimes 3 seasons – spring, summer and fall) exploring what the mountains had to offer. Picnics each day, swimming, horseback riding and hiking. They instilled a love of the Smoky Mountains and to this day I still try to get back to visit whenever I can.
One picnic in Cades Cove included a skunk who tried to scare us off from our dinner. Dad remained at the picnic table while mom and I finished our meal in the car. Fortunately the skunk finally left and we headed back out to join dad. Other times we would drive through Cades Cove several times to see more deer, bears and wild turkeys. So many great memories. My dad is gone now but I feel like he is with me when I visit the Smokies. My mom who is 94 went back with me last October and it was so special to be back there again and make more memories.
Find Your Park Trivia Contest Aaron Mitchell nailed it, answering all 5 trivia questions correctly in our final challenge. See how well you can do:
Many thanks to everyone who played along with us this National Park Week!
Wherever you Find Your Park, we want to hear about it!