I got this comment on last night’s post:
Such a lovely photo, Dinata! 🙂 If you don’t mind me asking, what kind of book are you working on? Hope you’re having a lovely week!
I have been so deeply involved with Big Creek for months, no years, that it seems everyone must know. But I have new followers on my blog who have not read it all already. I think that answering that question will serve to clarify for me too. Again.
My full (current) title is:
A Closer Look at a National Park
as Told by Campground Hosts
in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Yep, I copied that right off my Word document.
Andy and I live in our motorhome and for two months most years in the spring or summer, we volunteer in the national park. As campground hosts, we hang around the campground to help campers, hikers, and day visitors. We remind them to follow the important rules, such as paying for a campsite and not leaving food out to attract bears into the campground. They give us park two-way radios so we can call for a ranger or an ambulance when necessary.
So, the book is about our experience in Big Creek, one of the ten campgrounds in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I kept a daily log and took pictures of events, people, rangers, flowers, the creek, and what we heard on the park radio. It was a real eye opener.
I always considered national parks as a place of natural beauty and strange landscapes. A place of peace, tranquility, and wildlife. I was never aware of all the stuff going on all the time in a national park until I spent a good amount of time there. I had read some books by park rangers, but they did not give the sense of how much and how often. Their accounts were of the most memorable rescues and adventures. My goal is to show the wide variety of events occurring one after the other every day in the park. I include enough details of our personal encounters with park visitors, rangers, and maintenance staff to give a real sense of what it is like. I have also added some information about the park and its operation.
I have posted hundreds of photos on my Big Creek Journal blog. It also contains the unedited daily logs for 2015.
Is that more than you asked for Anna?