The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is Open for Business

Today's "haul" of autumn leaves

Today’s “haul” of autumn leaves

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is open for business (at least until Sunday, October 19, 2013)! Come one, come all to enjoy our beautiful mountains, waterfalls, hiking trails, visitor centers, picnic areas and campgrounds!

We are so grateful to the state leaders in Tennessee and North Carolina, as well as local county personnel, who made this happen.

Although I do not collect my autumn leaves from the national park, fall color abounds in the area right now. I stop daily to pick fallen leaves from the maple trees at a nearby mall and from the parking lot of an auto parts store. Walking in to work, I frequently stoop to scoop up a particularly beautiful leaf. I was happy to share “why” with a co-worker this morning when he asked why I was picking up leaves.

I have leaves everywhere in the house. All my heaviest books are stuffed with leaves being pressed. A large aluminum pan holds more leaves, these packed in silica gel.

It’s definitely a busy time!



About Cindy A. Johnson

I live in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. I love to read, work in my flower and vegetable gardens, feed and watch the birds in the yard, sit on the front porch looking at the mountains and go camping. I also like to watch wildlife, including my cats and dog (ha!). I write online articles on a variety of subjects. Check out my book reviews at:, wonderful nature stuff at and assorted articles on interesting stuff at My first ebook was published in January 2012: "Alphamania: An Alphabet Resource for Teachers and Parents." Check out the blog at
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