Saturday, October 23, 2010

Purchase Knob, Oct 23 2010

Purchase Knob use to be privately owned and was turned over by the owning family to the US Park Service to be used as a research facility to study the diverse ecosystem in this area of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
Drove up today for the first time with my parents visiting from SC to see some of the fall foliage at 5000 ft, and to check out this area.

Short walk to Ferguson's cabin, an original cabin to the area

The dogs, my parents Jill, Sheba, and Sky taking the drag spot stretching their legs for a minute. Dogs are not technically allowed on the trails off lead - rules for the Park are in force here.

Sky on porch at Ferguson's cabin. She is looking at a flock of lady bugs. If you have ever lived in this area, lady bug infestations are common this time of year in old cabins (and newer ones!) Hard to believe these little bugs of nursery rhymes can be so annoying . . . they can be everywhere in your home, car, body, etc. in very short time. Sky did not sit long for this photo before she was overwhelmed with the little creatures.

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