Monday, August 9, 2010

The Great Smokies needs your help - ASAP!

A few days ago I posted about a $100,000 recreation grant that Coca-Cola was offering to a state or national park that received the most votes in its Live Positively initiative.

At that time the Great Smoky Mountains appeared to be in firm control of first place as they had a wide lead over Little Ocmulgee State Park out of Georgia.

Somewhere along the way, in the last day or two, a small state park out of Minnesota has taken a commanding lead: as in 341,000 votes to only 181,000 votes for GSMNP, which is still in second place.

I hope this is only like a 16 seed jumping out in front of a #1 seed early in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Yea, they're excited to be there, and have nothing to lose, but once the big power house comes back to Earth after getting chewed-out by their coach they start to flex their muscle and take command of the court.

That small upstart in question, Bear Head Lake State Park, I happened to visit on the same day that Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait back in 1990. It's a very beautiful park, but the mosquitoes and black flies were just horrible. Maybe it was the time of year, but the locals say that the lowly mosquito is the state bird in Minnesota.

Anyway, I digress.

Between now and 8/31, you can vote as often as you like. As we all know, the Smokies sure could use that money.

Please click here to vote and vote often!


Jeff
HikingintheSmokys.com

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

If you have a facebook account, you might want to check out "their" page...Lily the Bear. They have some pretty harsh & incredulous things to say about the GSMNP, and how much money the park has.

Anonymous said...

$54 Million of Stimulus Money to Go to
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
great smoky mountains national park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Superintendent, Dale Ditmanson, has received word that the nation’s most visited national park is slated to receive $64,006,150 through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The bulk of the money is targeted towards road work, but the Park’s trails, cemeteries, public restrooms, and other buildings will also be improved.
http://www.mysmokymountainvacation.com/news/stimulus-money.html

Anonymous said...

I live in NC, but my heart is always in the Smokys. I am organizing my friends to vote multiple times, and some of us are taking 4 or more hours to vote per day. We really want GSM to win! It is truly the greatest place this side of heaven. Get everyone you know involved and vote your heart out!