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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Training for Appalachian Trail Hike


 

Here are a few photos from one my training hikes. Sorry I haven’t posted as much lately both because of the family needs I posted about earlier. Thanks to everyone for their prayers for my brother he is healing ahead of schedule and should be able to walk again in a couple of months and because drum roll I have begun training hikes to get in shape to do a thru hike of the Appalachian Trail. If you are not familiar with the trail it runs from Georgia to Maine 2180 miles. It takes most people 4-5 months to do. So hang with the blog and look for some great posts thru out this year and especially next year with posts from the trail. If any of you have hiked the trail or have experience with long distance back packing I would love to hear from you.

Bay’s Mountain TN Fire Tower Trail


First of all let me apologize for the long delay in posting to my blog. My brother was injured severely with crush injuries to his lower legs and will be wheelchair bound for several more months so as primary care giver I haven’t been able to get  out as much.

This was an amazing hike and it started with one of the most awesome things I have ever experienced. The park has a resident wolf pack which has the run of a section of the park. I always stop by and see them before hitting the trails. This morning the whole pack set up to howl as I was stopping by. If you have never been within 20 feet of an entire pack when they howl movies and nature shows do not come close it is so deep and loud the sound vibrates through your whole body you can feel it in your bones. It echoed all the way up the mountain as I was hiking and I could still here it when I reached the top 2.6 miles away no better music to hike too.

Here are some pics from the start of the trail:

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The little stream I followed and 2 of the 6 wild turkeys I saw. Below are some of the 5 deer I saw along the trail.

At the top is a fire tower which is 60 feet high at an elevation of 2300 feet and built in 1937 by the CCC. I had a picnic lunch at the top of the trail and was joined by this deer and her friend.

Here is the fire tower and some views from it of Kingsport TN and the Holston Army Ammunition Arsenal which owns the back half of the mountain and has tunnels running deep into it.

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And last one of my favorite spots it is near the end of the trail and is the perfect spot for rest after a hike or just some quiet meditation. One of things I enjoy about trail hiking is how polite people are with trail etiquette and how different is from passing someone on the sidewalk in a city where we tend to ignore strangers and stay in our little bubbles. Its natural to talk about the trail the weather or what wildlife you have seen and engage people in real conversation. When the vaneer of civilization is left behind the reality is pretty nice I think what scares people about being out in nature away from civilization is that somewhere deep inside the realize that is where they belong and this false society of cities we have built is fake.

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Fall Colors Hike


Early morning hike on a drizzly day to get some pics of the fall colors in the mountains of northeast Tennessee.

Start of the trail.

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Seriously who wouldn’t love to hike this trail.

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Fall Colors along the lake shore.

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I love the colors along with the deep blue of the water and against the green of the hemlocks.

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so pretty and peaceful perfect meditation trail.

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Across the beaver pond on another of the floating bridges on the trail.

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Even the little trees and plants were decked out in fall colors.

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The leaves were the star of the show.

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Woods all shining in green and gold.

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Mother Nature is the true creative artist as photographers we just record her art.

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Last shot from the trail and the sleepy wolf pack.

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Phipps Bend Wildlife Area–by never completed TVA nuclear plant.


Located along the Holston River near Rogersville TN Phipps bend is a small refuge with a gravel  hiking trail with interesting wildlife, scenery, and eerie ruins of an abandoned nuclear plant. Here is the start of the trail.

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Here rising like some modern age Stonehenge is the ruins of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) nuclear plant construction was halted in 1984.

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The deer don’t seem to care though I saw 8 white tail on a 4 mile hike so 2 deer a mile isn’t bad.

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and it provided for some interesting shots along the way.

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Walking With Wolves and Other Wild Things


A walk along a trail in the early morning  woods on a fine fall like day deep in the Tennessee Mountains. With some amazing companions.

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Snoozing in the sunshine seemed to be the rule of the day. For both the wolves and the bobcat by an old fence line.

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Scenes from along the trail.

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