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By John Pilger

Expatriate journalist and film-maker John Pilger writes approximately his place of origin with life-long affection and a passionately severe eye. during this totally up to date version of A mystery state, he will pay tribute to a bit recognized Australia and tells a narrative of excessive political drama.

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It’s a unique and elaborate piece of art and history rolled into one and really has to be seen to be fully appreciated. The ribbons are actually part of a new concept that encourages exploration. The idea is that you become a part of the story as you wend your way among the trees, pools, and gardens from one significant spot to the next, and thus discover for yourself the heritage of the city and the surrounding countryside. RUBY FALLS Ruby Falls is the second of Chattanooga’s underground attractions, and it’s one of the most famous cave complexes in the nation.

In North Carolina and Georgia, call the TVA (% 423-632-2264). Rentals Canoes and kayaks, along with basic instruction, are available for rent at most whitewater outfitters. Many offer vacation packages that include not only rafting or kayaking, but horseback riding and hayrides too. You’ll find a list of outfitters with a brief description of their services on page 331. While the lakes, streams and rivers of the Great Smoky Mountains offer hundreds of miles of canoeing possibilities, many of the waters open to canoes are also open to other users, including anglers, motor-boaters, and waterskiers.

Even the streets of the big cities and tiny mountain communities blaze with the colors of fall. Throughout the Smokies, a number of locations provide special views at this time of year. They are individually listed by location throughout the book. n Spring Wildflowers Each year, from late March through early June, the forests and woodlands burst with new life in a riot of pink and white. The air fills with the scent of dogwood, honeysuckle, foamflowers, trillium, lady’s slipper and a thousand others.

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