Author: Sue Wasserman

  1. Otters, Goldenrod, Monarchs, and a Plein Air Painter Heighten Cades Cove Experience

    Otters, Goldenrod, Monarchs, and a Plein Air Painter Heighten Cades Cove Experience The trailhead for Abrams Falls sits about halfway along the 11-mile loop through Cades Cove at the number 10 marker. Photo by Sue Wasserman. As much as I love waterfalls, I’m not so keen on traffic. As the 2022 Steve Kemp writer in residence, one of my personal goals has been to explore as much of the park as possible, Read more...
  2. When the Student Becomes the Teacher

    When the Student Becomes the Teacher Story and photos by Sue Wasserman The more you know, the more you care, the better you can do. It’s a naïve thought, but it’s what I choose to believe, especially in my capacity as Great Smoky Mountains Association’s 2022 Steve Kemp Writer in Residence. I shared this thought with an Illinois family I met on a late Read more...
  3. Serendipity Leads to Learning about iNaturalist and the Smokies Most Wanted

    Serendipity Leads to Learning about iNaturalist and the Smokies Most Wanted Story and photos by Sue Wasserman Close friends tell me my middle name should be “Serendipity” given my often-impeccable timing for wondrous happenstance. While I tend to chuckle when they say it, I can’t disagree. Middle Prong Trail As if on cue, of course, such happenstance struck yet again just before a Read more...
  4. The Only Thing You’ll Want to Buy at The Purchase is More Time

    The Only Thing You’ll Want to Buy at The Purchase is More Time Story and photos by Sue Wasserman Sometimes I’m amazed by how little I know about so much. Luckily for me, however, I’m endlessly curious and open to the possibilities. In my brief time as GSMA’s Steve Kemp Writer-in-Residence, the doors have swung wide open to expand my knowledge and help me understand the national park in Read more...
  5. Of Big Views and Big Bears

    Of Big Views and Big Bears Story and photos by Sue Wasserman I’m a sucker for ‘big’ views. So when Steve Kemp, GSMA’s former creative services director and the namesake for my writing residency, suggested a hike to Andrews Bald, I was psyched—especially because it was yet another trail that would be new to me. Hoping to avoid the mid-June Read more...
  6. Smoky Mountain University Makes Me Want to Go Back to College

    Smoky Mountain University Makes Me Want to Go Back to College Story and photos by Sue Wasserman Ashley Morris had a dream. The Great Smokies-loving biology professor from Greenville, South Carolina-based Furman University was intent on immersing her students in diverse park experiences. She and I met serendipitously, shortly after I began my stint as Great Smoky Mountains Association’s Kemp Writer Read more...
  7. Discovering the Intersection of History and Nature

    Discovering the Intersection of History and Nature Story and photos by Sue Wasserman Indian cucumber root Being the Steve Kemp Writer-in-Residence, at least for me, is like being a kid in the proverbial candy store. My eyes pop, thinking of all the delicious possibilities. The only challenge, given the brief time frame, is choosing what to focus on. That thought was behind Read more...
  8. Green With Envy

    Green With Envy Story and photos by Sue Wasserman Jack in the pulpit I don’t remember how old I was when I became enamored of the word “hue.” Thanks to a mom who took my sister and me to the library every week, whether we’d finished our books or not, it’s hard to remember a time when words didn’t hold a Read more...
  9. Meandering Into Knowingness

    Meandering Into Knowingness Photos by Sue Wasserman White-fringed phacelia The road to knowingness is paved with a whole lot of meandering. As much as I love exploring new trails in the Smokies, I long to find trails with which I can become intimately acquainted, too. Porters Creek is becoming one such trail for me. I happened upon it several years Read more...
  10. Wildflower CPR—Yes, It’s a Real Thing

    Wildflower CPR—Yes, It’s a Real Thing Photos by Sue Wasserman Don’t you love when obscure, long-ago memories bubble up to the surface? I was walking on a trail the other day when a doozy of one brought a chuckle to my lips. I was taken back more than two decades to a conversation with my sister-in-law who was about to give birth to her first son. She told my brother and me Read more...

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