Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Roaming the Properties with the Neighbor

Don owns the land next to ours. It is a beautiful and important tract in the scheme of things. He wants it protected from the march of development and has been a good ally in protecting the Whites Creek watershed. We rode up one of the old roads to look for one of Don's corner markers. He thought it was a concrete marker. We bushwhacked around for a half hour and were about to give up. I decided to try one more area and there it was. It wasn;t concrete. It is a cut stone marker with the initials C S carved in it. That stands for Cincinnati Southern Railway. In order to entice railroads into Tennessee they were awarded large land grants and this is one of them. Don's father got the land in about 1945 and Don bought it from his father 30 or so years later. Don is an energetic fellow and gives me hope. He turned 88 this week.

Thursday, November 05, 2015

View From Jump Rock

So I dragged Skip on a little hike to Jump Rock on Piney Creek. He's about 35 feet above the water so forgive him for not standing right on the edge of the rock. This is about 1/2 mile above the confluence with Whites Creek.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Hugging Tree at Whites Creek

We have done a rough survey of this Hemlock beauty that has it at just under 100 feet tall with a 54 foot crown width. It is just the right width and at just the right angle to feel really good on your back when you hug it. So if someone ever calls you a "tree hugger"...ask then if they've ever really hugged a tree?