Thursday, October 28, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Albert's foot, which is not far from Levy's leg.
How did they get so dirty by playing in water?
The perfect night for our spooktacular . . .
The Devil Doll
The Explorers Club
Hopped up on candy!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
A newly documented arch from a lead from Keith. This is a major arch . . . the smallest part of the opening measuring about 50'.
It is located not far from Clarkrange, TN. on private property.
And the arch is significant historically as well, for there are a couple of Native American pictographs on the arch itself.
One was described as a "pot of gold" or "kettle." And then there was this one . . . a local we talked to described it as a "fox," but I think it more resembles a buffalo (the horns and hump).
This is one of my favorite arches in the BSF region . . . Clarkrange Triple. It is located on private property.
The owners have done much to clean the area up. This is a view from one of the smaller openings.
This is an arch Vic and I documented a few years ago. It is a major arch that is located in Wayne County, Kentucky.
It measures almost 70' wide.
Monday, October 18, 2010
On a cliff-side by Smokehouse Tunnel.
Dudeboy in the maze of rocks at Chimney Rock. He dubbed this place "Fort High Rock." It was hard to get him to leave the place. The wind was really whipping through there.
Dudeboy is actually sitting in a small undocumented arch. The big rock looming in the background is part of Chimney Rock.
This is Greenwood Cliff Tunnel. We first documented this feature several years ago.
Dudeboy is sticking his head though a hole in the lintel of the arch.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
The view from our campsite at Stone Mountain . . .
A monument to traitors . . . and a site for Klan rallies.
Dudeboy thought the the giant granite dome that makes up Stone Mountain resembled the moon . . . well, here are the craters.
Downtown Atlanta off in the distance.
The Battle for Atlanta Cyclorama.
The Atlanta Cyclorama is also home for the steam locomotive Texas . . . which chased down the General.
We saw the actual General at our next stop. It is one of the most famous trains of the Civil War. Andrews’ raid started at Big Shanty (now Kennesaw), which is where the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History is located. It was one of the best museums because it had trains and the Civil War intertwined. We learned about the railroad in the South. For example, one of the exhibits was about Confederates guarding the railway tracks so the Union wouldn’t sabotage them. We also saw a big exhibit on the foundry located nearby where they made trains. It included unfinished trains from the foundry.
The General was captured just out of Ringgold, Ga. (which was home to us for two years).
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Author's note: I am not trying to glorify my great-great-great-grandfather, but I am trying to emphasize his importance and that of the 9th KY in the Union army and the Civil War.
On Thursday we started my fall break: Merkin and I went to Atlanta to see the Dali exhibit, but because we're the Kingdom of Fife homeschool we're compelled to do a lot of other stuff. On the way to Atlanta we stopped at Chickamauga Battlefield. We went through the visitor's center. They have one of the best collections of Civil War arms, including Spencer's repeating rifles which we'll talk about later. The first thing we actually did on the battlefield was to stop at the Kentucky monument which had been vandalized along with many other monuments. In the visitor's center there was an exhibit about the vandalism of monuments. That shows you that people today have NO respect for history.
The monument for the state of Kentucky.
After that we passed several other monuments and saw a cabin where the confederate breakthrough was. It reminded Merkin of the short story by Ambrose Bierce, "Chickamauga." Then we went to the Wilder Monument where a small group of men equipped with Spencer repeating rifles held off the much larger Confederate force. The monument looked like a giant chess piece. You could climb up inside it and come out the top. There were several windows and we got great views of the battlefield.
Rapunzel, Rapunzel . . . let down your hair.
Our Atlanta campaign continued to the Dali exhibit at the High Museum of Art. It was called "Dalí: The Late Work." Several of the paintings were new to me and several were old favorites. It was really neat to see them in person. It's different to see a painting in a museum instead of a book. Some of my favorites were: "The Skull of Zurbarán," "Santiago El Grande," "Fifty Abstract Paintings Which as Seen from Two Yards Change into Three Lenins Masquerading as Chinese and as Seen from Six Yards Appear as the Head of a Royal Bengal Tiger," and "Portrait of My Dead Brother." I'm really glad I got to see that exhibit because I don't remember the Dali exhibits I saw when I was a lot younger.
There was also a folk art collection that had several works I liked. One of my favorites was "A Friend in Need Is a Friend Indeed" by Henry Church Jr.
Apparently, birds have been targeting Dali . . . everyone's an art critic.