we went on a little road trip in our home county and went on a road called cox valley road.. been on this road too many times too count.. but i got a couple pics of a house and the church that is on it… and it was such a beautiful day too….
this was his little home after his wife (my great grandma mary corrine died) and he lived with his brother on his property in this little shack!
well today is my bday and i went with my hubby and his friend to chattanooga, tn.. we went to see my hubby’s family.. we went opened presents first.. and i got CARE BEARS! so excited about that!!!! and then we went to steak and shake (and the sung Happy Bday and it sure made me turn redder than anything) and then we went to one of my favorite stores McKay’s .. there is only 3 of these stores.. Chattanooga, Knoxville and Nashville, TN … they are a used book, dvds, cds,video games, game boards store.. and oh man you could just spend hours in there… well here is the pictures from today. twas a lot of fun.. for sure!
This is a really neat place to visit.. I haven’t been here since I was a kid and I’ve been wanting to go back since… Its a beautiful indoor waterfall inside a cave.. Believe me it worth it!
source : Only In Tennessee
The town of Belvidere, Tennessee is nestled in a sweet hamlet of southern country comfort. Surrounded by lush plant life and enveloped in state history, it’s a great visit whether or not you’re visiting Falls Mill – and we’d most definitely recommend it. The mill is a peek into the past, and you may feel as if Sleeping Beauty or Snow White will come waltzing out of the forest, perfectly at home.
well let me tell you all the adventure me and hubby had today… Okay so We knew thunderstorms were going to happen today and I’ve been watching the radar like a hawk to keep updates on when they would hit.. Well the radar looked like it was a long ways from us still.. I wanted to go hiking so badly… Going on a different trail at our park.. Well it was going good until we reached the midpoint and we started hearing the thunder.. We pretty much power walked out way through that trail and the storm was coming closer and closer.. I was freaking out.. Nearly tripping over the tree roots several times… And when we got out of the trail.. We were near the park office.. My car was seriously on the other side of the bridge.. So we had to walk across it with the rain even pouring harder by the time we got to my car… I have learned a big lesson today… Wait until it sun shines again to hike… I did manage to get some pics before all the chaos…
this is a little itty bitty town in my home county of cumberland.. this is where my grandpa was born and raised here… there is a lot of history to it for me… my grandpa’s family used to own quite a bit of land and they all had to eventually sell it over time.. so i went exploring on the old property and also took some pictures from the town of crab orchard… here’s the pics!
all i can say is WOW! this hike was totally insane!!!! it was a steep incline and then climbing back up was worse.. i’m just not use to it i guess… but there was such amazing beauty through this hike… if you love to hike.. then this is worth the trip… there is like 2 waterfalls.. the upper piney and the lower piney.. we could see the lower piney falls more.. and it was breathtaking.. wish there was a way to have seen the upper one but i wasn’t going to spend all day looking.. but here is the pictures from our trip.. enjoy!
this is the coolest place to visit in TN.. i’ve only been here twice but it’s so worth the trip.. make sure you visit THE LOST SEA if you are ever in Tennessee…. here’s info on it from wikipedia
Map of Tennessee
Craighead Caverns is an extensive cave system located in between Sweetwater and Madisonville, Tennessee. It is best known for containing the United States‘ largest and the world’s second largest non-subglacial underground lake, The Lost Sea. In addition to the lake, the caverns contain an abundance of crystal clusters called anthodites, stalactites, stalagmites, and a waterfall.
Located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, the caverns are named after their former owner, a Cherokee native American, Chief Craighead. The caverns were formerly used by the Cherokee as a meeting place and later they were mined by Confederate soldiers for saltpeter, a commodity necessary to the manufacture of gunpowder.
In 1939, explorers found the remains of a Pleistocene jaguar. The persons who made the discovery were cave guides Jack Kyker and Clarence Hicks, who were exploring in the cave during their off hours. They reported their find to Dr. W. J. Cameron and W. E. Michael of Sweetwater, who were the current owners of the cave. The owners submitted the bones to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where they were identified as bones of a very large jaguar and an elk fawn. George Gaylord Simpson, a vertebrate paleontologist at the museum, subsequently visited Craighead Caverns in May 1940. During his visit, he recovered additional jaguar bones and made casts of several jaguar footprints in the mud floor of the cave. His excavation and findings are reported in American Museum Novitates, No. 1131 (August 6, 1941) on pages 1–12. The report includes photographs of the bones and footprints.
A mushroom farm was operated in the cave from 1939 to 1940. The manure for this operation was supplied from Fort Oglethorpe, where many horses were stabled. The mushroom beds were located in the Big Room, a few hundred feet northeast of the Historic Entrance. In 1947, a wooden dance floor was built in this same area of the cave, and a nightclub, known as the “Cavern Tavern”, was operated in the cave.
The Lost Sea
The lake was discovered in 1905 by a thirteen-year-old boy named Ben Sands. As the story goes Sands, who often played in the cave, happened upon a small opening and crawled through. The room was so large he was unable to see the ends of the room with his lantern, so he threw balls of mud in all directions and heard splashes. When he went back home and told people of his discovery they were hesitant to believe him. By the time Ben convinced his father to go back down with him to explore it further, the water level had risen, hiding the cave entrance from them. It was rediscovered by local explorers several years later.
The visible surface of the lake measures 800 feet (240 m) long and 220 feet (67 m) wide (4.5 acres (1.8 ha)) at normal “full” capacity. Cave divers have explored several rooms that are completely filled with water, without reaching the end of the cave. This exploration was conducted in the 1970s.
For many years The Lost Sea was considered the world’s largest underground lake and is still recognized as the world’s second largest non-subglacial underground lake after Dragon’s Breath Cave, Namibia.
Boat tours of the lake are still given and for many people are the highlight of the tour. In times of extreme drought (such as 2007-08) the lake recedes significantly and the management had to extend the walkway and the boat dock in order to be able to provide the boat tours. According to the management of the Lost Sea, the water level in the lake dropped 28 feet below its normal level at the height of the drought. At such times visitors see a much larger cavern above the lake surface.
- “History of the Lost Sea”. thelostsea.com. Retrieved 2012-06-19.
- “Lost Sea (Craighead Caverns)”. National Park Service. Retrieved 2012-06-19.
- “Dragon’s Breath, Namibia”. National Geographic. Retrieved 2012-08-28.
- E. Randall, Floyd (2000). Great Southern Mysteries. Barnes & Noble Publishing. ISBN 0-7607-2032-0.
- Larry E. Matthews, Caves of Knoxville and the Great Smoky Mountains, 2008, Published by the National Speleological Society, 296 pages, ISBN 978-1-879961-30-2. Chapter 10 – The Lost Sea, pp 181–210.
- The Lost Sea website
- America’s Little-Known Natural Wonders: Spectacular destinations you may not know about, By Christopher Vourlias, Forbes Traveler via Yahoo Traveler, 9/1/09.
- Jim Wyatt’s account of his underwater exploration, By Jim Wyatt on http://www.thedecostop.com 08/24/2005