Friday, September 30, 2016

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Throwback Thursday

For today's throwback Thursday picture we go back to 1996 and Chalmette Battlefield, where the Battle of New Orleans took place. The bottom picture is from the National Park Service website for the battlefield.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016


Confucius, the famous Chinese philosopher, was born September 28, 551, BC.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Cat Warns Bird

This reminds me of Bessie, the cat I had when Sherry and I met. (Via Phils Phun)

Monday, September 26, 2016

Machine Gun Kelly

On September 26, 1933, George Francis Barnes, Jr., known as Machine Gun Kelly, was arrested in Memphis, Tennessee. He was caught without his machine gun and said, "Don't shoot G-men!" when FBI agents arrived to arrest him. The term because synonymous with FBI agent thereafter.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Mustering of the Overmountain Men

Two Hundred and Thirty Six years ago today the Overmountain men mustered at Sycamore Shoals on the Watauga River in what is now Elizabethton, Tennessee, in order to march upon Kings Mountain and turn the tide of the Revolutionary War. Major Patrick Ferguson dared challenge the tough Indian fighters to "desist their resistance to the king's arms" or he would "march his army over the mountains, hand their leaders and lay waste the country with fire and sword." You just don't talk to mountain folk that way, and the Overmountain men let their muskets do the talking. Ferguson perished in action on Kings Mountain.

I took this photograph of the shoals, a low point that renders it an excellent place to ford the river, on Friday on the way up to Roan Mountain State Park to meet my friends Tom and Tracey for the weekend.
There is to be a reenactment of the crossing of the shoals by the Overmountain men this weekend, and a few reenactors were onhand Friday teaching groups of schoolchildren about that period in history. I'm going to have to get me a tricorner hat and some buckskin and do that one of theses days.
This is just another view of the lovely Watauga River just upstream from the shoals.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Creech Hollow Lake

These are some pictures I took of Creech Hollow Lake that I took as I hiked along its shores last week at Montgomery Bell State Park. As you can see, the sun had just come up.
Although a short trail, only 1.7 miles, the Creech Hollow Lake trail is a picture perfect fisherman's trail. The setting is quite peaceful except for the sound of a pumping station on the far side of the lake from where I took this photo.
I got a text from Sherry as I was hiking along, so I took this selfie to send to her. I was almost to the end of the trail at this point. It is not a circular trail. You either connect to another trail within the park's trail system, or you turn around and walk back out. I did the latter.
This is a stream that feeds into the man-made lake. Looks like crawdad hunting territory to me, but I had just enough time to get my hike in, clean up and go to class.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Throwback Thursday

For today's throwback Thursday picture, here is a photograph of Sarah, Joey and Jake playing in the leaves in our house on Old Harding Pike in Nashville in 2006. This was about the time we decided to move from Nashville to Maryville.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Fall Visit to Montgomery Bell State Park

I attended the fall clerks conference meeting in Middle Tennessee at Montgomery Bell State Park last week, and I stayed at the park's inn where the conference is conducted. Every room has a view of Lake Acorn, one of three man-made lakes in the park.

I drove to a different area of the park from the inn one morning to hike a trail I hadn't hiked before, and on the drive back to the inn I came upon these two deer grazing by the side of the road.

Here are a couple of pictures of Lake Woodhaven, near where I walked the Creech Hollow Lake trail that morning before encountering the deer.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Battle of Chickamauga

On September 20, 1863, the Battle of Chickamauga ended with the defeat of the Union Army of the Cumberland by the Confederate Army of Tennessee.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Football, Food and Down Time --What Fall Weekends Are For

The Goodyear blimp was over Alcoa last weekend, most likely on its way up to cover the Battle of Bristol football game. I took this picture of it from our back deck.

Yesterday we drove over to Knoxville to watch the first half of the UT v. Ohio game. When halftime rolled around everyone was ready for lunch, so we headed over to the Calhoun's on Bearden hill and finished up the game there.

We don't really have anything scheduled for today and will most likely have a quiet Sunday around the house.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Constitution Day

Today is Constitution Day in the United States, a day set aside to honor and appreciate our founding document, the United States Constitution, which was adopted on September 17, 1787, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Throwback Thursday

For today's throwback Thursday picture, here's a photograph of Sarah posing next to a flowering tree during our fall 2011 trip to New Orleans. It's hard to believe it has been five years since that trip. It is a very cool city.