Ramble’s Summer Hot Spots

September 3, 2015  |  Permalink

This year, I have been all across the state. Although by nature I am rather shy and somewhat elusive, it is my greatest joy to travel to our many different State Parks and interact with those people who enjoy them. Most particularly, I enjoyed going to visit the many Junior Ranger camps and graduations being held across the state. While at these camps, I was often able to help park staff swear in the state’s newest Junior Rangers.  Watching those kids commit to protecting Tennessee’s nature and history is enough to make this giant raccoon’s eyes all watery. Truly, it makes me extremely hopeful for our parks’ future whenever I attend a Junior Ranger camp or graduation.  At some camps, I was even able to participate in some programs! For instance, I played historical games at Red Clay State Historic Park and Invasive Plant Hop at Reelfoot Lake. I was even able to make s’mores with the kids at David Crockett. On top of it all, I gave a small fitness seminar at one of Burgess Falls’ camps.

                             

Fourth of July weekend was particularly exciting for me this year. I was invited to attend a community Fourth of July event at Flag Pond, Tennessee. This small community is just South of Johnson City and is outside of our newest state park, Rocky Fork. While there, I rode in their annual parade on the back of a tandem bicycle with Park Naturalist Marty Silver at the helm. I had never ridden on a tandem bicycle before, but with a little bit of practice beforehand, Marty and I were able to make it work. After that, I got to meet and greet many local people. The night closed with an outstanding fireworks display that would rival many larger cities. I can honestly say that with a community such as Flag Pond getting behind our state’s newest park, I foresee a very bright future indeed.

             

Our Tennessee State Parks Rangers couldn't be more excited about Rocky Fork State Park!

             

About the author

Ramble

Ramble the Raccoon is the official mascot of Tennessee State Parks. He began his journey with state parks on April 22, 1997 and enjoys hiking, fishing, camping and lots of other recreational activities. His greatest passion is helping the Tennessee State Park rangers preserve and protect the outdoors! People and animals of all shapes and sizes love state parks and Ramble never tires of talking about all of the opportunities the parks provide. Ramble also enjoys spending time with another Tennessee raccoon, Tennessee Titans’ mascot T-Rac. As part of the Play 60 program, Ramble and T-Rac work together to teach children across with state about the importance of playing outdoors for 60 minutes each day.