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.

Haunting Pea Ridge Battlefield


Pea Ridge Battlefield in the mountains of Arkansas is a place haunted and hallowed by both the Civil War battle that took place there in March of 1861 and the Trail of Tears the path of suffering that eastern nations of Native Americans walked when forcibly removed from their lands east of the Mississippi which crosses through the park. It seems especially so if you visit when their is a veil of mist and rain cloaking the woods and fields. When touring the park put aside politics and sides and put yourself in the place of the men, Americans on both sides, who displayed the courage and devotion that we would use to form a nation and save Europe from tyrants in the two world wars. Put yourself in the place of men, boys really who for most of them were farther away from home and family  than they had ever been before. Marching through steep, wooded, tangled, dark mountains. Imagine the temperature is well below freezing there is a blizzard blowing. The Confederate army to speed movement allowed their soldiers only arms ammunition and one blanket. There sit the boys and soldiers far from home, cold, hungry, worn out from marching to a place where awaits another group of boy soldiers just as hungry cold and lonely who will be doing their best to kill them the next day. It will be a chaotic messy confusion of a battle where 26000 men will come together in a fight that will 3000 wounded or dead. 2 Confederate leaders will be killed increasing the confusion caused by muskets firing, dense terrain limiting vision and movement, cannons roaring, rebel yells, and Indian war cries. The rebels had a brigade of tribal warriors from the Indian Territory of Oklahoma.

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Elkhorn Tavern–a lot of history the elk antlers mounted on the roof  that gave the hotel its name are long gone. It served as a way station on the trail of tears march. Indicative of the confusion of the civil war battle is that the tavern served as hospital and headquarters for both Confederate and Union armies during the battle.

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Example of the dense woods the armies marched through and fought in. Look close and you can  see two little white tail deer grazing peacefully.

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Some confederate troops took shelter in the rocks. They found out they had made a terrible mistake when artillery opened up and exploding shells and rock shards took a terrible toll.

Below are rows of cannons that show different artillery positions through the battlefield. Imagine braves on ponies, and lines of young men lining up in neat rows to charge directly into the dreadful and deadly fire coming from the cannons or from hundreds of muskets firing at less than a hundred yards at you and trying to capture those guns.

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This little rutted depression is a part of the Trail of Tears taken by so many eastern Native Americans after being forced from their lands. The whole sad treatment and broken promises of our government toward Native Americans peoples past and present should be a source of national shame.

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One of my favorite signs to see driving: Let the adventure begin!

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Ozark Mountain Lake where I campe

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Ozark Mountain Scene

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Picnic spot for lunch