Bristol, TN – Weir Dam / Osceola Island

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Today before our Memorial Day get together at our house, we went for an easy 1.5 mile walk on Osceola Island, below South Holston Dam. Today the water wasn’t generating. There were several fishermen out in the middle of the river, fly fishing. When we were walking on the back end of the island, saw a guy reeling a little one in.

There were quite a few picnicking today. Even a group picnicking with their pet pig. It was a small pig. Of course I posted a photo. Who wouldn’t when they see a little pig as part of a group of picnickers.

We first walked around the weir dam area by the parking area. After taking some photos in this area, we headed across the bridge for our walk around the island. There is a larger loop that takes up about 3/4 of the island. Then, a smaller loop on the dam side of the island.

Here are a few photos from today. Of course with the twins over at the house today for our Memorial Day get together, there are a few photos of them.

Address: 918 Holston View Dam Road, Bristol, TN. You will cross the bridge over Holston River prior to arriving at this address. Once you cross the river, you can park at that first parking area on your left, or go a little further up the road and park at the weir dam / picnic area.

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The still water at weir dam

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Looking upriver in the direction of the dam. Probably a piece of Holston Mountain in the background.

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Down on the river by weir dam

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Then turned around and got a shot down-river

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The piglet on a picnic

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Weir Dam from the bridge that crosses over to Osceola Island

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Nice walk through the woods

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The bridge crossing Holston River

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Look how clear that water is

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Pulling in a little one

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One of the little bridges on the back side

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A family of geese

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Not much water up in this little cove from where the water isn’t generating

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Looking towards the dam on the upper end of the island

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A couple of geese

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A little pond on the back end of the island

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Weir Dam from the island side

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Sawyer and Eli hanging out with daddy and Uncle Eric on the back porch

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Sawyer and Eli hanging out with their cousins from Texas

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Eli and Cousin Emmy

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Sawyer going to give Cousin Nathan a goodbye hug

 

Rogersville, TN – Amis Mill / Big Creek Dam and Mill

After our hike at Johnson Ridge Trail in Bean Station, as we were heading back home, we stopped at the Amis Mill area in Rogersville. This area includes Thomas Amis Historic Site, a restaurant, a visitors center, and Big Creek Dam and Mill, which was what we wanted to check out.

We parked across the road from the dam. We pulled into the area where you park for the restaurant. But, since we weren’t going to eat there, we didn’t park in the restaurant parking lot. We parking in the grass on the other side of a gravel road that goes on the upper side of the restaurant. That road takes you back to an old historic home. We didn’t drive all the way up to the home. Looked like people were setting up for a wedding.

But, as for what drew us there, which was the dam. We crossed the road and went down steps. We first walked to the right and took some dam photos. We then checked out the ruins of an old grist mill. We walked further down the river until we came to what we thought may be someone’s house. Found out after we arrived back home and looked at their website, that this was the visitors center. But, not knowing this was the visitors center, we turned around and walked past the dam and walked along the river as far as we could walk, which isn’t very far. I’d say that we only strolled around 6/10 of a mile across the road from the restaurant.

Also saw on their website that there is a trail called Birdhouse Trail. You can stroll a trail that has unique birdhouses that have been donated. Didn’t see this trail during our visit. We’ll go back sometime and maybe have some lunch, check out Birdhouse Trail, and their visitors center.

Here is a link to the website for the Amis Mill area. http://www.amismill.com/

Here are a few photos from our little stroll.

Address: 127 West Bear Hollow Road, Rogersville, TN

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Where we turned in to park

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Cross the road and go down the steps to take a stroll

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Our best shot of the dam

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Grist mill ruins

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Downriver, looking towards dam

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Standing by the dam looking back up at the restaurant

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These next 4 shots are our stroll up-river

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This last shot, you can kind of tell that we are almost where the water drops over the dam

Bean Station, TN – Johnson Ridge Trail

This is a TVA recreational trail. After parking at a nice paved parking area right past a little neighborhood, you can take a pretty easy 1.7 mile loop around Johnson Ridge peninsula on Cherokee Lake. People hike and run the trail. Some people take this trail and take one of the little trails through the bushes and do some swimming on Cherokee Lake. Fishermen also use this trail to do some shoreline fishing.

