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Dinner Guests & Coffee Cake Link

September 27, 2012

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The rain finally cleared & left the mountain vistas clear. Who knew there were cabins so nearby though difficult to access on their own gravel roads or…

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…across the valley.

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We had noticed the drip line around Secluded Hideaway, but something out of character…

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…a bare spot at the base of the central post of the decks. We didn’t think anything else about it & went about preparing dinner.

Raccoon Roost

Enjoying the quiet evening with the sun setting we heard a noise under the deck & thought it was probably the White Tail Deer becoming active. Wrong.

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Mama Raccoon & her 2 kits.

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It seems other visitors to Secluded Hideaway have done the unthinkable & ill-advised – they fed the wild raccoons! This creates problems because the raccoons are not stupid – they learn that food is plentiful & available either from the visitors or by raiding the garbage cans. They are expert climbers, meaning they can join the folks on the deck – oops! Rabies is active in this part of the United States.

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Feeding wildlife is illegal in the Smokey Mountains for very good reason. Don’t do it! If you want to see these critters up close & personal, come to my backyard in middle Tennessee!

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(The last link will take you to my Coffee Cake recipe. Enjoy!)

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