Thursday, April 29, 2010

Relive the Vovage of the Titantic



Pigeon Forge is now home to a new attraction, a giant 30,000-square-foot ship-shaped museum attraction situated on 5.69 acres, which exhibits one of the largest permanent collections of Titanic artifacts and memorabilia. Inside, guests enter a unique world where they can climb an exact replica of the most famous staircase - Titanic's hand-crafted Grand Staircase.

Guests will receive a boarding pass of an actual passenger/crew member. Experience first hand what Third Class and First Class accommodations were like on the ship. Grasp the wheel on the captain's bridge, tap out an SOS message on the ship's wireless system, and feel an iceberg. Plus there is an entire gallery devoted to the young visitors called - Tot-Titanic .

Each guest will believe they are on the Titanic, experiencing first hand what it was like when Titanic set sail on her maiden voyage April 10, 1912. The Titanic museum attraction commemorates the lives of the 2,223 souls who embarked on a voyage into history and tell the compelling story of the memorable events that took place April, 1912, that led to the loss of 1,517 of them.


This new $25 million permanent museum is a half-scale, three-deck reproduction of the Titanic. The museum houses 20 galleries that display hundreds of authentic Titanic artifacts that were carried from the ship and into lifeboats by passengers and crew and those found afloat soon after the ship sunk.


Inside the interactive attraction, visitors find full-size reproductions, built to actual Titanic blueprints, of a first class suite, first class hallways, third class accommodations and an exact reproduction of the grand staircase, the museum’s centerpiece.

Visitors will be able to dip their hands in water the same temperature as the ocean when the Titanic sank. There are plenty of interactive activities including the opportunity to sit inside a lifeboat and hear survivor stories. As guests enter the museum, each will be given a boarding pass of an actual Titanic passenger or crew. At the end of the tour, guests can then learn the fate of those individuals.

Titanic Pigeon Forge
2134 Parkway Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Toll Free: 1-800-381-7670 Local: (417) 334-9500
http://www.titanticpigeonforge.com


Enjoy your stay in the Smokies at the Beary Blessed Cabin nestled on a mountain top with a wonderful view! View our website for rates and availabilty. http://www.bearyblessedcabin.com

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Wildflowers of the Smokies


The Smokies have many wildflowers and they are amazing in their diversity. The Park is home to close to 1,500 kinds of flowering plants according to the Great Smoky Mountains Natural History Association--including over 300 rare plants. The reason for this large number of species is due to several factors, including vast differences in altitude and temperature and lots of rain (averaging 90 inches per year), and the preservation efforts pursued by the National Park Service. If you want to learn more about these beauties we have provided a list below for your enjoyment.

The National Park Service offers some guides to enjoying the many different species of wildflower, we have listed a view below:

Alphabetical Index of Wildflowers http://www.smokiesguide.com/wildflowers/alphabetical.html


Quite Walkways
http://www.smokiesguide.com/wildflowers/walkways.html


Driving Tours
http://www.smokiesguide.com/wildflowers/drives.html


NOTE: It is illegal to pick or dig wildflowers in Park. Poachers are prosecuted because they have been responsible for the decline of certain species over the years. It should be understood that most of these wildflowers don't survive in your home garden because the habitat conditions can't be duplicated.


Another great source with beautiful pics and ease to distinguish wildflowers of the Smokies is http://www.knoxville-tn.com/flowers.html Very informative and worth the visit to this site just for the pics alone.

The rare tall larkspur, grows to heights of 2 to 6 feet, has fewer lobes in the leaves and blooms in the summer. This plant bluish purple flowers with 5 petals, the upper sepal extending backwards into an upright spur. The 4 petals are very small, with 2 of them extending into the spur formed by the sepals. The leaves are mostly basal, palmate, and divided into 5 to 7 irregular segments. This flower can be found in rich woods throughout in late March to early May.



Another site we have come across that offers a wealth of info, more wildflower walks, threat to wildflowers, a book you can order to take along with you during your wildflower explorations and so much more info about the park is at http://www.nps.gov/grsm/naturescience/wildflowers.htm .














If you want to keep up with the latest wildflower reports you can visit http://www.thegreatsmokymountains.org/wildflowers_and_trees


If you love flowers and the Smokies during the Spring of the year, this is an adventure worth taking your family on. Reserve your reservations with us at the Beary Blessed Cabin only about 10 minutes from the parkway and then order the wildflower book at http://www.smokiesstore.org/browse.cfm/4.113.htm


Plan to take one day and fill it with studying these delicate beautiful flowers and exploring the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Don't forget your blanket and to pack a picnic lunch and stop to relax and take in Gods creation.