Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Wilderness Wildlife Week
Last week, we were able to spend some time in my favorite place, the Smoky Mountains. We were there for Wilderness Wildlife Week, several days of events about Appalachia. It was held at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge.
Wilderness Wildlife Week was named top international event of 2016. People come from all over the United States and several foreign countries to attend this event. It was started in 1991, and celebrated 27 years last week.
There were stories and lectures about the folk life of the mountains. We heard from writers, park rangers, hiking guides, photography experts, and crafts people on a wide range of subjects. There was old and modern music on instruments one doesn't see everyday. Of course, there was some Appalachian cooking, too! It was an amazing week. Next year, the dates are May 8-12, and it is already on my calendar.
These photos are from the Cade's Cove area. It hasn't changed much since the park was established in 1934, but it never gets old to me.
We are always happy if we see one black bear; this trip, we saw eight. More photos later.