Waterfalls Old Homesteads and Fun Stuff


Here are a variety of pics from some exploring the few days enjoy!

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Urban Hiking can produce some cool shots–under the Nrtherland Inn rd bridge Kingsport TN

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The way the rocks are naturally stacked and the water falling made a perfect zen moment

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Me at one of the settler buildings brought to the park–Laurel Run Park Church Hill TN

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Cooling off and enjoying the waterfall

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Mountain Laurel after which the park and stream are named–can you spot the butterfly?

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Close up of the Laurel Run Falls

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This tree was so huge and cool you can also see an old homestead behind it.

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this would have been nice in its day a porch and 2 fireplaces

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trail friend

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Evening Drive Camping Sunrise Hike


So I went for a drive before camping the other evening and found 2 cool old buildings. The Acuf Chapel 1786 first Methodist Episcopal Church in Tennessee and a barn with an old sign on the side:

The next shots are the morning shot from my tent what an awesome way to wake up with the sun and the birds singing -my shots of the trail the morning light thru the trees was amazing and a random turtle because why not.

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Met this dude on the hike said his trail name was “smokey” he was cool but all he wanted to talk about was how only I could prevent forest fires which seemed like an awful lot of pressure I mean every should do their part

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Settlers Musuem and Alvarado Station


So with my ankle injury still not up to carrying my full pack for hiking on the appalachian trail I decided to do some light hiking and visit some historic sites around Atkins and Damascus Virginia. First up is the Settlers Museum near Atkins. This is a must see it is a preserved 1890’s farmstead still on 67 of the orginal 275 acres it was in 1897. The buildings have been preserved but not restored so it is in an amazing state as it was then. There are a dozen or more buildings with many farm implements and tools to see and the house is completely furnished as it was then. I took some pictures of the grounds and inside the house but left out a lot so you can have some surprises when you visit.

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1890’s farmhouse they built the frame house around the log cabin they first lived in

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you can drive or walk less than a mile from the visitors center to the farmstead its a beautiful walk when the dogwoods are blooming

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every room is wonderfully furnished I only took a pic of a few

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The Appalachian Trail runs by the grounds next to the 1894 school which allowed to hike a 5.6 mile section I missed and meet hikers resting at the schoolhouse which was cool.

After that was a visit to the old Alvarado station on the virginia creeper trail and some pics of old churches I saw on the way.

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methodist church outside marion virginia

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side view to show bell tower

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presbyterian church 7 mile ford

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Hiking Pow Wows and What I’ve been Up too


Sorry for the long delay between posts. I am finishing up my schooling in Forest/Rangeland Wildlife Management, Preparing for an Appalachian Trail Thru Hike in April of 2017 and working full time. My days are work, hike, schoolwork, sleep, and repeat lol. I have found some time for seeing Native American Dancers and Exploring beautiful hiking spots here in Tennessee here are some photographs from the last few months:

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Cavalry Soldiers, Mermaids, Possums and Crafts


Today was an interesting day full of random and unexpected sights. I went outside on the porch to have a smoke and greet the sunrise and saw there was a dead possum on the lawn unexpected and not cool, then was buzzed by a drone someone was flying, unexpected but kind of cool. Came back in to check facebook and saw The Exchange Place in Kingsport TN which is a kind of living history pioneer village was having a spring fair so I decided to see that. It was an unexpected and pretty awesome pleasure. They had the following things and more:

Cavalry Soldiers:

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There were some really talented crafters and artists there. I loved the metal lawn decorations made from repurposed metal.

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I especially liked the detail on the metal rose blooms. I also liked the man who made chairs, tables, and hanging baskets from old wooden pallets, reduce reuse right.

Here is a pic of one of the many pioneer cabins on the property, a donkey who was not impressed by the goings on, an old outdoor brick oven, a mermaid in a chair and a cool piece of pottery from the pottery making lady.

The coolest name for an artist goes to the lady who made wind chimes her business was called harmonic journeys cool name.

So for a day with no plans I saw a possum (dead) a donkey (alive but uninspired) a drone flying, a mermaid, cavalry soldiers riding, pioneer buildings, a giant metal chicken, met some cool people and all that before 5pm. Well that was Saturday -Sunday has some big shoes to fill to top that.

Native American Plains Style Short Lance:


My brother and I have been making hand carved hiking staffs and walking canes for a while (a photo story on those coming soon) this week I decided to try something different: A hand crafted native style short lance: sorry the pics aren’t great. but not bad for my first attempt.

10 inch lance point, rabbit fur, sinew, and leather

10 inch lance point, rabbit fur, sinew, and leather

buffalo nickel butt plate with pheasant feather decoration

buffalo nickel butt plate with pheasant feather decoration

5 foot total length

5 foot total length