Bryson City, NC is the main train station for the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. At certain times you can ride Thomas the Tank Engine and snap photo’s of his friends or take a ride on the Polar Express! But wait, there is a lot more to do than ride a train…
This town is scenic,
and just plain adorable.
Lovely shops and eateries are within walking distance from the train, up-close views of the train and you can purchase tickets to ride the train, majestic mountain views all around, watch a play at the old-time Bryson City community theater, watch the flowing waters of the Tuckasegee River, go white water river rafting or zip down some zip lines, stay in one of the many local log cabins, hike the Appalachian trail, and even visit their Deep Creek community, which hosts an entrance into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. For the outdoor enthusiast, there is plenty to do and see!
The library here has a different system than the libraries in most western NC towns/cities. So you will most likely have to get a new card! Be sure to return any borrowed materials, since most Western NC libraries have very little funding to acquire new books and reading materials. You an help any local library with the purchased of used books on sale at the Friends of the Library sales.
Local Churches are plenty and lovely to visit and photograph. And they even have a hospital in this small town, so if an emergency arises, they have got you covered!
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Every once in a while, a news story comes along and brightens your day! This is no exception and how the police responded to this disturbance call, I am delighted to report, was a brilliant, creative move of the Asheville police. Turning a negative situation into a positive rapport situation with the locals!
It is rare that you get to see the good side or the positive side of the police, but this occasion was absolutely adorable and worthy of re-sharing with all of you!
Instead of this disturbance call being what the caller had insinuated, the Asheville police found no disturbance and joined in on the fun, making a few friends in the process. Great rapport and community action, in my book!
See for yourself. It makes me smile…
You can read the full article done by the Citizen-Times here…
Even if you are NOT from North Carolina, birds are all around you and their sweet song can ease the soul. North Carolina has many birds located within its borders that people often enjoy hearing, seeing, and watching.
If you didn’t happen to know that there were Birding trails and birding groups across the state, then let me point you to a great resource…
So, the point of my article is, GET OUT THERE and Go Birding! Bring your camera along and snap some photographs to document your sightings and make this a great family event!
Those pictured here are some of my favorite backyard birds who visit my bird seed feeder!
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Many of us have gardens and pets, particularly Cats! Some are pets and some are pests, but never-the-less they can be a constant presence in your garden wanted or not.
If a cat is destroying your garden, then I have 12 easy tips for you to help keep them out.
Fence, low voltage fence, or covered garden space.
Ultrasonic sound devices.
Your own hair clippings.
Rough ground or objects designed to be a nuisance to the cat, to deter digging. Skat rugs (local nursery sells to discourage cats from digging the soil), cardboard, lattice, or even screens/metal fencing laid flat.
Plant flowers and plants that they dislike the smell associated with, such as lavender, marigold’s, geraniums, and other plants they detest.
Use Citrus rinds and peels and/or dried herbs that cats detest. Such as, dried eucalyptus or peppermint, and lemon or orange rinds.
Spray repellents for Cats from the store.
Motion detection sprinklers.
Old Tobacco, pipe ashes, and tobacco leaves.
Move your bird feeders out of the garden.
And sometimes a spray from a hose with remind the cat to stay clear of your garden!
Try to keep in mind that your garden is inviting to animals and birds of all kinds. You will never destroy the instinct of cats and their hunting drive, so if you can learn to live with it, you might just get the added bonus of company while you are working in your garden!
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