Day Trip from Nashville to Montgomery Bell State Park, Tennessee

A pleasant day trip from Nashville to Montgomery Bell State Park in summer 2017 with my housemate and dear friend. The park is huge, and there’s lots to do. We first walked from the visitor center up to the lovely stone dam that the park is known for (pictured a few images below). It was a really hot day, and the trail mostly followed a nice cool stream, so we ended up taking our shoes off and walking in the creek for most of the way.

Then we took a short drive to another section of the park where they have lovely swimming and row-boat area designated on the lake. It wasn’t a huge swimming area (see the roped off section two images down), but the water felt great, and it was fun to see people from the area out with their kids getting some sun and enjoying the state parks.

35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more posts from Tennessee.

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Native American Ruins at Old Stone Fort in Manchester, Tennessee

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Old Stone Fort in Coffee County, Tennessee (about an hour and some change south of Nashville, also home of Bonnaroo) is not a fort. When it was discovered by white settlers, they mis-identified it as a fort, and the name has stuck. In fact, the stone walls covered in earth works were created by Native Americans in the Middle Woodland Period (1,500-2,000 years ago). The site has been studied by archeologists on and off since the 60’s, but we still don’t know for sure what it was used for. The low wall is build along the edge of a peninsula created by the confluence of two rivers. The placement of the entrance to the large clearing within the wall suggests the area was used for ceremonial purposes.

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There are some interpretive panels around the site that can tell you more, but they are rather old. You can’t really see much of the wall, since it’s covered in earth and forest growth, but the site itself is a great place to walk around and explore for a few hours. There are a few little waterfalls and you plenty of paths to take you down by the rivers. There are also some ruins from civil-war era mills here and there. Aleksi and I drove down there last spring, and had a grand old time. I highly recommend it if you are looking for a nice half-day trip from Nashville.

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[35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more photos of Tennessee.]

Cherry Blossom Surprise

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Back in March, I was surprised and delighted to find that the scrawny little tree in my front yard was in fact a cherry tree. It had some truly lovely blooms, which I captured on one of those strange-light afternoons where the sun peeks out from under the clouds in between bursts of rain. blossoms5

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Nashville, TN: Our Parthenon Has a Roof, Can Greece Say the Same?

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FYI in case you didn’t know, Nashville has a full-size replica of the intact Parthenon complete with giant gold statue of Athena. Also there’s a nice art gallery in the basement. So, all-in-all, a lot more going on here than that pile of rubble in Greece. *winky face* This masterpiece of American kitsch was build in 1897, as part of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition, which celebrated the 100th anniversary of Nashville statehood. In 1997, they created the Bicentennial Mall State Park, which is more classier but far less absurdly delightful. [35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more photos of Tennessee.]

Nashville: East Hill in the Snow

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While we don’t get much snow here in Nashville, last year in early January, we got 7-8 inches in one beautiful morning. Then the sun came out, and I walked around my neighborhood, East Hill, enjoying the crisp air and bright, fluffy snow while it lasted.

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[35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more photos of Tennessee.]

Nashville, TN: A Winter Stroll Over the Cumberland River

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One of my favorite things in Nashville is the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge over the Cumberland River. When the weather is nice, I cross it in the morning and evening on my bike commute to work. Most recently, I marched across it with 15,000 others to protest the Trump administration. These photos here are from last year around this time, when Aleksi first visited Nashville and we did some exploratory rambling together in bitter cold weather. nashville26

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nashville23[35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more photos of Tennessee.]

Monuments and Memorials in Downtown Nashville, TN

nashville9A few sites in downtown Nashville. Above: My former least favorite and now second least favorite American president, Andrew Jackson. Capitol Hill. Below: The historic Downtown Presbyterian Church. Built in 1848, but the site of a church since 1818. Very iconic double towers worth googling if you are interested in that sort of thing. nashville11Below: A statue at War Memorial Plaza. nashville10
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Above: My handsome Finnish fella.Below: A war (WWII?) memorial in the Bicentennial Mall State Park.
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[35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more photos of Tennessee.]