Quarter Way Inn and Northward


So I started and ended my next two days of hiking at the Quarter Way Inn in Virginia. This place is amazing. Tina (thru hiker class 2009) is the a super host and staying in a house built in 1910 was so cool. They also have the most amazing breakfast you will ever eat and for some reason I forgot to take a picture of it but here are some pictures of the hostel and grounds.

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the house was built in 1910 the land grant goes back to 1799

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This planter cracked me up it looks like how hiker feet feel.

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The cemetary across the road has graves dating back to 1802

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crepe myrtle in purple beneath the shadow of a huge sycamore hard to see in the pic but it is huge

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view from the back deck is amazing in the back ground the blue ridge is chestnut knob where the trail runs

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The hike out was one of the prettiest on the trail with views of farmland and rolling waves of mountains and a river crossing by an old mill.

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start of the trail up and over the fence style and up the hill

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trail across the meadow

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pretty and open views

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trail marks across open ground 

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old mill north fork of the holston river in virginia

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knot maul shelter

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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.

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.

DSCN0499 DSCN0500 DSCN0502 Next is a pond whether it is entirely natural or was dug or enhanced to be part of a cooling pond for the nuclear plant is unclear.

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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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Scenes from the Tennessee Mountains


Scenes from Warriors Path State Park

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Being in nature always restores my soul. I love the happy light heartedness of the doe with twin fawns, the ancient timelessness of the mountains and the cool serenity of the mountain lakes with their amazing shades of blue and green water.

Ft Robinson Nebraska to Salina Kansas


Day 3 Rambling:  Below are scenes from a beautiful morning spent at Ft Robinson State Park and Chadron State Park in Northwest Nebraska:

SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC The scenery at Ft Robinson is as wonderful as the people. Plains full of antelope rolling hills, buttes, hidden canyons, and clear blue lakes. Buffalo and long horn cattle roam the open range.

SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSCTexas Longhorn cattle are impressive. Tough looking even without the big horns. Those were men back in the day who drove herds numbering in the hundreds over 1000 miles up from Texas to Montana. Ft Robinson sits along the Texas Cattle Trail where so many passed by and a few never returned. The last pic of the monument is the grave site of First LT. Levi Robinson who gave his life during the Indian Wars. Since his portrait hung in the room where I stayed that night I thought it only fitting he gives us all a reminder that freedom isn’t free. Take a moment to thank a vet and pray for our servicemen and women.

SONY DSC SONY DSC View from the top of the ridgeline at Chadron State Park looking toward the black hills. Ft Robinson and Chadron are 2 of the nicest state parks I have visited! I loved the carving of the cross inside the heart shaped piece of wood. A great reminder it wasn’t nails that held Christ to the cross but His love for us.  Pay a visit to these 2 state parks. Both feature beautiful scenery, wildlife viewing, hiking and at Ft Chadron their our wagon rides and many fun activities if you have kids along and what a great opportunity to combine a lesson in history and natural beauty.

SONY DSCThe Platte River Nebraska! Following the Platte River takes you back in time. Along the Platte were branches of the Oregon, Mormon, Pony Express, and Texas Cattle Drive Trail. It is as if the whole history, myth, and legends of the west have been brought together in one place. Read any fiction or non fiction accounts of the old west and the rivers of Nebraska are found there. The Platte, the Canadian, The Broad French.  SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC Above are pictures representative of so many of the small towns of Nebraska and Kansas. I don’t know how old the buildings in the 1st pic are but we can guess by how long ago you could get a coke of 5 cents. It was taken in Boyse Nebraska. The last 2 were taken in Herndon Kansas just a few miles south of the Nebraska line. It was one of those moments of odd serendipidity I love to find on my travels. The town shares my last name and the name of the church is Immanuel Baptist which shares the name of the church I am a member of in Havre Montana. How cool is that.

SONY DSC This picture was taken in southern Nebraska but I thought it was a picture that symbolized the importance of farming to Kansas/Nebraska, the USA, and the World. The Great Plains are truly the breadbasket of the World.

And last but not least a picture of the teepee I stayed in on the Saline River (another river of history think of all the history those waters have seen flow by) It was so awesome to think of a boy born in Florida who finds himself in the wild and wonderful land of Montana for so long and then one day camping under the stars in a teepee in Kansas. It was like being transported back in time, a moment one remembers as breathless, historic, and timeless.

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Exploring Frontier America Travel Adventure


So everyone keep me in thoughts prayers and good wishes. I will be starting on a new cross country tour October 24th.  I plan on a year long exploration of America. Its small towns and backroads and scenic places. Other than a small stay with family through the holiday season I will be out on the road exploring rural America travelling camping sightseeing.  I want to see if its really hell to live in Hell North Dakota or if the people of Paradise Kansas have found their own slice of heaven. To know if Stinking Water Creek really stinks or why Bad Axe is called Bad Axe or why Two Dot isn’t three dot or no dot. To see the historic spots that dot our countryside not just read about them. To man up and have adventures and test myself.  To see all the wonderful parks and scenic areas of our nation. To explore the frontier areas of are nation, those counties with less than 5 people per square mile and talk to them and find out what its like where they live. I already live in a frontier area in Montana. Mostly I just want to see and experience America and talk to the people and write their stories and share my photos. Look for new blog updates starting at the end of the month.

Email me or comment on here your thoughts and any suggestions you have. I am interested in out of the way places and small town rural America.