Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April spirit

April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.
--William Shakespeare (1564-1616) English writer.

Above: Watauga Point Recreation Area awaiting summer picnics.

Monday, April 14, 2014


There are two things that are more difficult than making an after-dinner speech: climbing a wall which is leaning toward you and kissing a girl who is leaning away from you. 
--Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British Prime Minister.

Sunday, April 13, 2014


Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special attention to those who, by the accidents of time, or place, or circumstances, are brought into closer connection with you.
--Saint Augustine (354-430) bishop and theologian.

Above: Butler Bridge, built in 1948.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

plunge boldly

Plunge boldly into the thick of life!  
--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) German writer.

Above: Kiner Creek Falls found in Laurel Run Park, Church Hill, TN. I've updated my descriptions and directions of the park, complete with map! Now is a great time to visit this amazing park with wildflowers in bloom during the next few weeks.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Logger Falls

This is Logger Falls in Hawkins County, a seldom visited, but interesting waterfall in fairly close proximity to Laurel Run Falls. Like nearby Kiner Falls, it can be a bit of a challenge to reach this one.  The trail is not well established, or marked - but you follow the creek the entire way, so you really can't get lost.  As you see from the photo above, the waterfall is impressive (at least I think so!), although there are a lot of downed trees, limbs, branches and trash around it.  It could use a good spring cleaning. Here's a link to the only information I've found on the web about this waterfall.

I've updated the description in my Laurel Run Park post to include detailed directions to all three waterfalls found in this area of Laurel Run Park.

This weekend would be a great time to visit Laurel Run Park, lots of spring wildflowers to see!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

step by step

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. 
--Confucius (551-479 BC) Chinese philosopher.

Above: Small waterfalls found along Laurel Run outside of Church Hill, TN.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

wonders never cease

America is a land of wonders, in which everything is in constant motion and every change seems an improvement. No natural boundary seems to be set to the efforts of man and in his eyes what is not yet done is only what he has not attempted to do. 
--Alexis de Tocqueville

Above: The 10 foot high Laurel Run Falls found within Laurel Run Park, Church Hill, TN. I'll be posting more from my visit to the park. It's a favorite place of mine to visit in the spring. For directions and description, click here.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

spring has sprung

Love is like wildflowers; It's often found in the most unlikely places.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Above: This is rue anemone, one of the first wildflowers to appear in the woods each spring.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

don't be afraid

Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated; you can't cross a chasm in two small jumps.
--David Lloyd George (1863-1945) British Prime Minister. 

Above: The view from the base of Backbone Rock Falls looking downstream into the rocky chasm on a rainy day.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

backbone falls

The individual activity of one man with backbone will do more than a thousand men with a mere wishbone. 
--William J. H. Boetcker (1873–1962) Presbyterian minister and motivational speaker.  

Above: Backbone Falls in Johnson County, TN. For information about Backbone Rock and Backbone Falls and for directions, click here.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

into each life

"The Rainy Day"

The day is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
The vine still clings to the mouldering wall,
But at every gust the dead leaves fall,
And the day is dark and dreary.

My life is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
My thoughts still cling to the mouldering Past,
But the hopes of youth fall thick in the blast,
And the days are dark and dreary.

Be still, sad heart! and cease repining;
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;
Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.

--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) American Poet

Above: The Appalachian Trail as it crosses Osborne Farm outside of Shady Valley, TN. The farm was purchased in 2001 by the Appalachian Trail Conference in order to reroute the trail and create a buffer between the trail and other properties. More info here.  The trail through this area offers a nice stroll through the old fields and pastures providing wonderful views of Shady Valley and beyond.

Thursday, March 27, 2014


One who walks in another's tracks leaves no footprints.

Above: Blue walking along the Appalachian Trail near Iron Mountain Gap on the Tennessee/North Carolina border. Much more snow up there than I anticipated finding! I thought we all agreed it was spring?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


Shades of grey wherever I go
The more I find out the less that I know
Black and white is how it should be
But shades of grey are the colors I see.

--Billy Joel (b.1949) American Pianist, Singer and Song Writer.

Monday, March 24, 2014


I often think of that rare fulfilling joy when you are in the presence of some wonderful alignment of events. Where the light, the colour, the shapes, and the balance all interlock so perfectly that I feel truly overwhelmed by the wonder of it. 
--Charlie Waite (b.1949) English landscape photographer.

Above: Seeger Chapel at sunset.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

If I ruled the world...

If I ruled the world,
Every day would be the first day of spring,
Every heart would have a new song to sing,
And we'd sing of the joy every morning would bring.

--Leslie Bricusse (b.1931) English composer, lyricist, and playwright and Cyril Ornadel (1924-2011) British conductor, songwriter and composer. 

Above: Bloodroot is among the first spring wildflowers to appear.  Hear Tony Bennett sing "If I Ruled the World."