Photo & Story – Joseph Boyle
Bucket LIst – Ride The Blue Ridge Parkway. I did it. The Parkway runs for about 469 miles up on the crests of the southern Appalachians linking two national parks — Shenandoa National Park and Great Smoky Mountains National Park located in North Carolina and Virginia. The views are beautiful. The drive is spectacular. You can enjoy this trip in a car too.
Check it out at www.blueridgeparkway.org. Check out video.
Though millions of people have visited the area, I, Joe Boyle, am the first known wordsmith to notice that Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s name is misspelled. It is missing the letter “e” in Smokey making it Smoky. While it is commonly pronounced “Smokey”, like Smokey the Bear, based on how it is spelled, it should be pronounced Smoky like “smockee”. Smockee is the same short letter “o” sound as the word smock like an expectant mother might wear.
Having a keen sense of observation along with a curious mind, I got to wondering where the missing letter “e” might be. Looking around, I found the missing letter “e” in the small town of Asheville, North Carolina. The locals mispronounce the name of their own town as Ashville, but spell the name Asheville, with a superfluous letter “e” they stole from the Smoky Mountains. Based on the misspelling they should pronounce the name “Asheeville” with a long “e” sound.
If you get out that way, the Blue Ridge Parkway and the national parks are worth experiencing. Be certain to stand up for your language arts rights and give it the correct pronunciation, Smockee Mountains and Asheeville.
I might try talking Asheville into giving their stolen “e” back to Smoky Mountains National Park.