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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Our Junior Rangers were happy to see our campground in Georgia was only 1.5 hours from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! Allen took them on a road trip so they could earn badges and climb mountains. That they did, but they also had a pleasant surprise.
As some rangers saw their vests loaded down with badges (they love that attention lemme tell ya!), they offered to let the kids in on a private blacksmith class they were doing for rangers and park volunteers. It's not even open to visitors until summer. They learned about blacksmithing and got to make dinner bells. (FYI, dinner bells are loud.) They loved it and got to heat, bend, and hammer metal. Then they brought them home and banged on them until we all went crazy!
Did I mention dinner bells are loud???


Debbie R said…
Im jealous,I love the Great Smokey Mountains. I Miss them since moving away from the Carolinas.The mountains in Cali are different.Wish I could come to the crop in Myrtle beach.Its been a few years since Ive been there.Fun place!