Last summer, I lived in the Gateway to the Smokies—Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Gatlinburg is unique, to say the least. The people, the location, the environment—every bit of it. When the opportunity for me to go on a summer mission arose, the Smoky Mountains were not originally my first choice, simply because I knew nothing about them.
There’s a reason Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the United States. According to National Geographic, GSMNP brings in 10,000,000 visitors annually, which is twice as many as the second most popular U.S. National Park—the Grand Canyon. Needless to say, I was convinced.