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July 22, 2014  |  Permalink

I have been traveling all over our great state and visiting lots of parks. You might have even seen me (a lot of people think I got taller for some reason)! If you haven’t, just be patient. Giant raccoons are more popular than you think.

I spent several mornings in April kicking it with my best bud, and the second coolest giant raccoon in the state, T-Rac! We got active and helped teach kids how important it is to get outside and Play 60 every day.

Speaking of playing, do you like flying kites? Well, I most certainly do. At Kids and Kites day on April 5th I did not just fly a kite, but I raced some fierce competitors while flying my kite. It was awesome. I ran as hard as I could and my kite flew high behind me. I also did a lot of dancing while I was there. Raccoons love to dance.

When it starts getting warm and you know spring is here it just makes you want to celebrate. That is exactly what I did at Edgar Evins Celebration of Spring. I listened to some good music, saw some excellent face painting, and may have accidentally scared some young children. After celebrating one of my favorite seasons I headed down to Monteagle, TN for the Trails and Trilliums event put on by the Friends of South Cumberland State Park. I made some new friends and even saw Teddy Roosevelt. Which was weird because I thought that dude was dead.

After Trails and Trilliums I started doing more rambling along the information super highway. Like my Facebook page to see what is going with me. I have really enjoyed exploring cyber space. The month of May included a trip down to Henry Horton for Kids to Parks Day to help visitors make some cool super hero masks. After making their masks they pledged to be environmental heroes and help protect the land.

Once June rolled around I had to dust off my boots and hit the road. June is JUNEior Ranger month you know. I traveled all over the state attending Junior Ranger camps and graduation ceremonies. You might have spotted me at David Crockett, Burgess Falls, Cedars of Lebanon, and Tims Ford. I met so many bright young Junior Rangers! It made me very happy to see the future generations of Tennessee State Park Rangers getting introduced to what it takes to do the job.

One of the most exciting things I have done this year was attending the grand opening of the ZIPStream course at Fall Creek Falls on June 27th. I got to climb around in the trees and ride zip lines. Sometimes being a giant raccoon has its benefits. I had no problem navigating the courses. I was right at home in the tree tops. I even got to literally hang out on the course with Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill! He is a very nice guy, and from what I can tell, he had great time, and don’t be surprised when you bump into him when you visit any of our beautiful Tennessee State Parks.

It has been an exciting year so far, and I can’t wait to see what is in store for the rest of it!

About the author


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.