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    Anyone watching this? I wasn't even aware it was on till yesterday and only caught tonight's episode. A great effort as usual from Ken Burns. It looks like it re-runs from the beginning this weekend, starting Saturday morning. I've had some great times climbing in a number of our parks....Rainier, the Tetons, Rocky Mountain National Park, Olympic, Joshua Tree, North Cascades. For sheer remoteness and backcountry adventure, North Cascades can't be beat in the lower 48. Oddly enough, I've never set foot in Yosemite. Maybe that's good, to have something like that always "out there" waiting to be experienced. Who knows, maybe I'll never visit Yosemite, or maybe I'll wait till I'm 80. Also never been to Mammoth Cave, the only national park in my home state.

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    Watched every episode so far. Fabulous stuff on the Grand Canyon last night, particularly the legendary tale of Glen and Bessie Hyde.
    There are no strings on me

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    • #3
      Most visited of all the NPs -- Great Smoky Mountains National Park. And the most beautiful.

      http://www.nps.gov/grsm/index.htm

      North Carolina Senator Richard Burr said at the 75th anniversary of the park, "You're as close to Heaven here as you'll ever be on Earth."

      We here in Tennessee share the mountains with our North Carolina bretheren. Of course the park's HQ is in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

      http://www.newportplaintalk.com/story/30034

      As NC governor Bev Perdue said at the anniversary celebration, "“When you are here, there is no North Carolina and no Tennessee. There is only God’s gift … that is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.”

      http://m.knoxnews.com/news/2009/sep/03/ ... arks-lega/

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      • #4
        Yes! Another massive undertaking done extremely well.

        cman

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        • #5
          My husband is a park ranger with our state parks, and we look forward to seeing this series someday when it comes out on DVD. We don't have tv service right now, and he's holed up at law enforcement academy anyway.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by polevaultpower
            My husband is a park ranger with our state parks, and we look forward to seeing this series someday when it comes out on DVD. We don't have tv service right now, and he's holed up at law enforcement academy anyway.
            Full set available from Amazon next Tuesday. I assume from Netfilx pretty soon.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by BillVol
              Most visited of all the NPs -- Great Smoky Mountains National Park. And the most beautiful.

              http://www.nps.gov/grsm/index.htm

              North Carolina Senator Richard Burr said at the 75th anniversary of the park, "You're as close to Heaven here as you'll ever be on Earth."

              We here in Tennessee share the mountains with our North Carolina bretheren. Of course the park's HQ is in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

              http://www.newportplaintalk.com/story/30034

              As NC governor Bev Perdue said at the anniversary celebration, "“When you are here, there is no North Carolina and no Tennessee. There is only God’s gift … that is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.”

              http://m.knoxnews.com/news/2009/sep/03/ ... arks-lega/
              The great thing about the Smokies is how it's both an entry in Jan & Michael Stern's Encyclopedia of Bad Taste and a real back-country experience. The crowds are either outside the park or limited to certain areas. It doesn't take long to get about as far away from "civilization" as you can get in the eastern US. No other place combines yet segregates the truly beautiful (mountains) from the truly ugly (Pigeon Forge) so well. Until this summer, I had no idea there were so many "As Seen on TV" Superstores.

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              • #8
                After his 9 Inning Baseball documentary, I'll watch anything this man does. Even if you don't like baseball, I can imagien enjoying Baseball. He's very, very good.
                You there, on the motorbike! Sell me one of your melons!

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                • #9
                  I don't have television so I haven't seen any part of the series yet, but I've been to pretty much every national park in the lower 48. What I've found is that there is absolutely no correlation between most visited and most beautiful when it comes to national parks. Heck, sometimes there's not even any correlation between most visited and most crowded, unless you only hit up the busy tourist areas.

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                  • #10
                    How can you mention Gatlinburg without referencing the ultimate in ski resorts, in Ober Gatlinburg?!

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                    • #11
                      I caught some of it.

                      Coincidentally, wifey and I spent this past weekend in Hot Springs National Park, our first time there.
                      The fool has said...there is no God. Psa 14

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by BillVol
                        Most visited of all the NPs -- Great Smoky Mountains National Park. And the most beautiful.
                        Which other national parks have you been to?

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                        • #13
                          I missed recording the first one, finally downloaded it from iStore last night ($9.99!). As expected, absolutely stunning stuff!

                          Comment from a local pundit:

                          <<I've been watching the Ken Burns' series on the national parks. I have to watch in tiny slices because after a while the sonorous, reasonable tones of Sam Waterston or Philip Bosco or one of those homespun philosopher people that Burns keeps in an attic somewhere between monumental documentary projects begins to activate the sleep center of my brain.

                          I swear to God, if Stanford isn't piping Ken Burns documentaries into its sleep labs, it should start now.

                          Which is not to say that I dislike the series, because if I did, I wouldn't watch.......>>

                          The column segues into the National Flood Insurance Program, another wonderful gift from the government:

                          http://www.sfgate.com/columnists/carroll/

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                          • #14
                            Speaking of national parks, let's talk Shenendoah. I'll be travelling from DC to Williamsburg in the week before Xmas, and I never pass up the chance to drive great roads.

                            Since there's some minor elevation involved, and it's late December, anybody know if there's much chance of road problems on the Skyline Drive? (Front Royal to Waynesboro)

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by gh
                              Speaking of national parks, let's talk Shenendoah. I'll be travelling from DC to Williamsburg in the week before Xmas, and I never pass up the chance to drive great roads.

                              Since there's some minor elevation involved, and it's late December, anybody know if there's much chance of road problems on the Skyline Drive? (Front Royal to Waynesboro)
                              If you're talking snow, virtually no chance

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