If you start out behind the trailhead kiosk, and take the fork to the right, you’ll be walking through the woods for a bit until you see your first sign of water. Your first sign of water is a little pond back in the cove. Continue on the peninsula trail, and you will quickly see signs of Cherokee Lake. As you are walking around the peninsula, with the leaves on the trees, it’s kind of hard to see the water. But, there are plenty of spots to walk through the bushes and end up right out on the water. As you start heading around the other side of the peninsula, there will be little trails down to the water where there are huge boulders. Continuing on, it would be hard to miss, but there is a huge tree where it looks like someone just stripped the bark off of it. Interesting sight. Continuing on you are going to end up walking along a cove again. You may notice on your right, an old boat dock. After leaving the waters edge, it’s not too far back to the parking area. When we came to a fork in the path, we took the right fork. That brought us back into the parking lot. Ends up that we could have taken the left fork and it would have just kept us in the woods a little longer and would have brought us back to the trailhead.

Here are a few photos from our walk today.

Address for parking area: 226 Lake Dr, Bean Station, TN

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Just got out of the car. Looking back towards the parking lot entrance right off of a little neighborhood.

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This area over here is actually where we will exit the trail when we return

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Johnson Ridge Trail trailhead

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You first start out strolling through the woods for a short bit before arriving at the water

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Here’s another woods photo. Thought it interesting how different the greens looks from my camera (this photo) vs. Steve’s camera (previous photo).

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The first sign of water. A little pond up in the cove.

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Not sure why this is painted on the tree

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Took a little trail off to the right. We’re just about to come out of the cove, onto Cherokee Lake.

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On the far end of the peninsula, a view of Cherokee Lake

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Walking on the clay shoreline

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The rocky shoreline of Cherokee Lake

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Along the shoreline on the other side of the peninsula

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Greenery in an old tire

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Here comes a fast moving boat

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Here’s the tree with the bark peeled off of it

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Granddaddy long leg crawling over some leaves

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Now we’re up on the ridge above the lake

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As we were leaving the waters edge, there was this old boat dock on the right

 

Asheville, NC – North Carolina Arboretum

Two arboretum posts in a row? Yes. We took what we thought was our monthly trip to the arboretum near the beginning of the month, and realized towards the end of the month that the arboretum was having their Asheville – Blue Ridge Rose Society Exhibition. Steve was excited about trying out / learning how to use one of his new lenses.

We didn’t do a hike today. We just checked out what was blooming in the gardens, and then checked out the rose show. I took quite a few photos, but Steve I believe, as he normally does, took a photo of every rose in the room. To kill time, I did some extra walking out in the gardens while he took a photo of every rose.

Here are a few photos from today.

Arboretum address: 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC

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These first 8 photos are from out in the gardens

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Then these next 12 were taken inside at the rose exhibition

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Lastly, a tarpon in my driveway

Asheville, NC – North Carolina Arboretum

Today was our monthly / May trip to the arboretum. Was anxious to see what was blooming this month. We also wanted to check out the National Azalea Garden and see if there were any remaining azaleas. There were a few left.

After we swiped our membership card at the gate, we took an immediate left and parked in the gravel parking area at Gatehouse Parking Area. We started our walk and came to the fork where you can either go left on Hard Times Road, or right on Old Mill Trail (which is what we took), and were first greeted with a sign that there had been bear sightings. But, I think that sign was more for people taking off on Hard Times Trail. But, we took off on Old Mill Trail. It’s an easy 3/10 of a mile trail. We then met up with Bent Creek Road. Our destination was the azalea gardens, so we took off to the left. I think it’s only about 1/2 mile (if that), to the azalea gardens. The azaleas were just about fizzled out. So, we turned around and headed back to the car and then drove to the gardens. Just walked around and enjoyed what was blooming today.

Included in my photos today are quite a few photos that we took at the North Carolina Welcome Center on I-26 West. We stopped there on our way to the arboretum. The rhododenrons were at peak there today. We walked around in front of / behind the welcome center and captured quite a few photos. Also, the twins were up this past week, so a couple of photos of them.

