September 2018 Blog Update

Hey folks, I'm still writing and editing more than a bit. This blog isn't on hiatus, but it will likely be October before I have any new posts up. Too much happening elsewhere at the moment. I hope to get the rest of the 2017 entries online, and the first half of 2018 sometime the... Continue Reading →

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Unnamed Canyon, Bankhead National Forest, AL 03/01/19

Unnamed Canyon, Bankhead National Forest, AL 03/01/19 Trails: no trails Length: 8 miles View Photo Gallery Every now and then on one of these off trail forest adventures I like to gamble. I like to pick a spot where there's no information about it, a spot where maybe there's a waterfall, maybe there isn't, and... Continue Reading →

Exploring South Cumberland State Park, TN: Grundy Day Loop (video)

https://youtu.be/0US89-2sRMM #fierygizzard #southcumberland #waterfalls This short 2 mile loop leads through a canyon on Big Fiery Gizzard Creek, along the northernmost portion of the Fiery Gizzard Trail. There are massive eastern hemlocks and lots of cascades. The two largest waterfalls along this loop, Blue Hole Falls and Hanes Hole Falls, are small, but beautiful. Thanks... Continue Reading →

2019 Chinese Lantern Festival, Nighttime, Huntsville Botanical Gardens, AL (video)

https://youtu.be/KhlsSdpqxHc #chineselantern #huntsville #huntsvillebotanicalgarden The nighttime version of the 2019 Chinese Lantern Festival at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens. As with the previous, I don't do any narration in this video. The lanterns are often accompanied by music and or other sounds at times, and I didn't want to get in the way of that. Hope... Continue Reading →

2019 Chinese Lantern Festival, Daytime, Huntsville Botanical Gardens, AL (video)

https://youtu.be/a3zIZIx80VE Chinese Lantern Festival, Part 1! I decided to take video to share to show the different views of this festival. It's magical at night, and I'll post that video next (tomorrow), but the daytime was also appealing, as the contrast of the bright lantern colors match equally as well with the deep lush greens... Continue Reading →

Last night was a first…

Last night I left work early to go assist in a search and rescue operation for an injured hiker in Bankhead National Forest. This was really my first true experience in a situation like this, and these SAR folks were amazing. I don’t know how much my being there helped in any of it, as... Continue Reading →

Exploring Bankhead National Forest: We found a waterfall wonderland! (video)

https://youtu.be/Z3F3LiG615s An off trail adventure earlier in the year where we found 14 waterfalls along several unnamed streams. One of these falls is among my favorite I've found (so far) that doesn't have a name. In addition to the awesome waterfalls, we creek walked in knee deep water in March through small rapids and beneath... Continue Reading →

Exploring South Cumberland State Park: Foster Falls Small Wild Area (video)

https://youtu.be/tpgtOJbMStY At the southern end of the Fiery Gizzard Trail is 60ft Foster Falls, one of the most scenic falls around the Chattanooga area. This video we take a trip down Fiery Gizzard Creek to see the falls, taking the Climbers loop past some amazing bluffs. We'd follow the Fiery Gizzard Trail north through most... Continue Reading →

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