Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Trip to Tennessee . . . Part 3

This is the last entry for our trip visiting a few Tennessee waterfalls.  All of the photos in this entry are of Lamance Falls in Morgan County.

The rock in the foreground is pretty wild . . . it was washed from the ledge and into this position during a flood in the 1920's.  You can not tell from this angle, but it is fairly slim.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Trip to Tennessee . . . Part 2

 Lower Potters Falls . . . Morgan County, Tennessee

 Lower Potters Falls

 Lower Potters Falls

 Upper Potters Falls

 Upper Potters Falls

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Trip to Tennessee . . . Part 1

Over the past few days Dudeboy and I joined uncle Vic on a trip to Tennessee.  The ultimate goal was attending the Wilderness Wildlife Week at Pigeon Forge and then do some hiking in the Smokies.  Blast it if we weren't thwarted with the hiking part.  The first full day we were there torrential downpours turned into heavy wet snow . . . all of which made over 3" of slush.  However, we did get to attend a few of the talks, including Keith's presentation of arches along trails in Tennessee.

By the way, all of these snowscape photos were taken by Dudeboy from our hotel.  I think we need to keep encouraging him with photography.   

Well, since we couldn't hike in all of that slush, we decided to hightail it to the plateau and see some waterfalls.

 Upper Coalfield/Ruffner Falls in Morgan County

Upper Coalfield/Ruffner Falls

Lower Coalfield/Ruffner Falls 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Elvis and Dr. J

In honor of the birthday of Elvis and Dr. J, the Kingdom of Fife homeschool group headed down to Nashville for a full day of fun and feast.  We started out by meeting up with some homeschooling friends at the Hermitage.  As this is the 198th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans, there were several activities that pertained to Jackson and the War of 1812.

The wreath-laying ceremony at the tomb of President Andrew Jackson featuring keynote speaker Jon Meacham.

We then traveled to a new local eatery, which had received rave reviews . . . The Pharmacy Burger Parlor and Beer Garden.  We stuffed ourselves on large, tasty burgers, brauts, and sweet potato fries -- all washed down by sodas from a drugstore soda fountain.  Dudeboy declared this place is a redo.  Finally, we visited the Frist Museum to see an exhibit of German expressionism.  

The day was topped off with a cake from Nashville's Becker's Bakery.  More days like this, and we won't be able to fit in the car for trips to Nashville.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Newbs No More

Well, Dudeboy and I just wrapped up our first full year of reenacting.  We stayed fairly busy with it, as we were able to participate with the 9th Ky. at most of the scheduled events.

Dudeboy and Merkin at the grave of private Joel "Top" Simmons, 9th Ky, Co. K

Here is the listing of the events we participated in 2012 . . .

Feb. 18-19 : Fort Donelson, Dover, TN (150th anniversary event)
March 31-April 1:
Shiloh (150th anniversary event)
*May 27:
Stones River National Cemetery Memorial Day Salute, Murfreesboro, TN
June 9-10:
Old Mulkey Meeting House, Tompkinsville, KY Living History event
Aug. 25-26:
Battle of Richmond, Richmond, KY (150th anniversary event)
Oct. 6-7:
Battle of Perryville, KY (150th anniversary event)
Nov. 10-11:
Chickamauga National Battlefield (Living History event)
Dec 1-2:
Civil War Relic Show, Franklin, TN
**Dec. 29-31: Stones River, Murfreesboro, TN (150th anniversary event)  

*Dudeboy was unable to participate in this event due to illness.
**Dudeboy was unable to participate in this event due to the new age regulations put forth by the National Park Service.