My Heart Goes Out To The People of Gatlinburg!

Just a little over a year ago Mickey and I did a road trip through Tennessee, Georgia, North & South Carolina and we especially enjoyed the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Smoky Mountains, so to see the devastation that has befallen Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park with the terrible fire is a real shame!

Here are some of our favorite photos, stories and memories of the area from our trip. Here & here. And BTW, luckily our favorite restaurant from the area, The Peddler Steakhouse, with the best and freshest salad bar I have ever seen is still standing! peddler-salad-bar

Aside the from the deaths and personal destruction, that area will be ruined economically for years to come as the tourists who flock to the area for the fall colors and beautiful national park will have no reason to stop now.

Sadly the death toll I believe is thirteen at last count and over one hundred buildings damaged or destroyed.

Wildfires Rage Through Tennessee Resort Town Of Gatlinburg

Mega country star Dolly Parton has started My People Fund which will donate $1,000 each month for up to six months to Sevier County families who lost their homes. Dollywood, the theme park named after Parton in neighboring Pigeon Forge barely escaped the blaze but Ms. Parton is touched and reaching out to help.

Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)

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