Smoky Mountain Grit

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Almost exactly a year ago, in November 2016, the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge areas faced a wild fire that raced across the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. News of the fire reached national attention, and I remember wondering at that time how the fire would affect the communities. We already knew that our family’s November 2017 destination would be Gatlinburg; so the area was on our radar. As we watched the news coverage, we were concerned about the people’s lives and their loss of property and wondered what the long term impact would be. (For an informative summary of the fire, see Wildfire Today.)

Pancake pantryWhen our family drove into Gatlinburg this November (2017), it was Thanksgiving week, and the town was ready for the holidays. Christmas lights lined the streets of this quaint, highly commercialized small town that gives the impression of a Germanic, Alpine village. Our friends…

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