Arboretum address: 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC

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The bear warning that was probably more for Hard Times Road rather than Old Mill Trail, which was the fork that we took

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Standing on a bridge, taking a photo of the creek and bridge that takes you out of the arboretum

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See the butterfly, mid-page?

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Mountain Laurel blooming on the trail

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Spider web hanging over the creek

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Some ferns in the azalea gardens

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This was about it for azaleas at this late date

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Heading back to the parking area on Old Mill Trail. Walking along the little viaduct that takes you out of the arboretum

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These next 10 photos were taken at the gardens

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These next 9 photos were taken at the I-26 North Carolina Welcome Center

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We are on our “hike” on the trails on our property. Stopped at Uncle Eric’s. Eli with his backpack and hiking pole (a.k.a plastic golf club).

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Sawyer rockin’ on the front porch with Nana

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Liked this silhouette of Sawyer. I was down the hill beside of my house, and he was heading the wrong way at the start of our “hike”.

Belmont, NC – Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens

On our way home from our Charlotte, NC trip, we stopped at these gardens. When we first drove into the parking lot we were shocked at the # of cars. The parking lot was almost full when we arrived late morning. Quickly figured out that there was something special going on for Mother’s Day.

The gardens are 380 acres and the property sits on the banks of Lake Wylie. Experience a nice visitors center with gift shop, gardens, fountains, trails, an orchid / tropical plant conservatory, and more. As of this date, the price to get in was $12.95 per adult. Where we are members of the North Carolina Arboretum, they are part of our reciprocal program, and we were able to show our cards and get in free.

We started out by walking out the doors of the visitors center and started our exploration of the gardens. Eventually we ran across a new part of the gardens that were not there when we visited a couple of years ago. It’s called Lost Hollow The Kimbrell Children’s Garden. In the children’s gardens there is a stone gazebo, a little pond, and a few little trails. After walking through this area, we walked back into the gardens. There was one large area that we came across where there were garden vegetables planted all over the place. That was pretty cool. Gave me some ideas. We eventually came to a part where you can leave the gardens. We then walked a trail around a meadow. There were a couple of trails off to the right of the meadow, but it was so hot today, we decided not to take on some additional hiking. I knew that one of the trails took you down close to Lake Wylie, but you can’t quite get all the way to the banks. Unless the trail has been extended.

We continued on through the meadow and back into the gardens. After enjoying the rest of the gardens, we lastly went to the orchid / tropical gardens conservatory. There were people all over the place with their blankets under trees having lunch / snacks. We walked into the conservatory and there were so many people in there. We took off to the right and the line was so slow going through. I kind of cheated (okay there is no written rule that you have to go to the right) and turned around and headed the other way. It was very humid in there, but very pretty.

It was then time to get out of there and drive 3 hours home.

Here is a link to their website. http://www.dsbg.org/

And here are a bunch of photos from today. Of course I don’t have the photos of flowers named. You’d think as often as we like to go out and photograph blooms that we’d know a flower or two.

Address to gardens: 6500 S. New Hope Rd., Belmont, NC

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Heading towards the visitors center from the parking lot

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Greenery along a walkway to the right of the visitors center

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Walk out little gates and there are a few picnic tables

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It took several shots for me to get this shot without a stranger in the photo

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These next 5 photos are from the children’s garden

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These next 8 photos, we have stepped outside of the gardens. This is a photo of “The Nest”

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The Log Fort

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The frog almost blends in, in this photo

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The trail to “Mirrors”. But, there were too many people to get close to the house of mirrors

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Just about ready to head back into the gardens and saw this “horse ride” heading our way

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Stepping back into the gardens

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It was such a hot day, this was a nice way to cool off a little

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This little playhouse was new. The last time we were at the gardens, there was a “house” that housed parrots.

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We’re getting ready to head into the orchid / tropical garden conservatory. People were enjoying lunch / snacks on their blankets out front.

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These last 6 photos were taken in the orchid / tropical plant conservatory

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Charlotte, NC – Freedom Park

Headed to Charlotte for a 3 day weekend. Headed over on Friday and then on Saturday we went to the PGA Wells Fargo Championship.

On Friday when we arrived, we had lunch, visited the camera store that Steve has to always visit, and then had a little bit of time left to get a walk in. Most of my suggestions for walks were outside of Charlotte, so since it was getting late in the day, decided to go to Freedom Park in Charlotte. If I recall correctly, we walked close to 2 miles around the park. This is a very easy walk.

