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March 2015

Rutledge Falls (Short Springs State Natural Area) 3-28-15

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While technically NOT located inside Short Springs, no trip to Short Springs would be complete without a four mile drive down the road to Rutledge Falls.

Rutledge is located on private property but the owners have always allowed public access to the falls. Their generosity keeps this fall in the eyes of admirers and is located just 100 FEET off the road in the homes backyard.

Wouldn’t you love to have this backyard view!

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Machine Falls (Short Springs State Natural Area) 3-28-15

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Part two of my day hike to Short Springs is the elegant and majestic MACHINE FALLS.

It is hard to believe that this could be on a short hiking trail in the middle of an ordinary small town like Tullahoma. You can hear it before you see it, and once you get to the foot bridge you are forced to walk along a small ledge, or perhaps in the water itself before rounding the corner and seeing it standing there.

First timers are always amazed—but many timers like myself are continuously amazed at the beauty of this majestic waterfall.

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Busby Falls (Short Springs State Natural Area) 3-28-15

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This is part one of a three part post of my trip to Short Springs State Natural Area in Tullahoma, Tennessee. It is amazing how much you can  pack into a 4 mile hike.

This is one of my favorite places to hike,especially in the spring when the wildflowers begin to sprout out in their beauty.

This part is the first fall of the hike called Busby Falls:

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Frozen Head State Park 3-18-15

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I went with a few friends to Frozen Head Sate Park near Wartburg, Tennessee and we hiked the Bird Mountain Trail which is part of the Cumberland Trail.

I had visited Frozen Head only once previously and hiked the North-South Old Mac trail to the lookout tower. The tower was closed on this visit due to many fallen trees and power lines that were currently being cleared by inmates from the Brushy Mountain Prison facility nearby.

The hike was approximately 7 miles and had a huge elevation on the first part…the upside to that is the second half from Castle Rock on was downhill.

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Vanderbilt University 3-7-15

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Took an afternoon stroll around the campus of Vanderbilt University in Nashville. I’ve lived in this city all of my life and except for a couple of concerts and a football game or two at the stadium, I have never taken the time to stroll the campus.

They sure squeeze a lot of buildings into that small space.

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Abandoned Stadium 3-7-15

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The Herschel Greer Stadium, home of the Nashville Sounds since 1978, has been abandoned for new digs across town. I have many memories of this stadium including seeing the very first game and very first pitch here.
The people in charge of dismantling everything allowed me through the gate to photograph this.
What happens next for Greer is unknown at this time.

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Fort Negley 3-7-15

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Part of Civil War History right in the middle of Downtown Nashville. This fort, once abandoned and forgotten has had extensive archaeological work and lots of TLC before being able to be visited by the public. Work to restore this fort is ongoing.

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Barfield Park in the Snow 3-5-15

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Had fun on my snow day off from work. I trudged out to Barfield Crescent Park and walked the paved trail to the Stones River junction of the Marshall Knobs trail, intending to go the full four miles.

But, after arriving at the river it was over its banks from the previous days rains and the trail was impassable.

I wandered around in the snow taking nice shots of ice covered trees and a gorgeous landscape. Sadly, I was the only one who took an interest in the park. The snow was as fresh as a bed of cotton and my shoeprints were the only ones.

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ICE STORM 2-17-15

Well after four glorious years of no measurable snow or ice, Mother Nature belched out about three inches of ice around Middle Tennessee. Some areas got more, some less but I could have done without ANY of it.

Tennesseans are not snow/ice tolerant and it always seems like we get the ice if we get anything.

Photos are of the trees and things in my backyard

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