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March 2014

Barns: Creepy Crawlies

I named this barn Creepy Crawlies because for some reason all the wild growth on the sides and front has always made barns look spooky to me. This barn is located just off Highway 31W near Portland, Tennessee

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Barns: Winter’s Bone

This barn is located in the Springfield, Tennessee area and I shot this during the “bad debilitating” ice storm that we had a few weeks ago.

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Savage Gulf (Stone Door-Big Creek Rim-Laurel Falls) 3-22-14

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It was a wonderful day for a hike. The weather was in the upper 60’s and the visibility was great despite it being a tad bit hazy at the overlooks. Eleven hikers from two chapters of the Tennessee Trails Association enjoyed this near eight mile walk from the Stone Door Ranger Station to Stone Door, and then along the Big Creek Rim to the Alum Gap Campsite where we had lunch and then continued on the Laurel Trail back to the parking lot with a side trip to Laurel Falls which is just off the main parking area.
This is one of my favorite hikes in Middle Tennessee. EVERYONE should see the Great Stone Door!

IMG_2557L-R: Nabil Wakid, Wayne Yancey, Ann Ford, Jennifer Zahn, Ruth, Joan Hartvigsen, Roy Duncan, Rebekah Norman, Mary Belle Ginanni, Faith Bennett and not pictured is Tony Jones (taking the photograph)

IMG_2562Wayne Yancey and Ann Ford going down through the door

IMG_2564Rebekah Norman (Front) and Jennifer Zahn going down through the door

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Short Springs State Natural Area 3-15-14 (Tullahoma, Tennessee)

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This is a beautiful area nestled in between Manchester and Tullahoma just off Highway 55–Diverse landscaped trails lead to three falls (we went to two) The First is Machine Falls, one of the prettiest in the state and so close to home. The second is Busby Falls following the flow of Bobo Creek. Just down the road is the third waterfall we visited called Rutledge Falls. This one is located in a private back yard but they allow access to the falls. It was a gorgeous day with eight hikers and a meal afterward at J&G Pizza in Manchester.

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Welcome to the Machine….

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L-R: Nabil Wakid, King Jamison, Faith Bennett, Sara Pollard, Wayne Yancey, Janet (from Monterey) and Jennifer Zahn (Not Pictured: Tony Jones ‘Cause I’m takin’ the photo)IMG_2463 IMG_2490 IMG_2522

Busby Falls

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Cumberland Trail State Park 3-8-14 (Rock Creek Segment. Retro-Hughes to Lower Leggett)

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The Cumberland Trail is a linear State Park in Tennessee. It is divided into segments and the segment I hiked was the Rock Creek Segment near Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee.
I hiked with about 10 others and we had a great hike. We started at the Retro-Hughes Trail Head and hiked 7.5 miles to the Lower Leggett Trail Head. We passed hilly terrain, waterfalls and bridge crossings with spectacular views.

The Tennessee Trails Association‘s Murfreesboro Chapter led this great hike. The members of our chapter that attended were Sara Pollard, Tony Jones, Ann Jacobs, Faith Bennett, Roy Duncan, Wayne Yancey and Craig and Lora McBride and we were also joined by several members of the Cumberland Trail Volunteer Organization who led the hike for us and gave us much insight to the trail itself.

For information on Tennessee’s Linear State Park, The Cumberland Trail, Click HERE. For information via the State’s official State Park website, Click HERE. And finally, for information on each of the individual segments, maps and trail information Click HERE!

Enjoy the pics!

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IMG_2271There is always time for a little trail maintenance along the way. Here Don Deakins, Craig McBride, Roy Duncan and Wayne Yancey make the trail safe for all by removing some deadfall along the way!
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IMG_2295Ann Jacobs climbs a ladder to go down to the bridge crossing. That is correct–You have to go UP to go DOWN!

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Cumberland River -Downtown Nashville Greenway (Metro Center to Riverfront Park) 3-1-14

 

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I walked from Metro Center all the way to Riverfront Park where I ate a burger at McFaddens and then walked around the Mardi Gras Ya’ll festival and then back to Metro Center. The round trip was about 5 miles. This portion of the downtown Greenway passes through the industrial part of Nashville. You get birds eye views of the Cement Mixing Factory, The Metro WaterWorks (which is much larger than I thought), passed the old Stockyards that are now apartments, the old Neuhoff packing Company right into downtown at Riverfront.

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