Above is the Watauga River behind Wilson Dam. It was a perfect spot and scene that just says peaceful. It was taken in May near Elizabethton TN in the Wilson and Watauga Dam Recreation Areas. Nice picnic and fishing areas where the Appalachian Trail crosses Wilbur Dam Road. There is a unique little waterfall as Little Laurel Creek (not to be confused with Laurel Run Falls that I wrote about last week) pours into the lake.
The scenery is beautiful and makes for a great day to take a short drive through the area on a pretty road that follows the river
If your in the mood for a longer hike you can hop on the AT and walk as long as you want just keep an eye out for bears in the area (the sign was put up after a bear went into a occupied tent the occupant was fine the bear was removed it had some sort of illness injury)
I got to go to Spokane in March to speak at a conference and in my free time was able to walk around the river walk park along the Spokane River which had an amazing amount of water going over the falls from the spring snow melt.
I also got to walk upriver from the falls next to Gonzaga University which is a beautiful campus and it was sunset which turned everything golden as the sun came out after a rain storm.
The Milk River runs outside of town through an area known locally as the badlands. I took a drive along the road that runs up against the bad land cliffs and follows, then looses, and then finds the river again.
I pulled off and took a couple of shots of the red colored cliffs. The badlands have their own unique stark beauty. Different colors in the rocks, weird formations, etc. Beauty is where you find it.
I like this balancing rock it looks like a giant mushroom.
There were also some man made art I discovered along the way, I will have to go back there are some more of these fence post sculptures I want to photograph. I like the dude doing the sombrero dance lol It looks like he’s waving. Its like “Hey hat dancing dude, hows it going?”
Horses! Life has hard trails to travel make sure you saddle a good horse to ride.
I think these last picks in Sepia tone show why the area is called the badlands. A photo of the cliffs and an old small cross on the prairie.
Want to go on a nice casual hike in Northeast Tennessee / Western North Carolina / Southwest Virginia? This site gives me the opportunity to share my family's simpler hiking experiences. I hope that my posts will lead you into the great beauty that the Tennessee / North Carolina / Virginia mountains has to offer.