Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Link Party - Wednesday Medley - 07/31/19

I am linking up with Terri @ Your Friend From Florida for her Wednesday Medley.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
1.  Is there a National Park near where you live?  We are less than 2 hours south of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. It is a very beautiful park and a wonderful day trip any season of the year.
Indiana Dunes National Park - Our newest National Park... Love it!

2.  How many National Parks and which ones have you visited?  Is there one you would really like to visit?
I have visited the following list of National Parks. I would love to visit Yellowstone and the Grand Teton National Parks.
State National Park State National Park
Alaska Glacier Bay Hawaii  Haleakala
Arkansas Hot Springs Hawaii Volcanoes
California Kings Canyon Indiana Indiana Dunes- New!
Redwood Maine Acadia
Sequoia Michigan Isle Royale
Colorado Mesa Verde North Carolina Great Smoky Mountains
Rocky Mountain South Carolina Congaree
Florida  Biscayne Tennessee Great Smoky Mountains
Dry Tortugas U.S. Virgin Islands Virgin Islands
Everglades Virginia Shenandoah

3.  The Park Rangers are protectors of the environment, of the wildlife, and visitors in the parks.  Is there someone (human) in your life who you count on as a protector or are you someone's protector?  My husband is my protector, champion, strength, and best friend. I can't think of anyone that would consider me their protector.

4.  Have you ever had an up-close-and-personal experience with a wild animal that you can tell us about? Many (almost daily) because we live in the mountains and it's still a wild, natural place. The most frightening happened at Cades Cove Campground in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. My sister and I, and my two nieces (2 years old and 4 years old) were sitting at a picnic table having lunch. Two park rangers ran into the campsite yelling "Get the kids in the car, Get the kids in the car...move, move, quickly!" A very large black bear was approaching stealthily, the word they used was "stalking". The Rangers fired their noise makers and scared it back into the woods. Within an hour we had a giant steel bear trap in our group campsite. It made us so uncomfortable (camping in tents) that we moved to a chalet in Gatlinburg for the rest of the trip. YIKES!
Bear Trap in Great Smoky National Park - Got that pesky old bear!

5.  It is certainly an honor to show value to this profession by giving them a day of remembrance.  What is another profession that you like to see honored by a "day" of their own? 
Volunteers spend countless hours serving others with little recognition for the job they do. A day to recognize Volunteers would be great.
6.  On this last day of July, please tell us something about your week so far. It has been a really sad week for me. I don't want to go into details, but my job delivered a crushing blow that I will take a long time getting over. Enough said....
Have a great week...
Lori in Blue Ridge, GA

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  1. I enjoyed reading all your answers until the very end. I am so sorry and pray that there will be peace and grace found as you work through whatever disappointment is there.
    YIKES! to the bear story! That first photo of the Smoky Mountains is just perfectly perfect! You were quite organized with the parks info. Our husbands are our human protectors. So thankful for mine over the years. I agree about volunteers.

  2. That photo of the Great Smokey Mountain is gorgeous! Sorry your received some bad news! Hope your week gets a little better!

  3. Thanks for joining the Medley today! You have visited a lot of national parks!! I forgot to include the Great Smokey Mountains in my list. I just listed central FL parks. I'm sorry about the blow you got a work and said a quick prayer for you. Will keep you on my prayer list!!

  4. Enjoyed reading your list of national parks. I remember Petrified Forest National Park. And the park rangers warning people not to take any stones from the park.

    Years later I read about people who had taken rocks and stones mailing them back to the parks. Some of them attributed the calamities in their lives to stealing from the parks.

    To me, if a stone or petrified wood is wanted that badly, go to the park gift shop. Those stones are gathered on nearby private property so does not interfere with everyone's enjoyment of the beauty.

    Indiana Dunes sounds very much like Kohler-Andre State Park. My favorite place to fly kites and picnic. Except much larger. I would like to visit there.

    Your bear trap looks a lot more humane than the steel trap which came to my mind.

    Have a lovely day.