Today At 5,000 Feet – Bird Calls & Bear Cubs

Our 32nd Season

BluetsThe Swag opened on Monday, April 22 for our 32nd season and welcomed guests from Georgia, NC, Ohio and Texas on opening day!  The weather has been a bit on the rainy side with cool temperatures, but that hasn’t kept our guests from enjoying the miles of trails both here and in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Special event leaders have included storyteller Donald Davis and naturalist Bob Collier who have spent time leading hikes and identifying for guests the many spring wildflowers blooming along the trails; bluets (below), white and painted trillium, bear corn, bleeding heart, foamflower, fire pink and wake robin.

IMG_0011[1]Bob Collier has spent several mornings birding on the front lawn before breakfast, introducing guests to the familiar sounds and identities of the mountaintop birds such as the rose-breasted grosbill.

C_UsersRobertAppDataLocalTempmedium_002[1]There’s even been a couple of sightings of the familiar baby bear.  Yesterday while hiking, some of our guests saw twins climbing 80 feet or so into the tree tops…Mama Bear is teaching them well. This photo is from last year, we’ve not been lucky enough this year to grab any new ones.