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May 2014

Stone Door to Greeter Falls (Savage Gulf State Natural Area) 5-28-14

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I led a Wednesday hike for the Tennessee Trails Association-TTA to Savage Gulf where we walked from the Stone Door Ranger Station to Stone Door and then on to Greeter Falls.

This portion of the massive Savage Gulf State Natural Area/South Cumberland State Park is located in Beersheba Springs, Tennessee.

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Barren Fork River Float 5-25-14

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Had a wonderful float down the Barren Fork River connecting to the Collins River this past Sunday. We put in at the Barren Fork River Dam and took out at the VFW in McMinnville, Tennessee.

Some of the great folks on the float with me were: Wayne Yancey,Sara Beene PollardCynthia MeinerdingKat Niehaus WilliamsSteve WatsonPaula Ponath, Nora Henn, Cindy Watson, Gary Kimbrell and George Thomason among many others. If I forgot to list you, I’m very sorry.

It was a beautiful day and we were safe from rain until about the last fifteen minutes of the float and then it rained. It never rained hard, but it was enough to get us wetter as we were already floating and had been in the water as well. There were a few rumbles of thunder which got some of us nervous because where there is thunder there is generally lightening and we were on the water–of course. Not a good place to be, but we never actually saw lightening and there were only a few thunder claps so the rain was really the only issue.

IT NEVER STOPPED US FROM HAVING FUN THOUGH!

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Point Park. Lookout Mountain 5-16-14

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At the top of Lookout Mountain is Point Park—Where the Battle Above The Clouds took place. The views are spectacular. From this point in the sky you can see Brown’s Ferry, Missionary Ridge, Moccasin Bend and the bends of the Tennessee River. You can also see in great detail the entire Lookout Valley below.

Point Park is part of the Chickamauga National Military Park and is the pinnacle of several miles of hiking trails that run throughout the Lookout Mountain area.

You generally have to pay a modest $3.00 to get in but sometimes later in the day they just open the gate.

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The entrance gate

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The bend of the river and the Moccasin Bend Home For Lunatics  🙂  or more commonly the Moccasin Bend Mental Health Facility is seen below

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Protecting Chattanooga

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Rock City 5-16-14

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The view from atop Lovers Leap

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The second adventure on our Chattanooga day trip was to Rock City.

Hadn’t been there in a long long while and was shocked at the price of admission. It was nice, but for me cost prohibitive. These photos will forever be my memories because I wont be going back anytime soon.

…AND all those creepy GNOMES!

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Along the pathway

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The Swing Along Bridge

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Lovers Leap

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SEE SEVEN STATES!  REALLY?

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One of the many creepy gnomes

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Beautiful High Falls

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Yes, more and MORE of those creepy gnomes

Tennessee Aquarium and Tennessee River Walk 5-16-14

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Jennifer & I went on a day trip to Chattanooga today and visited the Aquarium. I had been on the River Journey side but never the Ocean Journey and today we did both. We also walked around the Chattanooga Riverfront area and crossed the pedestrian bridge to Coolidge Park.

We also visited Rock City and Point Park. Chattanooga has a wonderful downtown area that has been revitalized with new condos, businesses and bridges across the Tennessee River. I never knew that Chattanooga had all of these wonderful photo opportunities and since I am only an hour and a half away, I guess I’ll need to go back soon to finish my touring.

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River Journey

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River Journey

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River Journey

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Ocean Journey

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Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge

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Traffic Bridge over the Tennessee River

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Tropical Cove in the Ocean Journey

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Penguins in the Ocean Journey

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Statue on the River Walk

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Tennessee Aquarium

Metro Center Levee/Cumberland River 5-10-14

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Me and a couple of others from the Murfreesboro Chapter of the Tennessee Trails Association hiked along the Cumberland River about 4 miles along the Metro Center Levee. There were still many wildflowers out and the nasty clouds hovering in the sky but it did not rain at all. We had lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe and then drove through Centennial Park before heading back to Murfreesboro. It was a great hike and day and thanks to Ann Ford and Mary Lee Morton for not cancelling on me.

 

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A Walk In The Park 5-4-14

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Took a little stroll with the baby beagle into the woods at Barfield Crescent Park. Didn’t walk far due to an aggravated hip injury. Walked from the Wilderness Station to the Rocky Path and along the Rocky Path and then back to the Wilderness Station. Not much going on but I did find some wildflowers—aside from the Columbine, I have no idea what they are. Anyone who wants to name the wildflowers are welcome to.

 

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