Lynn and I continued on our waterfall journey yesterday. We have a copy of the book, Waterfalls of Tennessee by Gregory Plums. It lists all the waterfalls in Tennessee along with his ratings and directions to the falls. We are on a quest to visit as many as possible. The falls above are called Jackson Falls. Due to low rainfall in Tennessee, the waterfalls we visited were just trickles but still beautiful. Jackson Falls are located around mile marker 408 along the Natchez Trace Parkway. The walk is steep but paved.
West Mead Falls are right in the middle of Nashville in a beautiful subdivision right off Jocelyn Hollow Road. There is no walk and you can park on the dead end road.
Bell Falls above are actually a tunnel built through a 300 ft. wide ridge separating a bend in the Harpeth River. They are in the Narrows of the Harpeth State Park. You can see one side of the tunnel after a short walk, but the other side (above) is a longer more strenuous walk along the river. Branching off from that trail is a 1/3 mile climb to the top of a rocky mound. It’s really fun on the knees but well worth the view from the top.
This is our third outing in search of waterfalls. So far we have not been disappointed. Brad and Brigid, our traveling mascots seem to enjoy the trips too. They get just as hungry and we do so we always pack a lunch to enjoy on the way. They do enjoy their champagne and it’s a part of our tradition that we started way back in 2004 on our first Thelma & Louise adventure.
As for the waterfalls, it’s amazing what you can find to explore so close to your own home.
Last night was the perfect weather for a campfire! When we went to Bledsoe State Park a couple of weeks ago there was a burn ban in effect due to the lack of rain in September so we were ready for a big fire! I picked up a packet of color flames at Cedars of Lebanon State Park, and I was eager to see if it worked. I was not disappointed as you can see from the photos above. The colors lasted more than 30 minutes, and we sat mesmerized by the show. These photos were taken on my iPhone XS. I enjoyed seeing what spectral images Mother Nature chose to reveal. What do you see?
If you have trouble quieting your mind try gazing into a fire. The dancing flames will take you far far away and suddenly all those nagging thoughts will magically disappear! You won’t even know you are meditating!
Calypso made her third voyage on October 14. Dan and I want to camp in every state park in Tennessee, unfortunately some parks don’t have campgrounds. The second voyage was to Bledsoe Creek, near Gallatin, Tennessee. I’ll add that one in later.
Number three took us to Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park near Camden, Tennessee. It is named for the Confederate General during the Civil War. It’s a beautiful park that sits on the Tennessee River and Kentucky Lake. There are over 2000 acres of forest to wander. It’s a small campground and the only lakefront sites are for primitive camping only. That’s not for me, Calypso offers me all the comforts of home in a more rustic setting!
If you love hiking there are miles of trails. There’s even a 20 mile loop for the experienced hiker. The camp host told me that lots of people hike that trail in preparation for future hikes like the Appalachian Trail. There is a short trail right at our site that joins that trail about quarter of a mile in. That’s more to my liking. I can go for a one mile hike or a ten mile hike and come right back to my campsite when ready. Photo below is the view from our patio!
Photo below is the beginning of my first branch weaving. It took awhile to find the perfect stick, had to walk at least a mile! Maybe I will make some progress later this afternoon.
Thelma and Louise have not had an adventure in several months so we decided to take a day trip to Rutledge Falls. It’s a beautiful waterfall between Tullahoma and Manchester Tennessee. It’s on private land but the owners allow you to visit from dawn till dusk. They also allow fishing!
There’s the remnants of an old moonshine still on the hill above the falls.
Lynn likes to get her toes wet! And Brad and Brigid, our faithful mascots enjoyed the peaceful sound of the water.
Down the road a couple of miles is Machine Falls. It’s about a 3 mile hike to the falls. Don’t let the photo fool you, it was a lot of climbing down and up, but the falls were worth the effort. It’s amazing how many hidden gems you can find if you look. A fellow hiker told us about a book called Waterfalls of Tennessee. Lynn just got the book so we might be on a mission to see how many we can visit.
As is our travel tradition we had a nice picnic at Barton Springs on Normandy Lake. The “kids” climbed trees and enjoyed the sunshine! It’s good to get out in nature and all of this was less than two hours from Nashville!
Today we explored the park. Although the name of the park is Cedars of Lebanon, I’m told that there are very few cedar trees in the park! However there are lots of fir trees.
There are quite a few nice hiking trails through the woods. We hiked a bit today but it was really hot so we headed back to Calypso for a beverage!
In the photo above you see large limestone boulders. Limestone is everywhere in the park.
I’m told that there are a lot of caves under the park. Jackson cave is open to spelunkers but you must have a permit.
Above is just a small rock overhang we saw on the trail today.
Photos below are a really unique old tree. It’s looks different from each angle. Who knows how long it’s been growing. The last photo looks like the profile of a dog. What do you see?
After a nap in the cool air conditioning I came out and finished a weaving. I found a key chain with 9 keys when we cleaned out our old family home. I decided to incorporate them into the weaving, unlocking the doors to the unseen realm.
Calypso goes home tomorrow. Great maiden voyage! Lots of adventure ahead!
A new camper joins our family! Layula has moved to a new home with our kids. Our new trailer is named Calypso! That was the name of Jacques Cousteau’s boat. He was a great sea explorer as you know. I don’t do boats so Calypso is my land explorer. We are on her maiden voyage at Cedars of Lebanon State Park. It’s beautiful today, and so quiet! The day after Labor Day and we practically have the park to ourselves. I look forward to our adventures together. I’m ready to head west and see the Grand Canyon, but Dan says “baby steps.” So Tennessee State Parks it is.
First morning light I interrupted a spider as she was weaving her web.
And speaking of weaving I just finished this weaving that I started a few weeks ago while camping. Seems I don’t get distracted by every day life when I’m in the woods.
I started a large weaving this morning. No plan in mind. Will use some small bits of leftover yarn as well as new yarn. I walked down to lake and found some nice driftwood pieces I plan to use as a hanger.
I also finished a tiny piece I started on the way to Clearwater. It’s only 2.5 x 5 inches. I added a few spike beads to the bottom. Sometimes the small pieces are more difficult than the larger ones.