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blog11PBS is showing a Ken Burns series on the National Parks. As with all of his work, this is very well done and tells the story of the formation of all the National Parks in our land. Of course, our special interest will be the feature on the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Coincidentally, the Smokies are celebrating their 75th Anniversary this year. I encourage you to watch this series if at all possible.

Then, I hope you will take the next step and come visit the park. There is no better time to visit than right now. October is the best month to see the Smokies. The air is cool, the mountains are crisp, and the colors are unimaginably beautiful. I was down in Deep Creek just the other day and took some pictures of Tom’s Branch Falls. It is one of our favorite spots and we never tire of it.

Fall is definitely here. The nights are cool (we had a fire in the fireplace last night and this morning too), the leaves are beginning to turn, a gentle breeze rustles the leaves. We are breaking out our sweaters and sweatshirts. We finished our Apple Chips in September and are now starting our Pumpkin Chips. Our supply is just about gone.

You need to come to the mountains. Our weekends are pretty busy, but there is a little bit of room here and there. There is more room available on weekdays. Don’t forget about early November. Often the colors last into the first or second week.

Coming up is Thanksgiving and Polar Express. Both are very popular. Reserve now. The National Parks are a treasure and I hope you can come enjoy them soon.

— Mort