Freedom Park is a 98 acre park. It has ballfields, tennis courts, playgrounds, picnic shelters, walking trails, 7 acre lake, and more.

When you pull into the park, there are parking spaces immediately on your left. This is where we parked. We then took off down the sidewalk. There was a big creek on our left, but where everything was so green and grown up, couldn’t really see the creek. In the park, there are 3 bridges that cross the creek, so we checked out the creek from the bridges.

Continuing on, you’ll see playgrounds and a train on your right. We cut through this area and then crossed a little bridge that took us to another section of the park. You take the sidewalk across the bridge and you soon come to what is called Duck Pond. You can take this sidewalk all the way around the pond. Today there were alot of high school kids at the park having their prom photos made. Some kids had friends taking photos, other kids had professional photographers.

On the far end of Duck Pond, there is a fountain. The wind was blowing today, and the way that the water was blowing, you could see a rainbow in the spray. We took lots of shots of the fountain with the rainbow in hopes of getting at least 1 good shot. Steve got a pretty good shot, which I posted below. When you curve around the pond and head back the other way, there will be a bridge that crosses the creek that takes you to a nature museum. This was our 2nd visit to this park, but we’ve never visited the museum.

When heading back, when we walked across the little bridge that took you back to the section of the park with the playground and train. We turned right and crossed the bridge that crosses the creek and took the back side, back towards the car. You’re just basically walking on a paved path with woods on your right, and the creek on your left. But, as before, we couldn’t see the creek because of the growth. We then came to another bridge, turned left across it, then turned right and headed back to the car.

Here is a map of Freedom Park. http://charmeck.org/mecklenburg/county/ParkandRec/Parks/ParksByRegion/Documents/freedom-1.pdf

Also, if you are curious how a train ended up in Freedom Park, here is an article that talks about that. http://clclt.com/theclog/archives/2013/04/05/question-the-queen-city-how-did-a-train-end-up-in-freedom-park

One last tid-bit of information. If you’re familiar with the movie, Shallow Hal…..Freedom Park is where the park scenes were shot for the movie.

Here are a few photos from today.

Freedom Park address: 1900 East Boulevard, Charlotte, NC

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Taking off on our walk from the parking area. Creek is on our left behind the trees and bushes. The road that continues into the park on our right.

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The train in the park

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A bloom along the path

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Duck Pond bridge

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Continued on and turned around and took this shot back towards Duck Pond bridge. You can barely see it in the middle of the photo.

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The fountain up ahead

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This was the best rainbow effect shot that we ended up with

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Looped back around and continuing on the sidewalk

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Looks like a little rose

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I’m assuming this is some sort of rose species

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A group of high schoolers having their photos taken before prom

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Cut-off to the nature museum. I believe there’s a charge to tour the museum.

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View of the creek from the bridge that goes to the museum

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One last shot of Duck Pond bridge

 

Bristol, TN – Whitetop Creek Park

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Needed a quick walk close to home today, so headed over to Whitetop Creek Park. This is a pretty small park. About 55 acres. It has a nice playground and picnic area. It’s also a softball / soccer complex. It has a nice 1 mile / easy walking trail around the perimeter of the park. Behind the ball fields you have a 1.5 acre pond. From the upper side of the pond, you have a pretty good view of Bristol Motor Speedway. On the other side of the ball fields, you have a small wetlands area. Today we saw a snake slithering through the water in the wetlands. I posted the photo below, but it’s very blurry. But, you can tell it’s a snake.

Here is a map of the park. http://www.bristoltn.org/DocumentCenter/Home/View/936

And then here are a few photos from our walk. For some reason, most of our photos didn’t upload to DropBox so didn’t have many to choose from for this post.

Whitetop Creek Park address: 310 Sportsway Drive, Bristol, TN

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Playground and picnic shelter at the park

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I try not to post blurry photos, but since we lost most of our photos, this is the only photo that I had of the snake slithering through the water at the wetlands.

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Something blooming at the park

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Coming upon the 1.5 acre pond. You can barely see Bristol Motor Speedway in the background.

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A couple of geese with babies

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