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Old 07-06-2008, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Northeast TN
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Really nice photos!
Have you had a chance to take the barge ride at Bays Mountain? Often you see deers playing in the waterlilies in the small coves. It's beautiful!
I'm not sure how I would react to run into a bear on one of the hiking trails though. Yikes!
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Old 07-06-2008, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Dreaming of South Dakota!
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Love the pics! i am wanting to make a trip to Kingsport to take a look around i received information from the town and everything but is there any other info i could find or pictures i could see or someones first hand account of kingsport life? Looking for a nice calm,rural yet close to big town, good for a family of almost 4,Good Schools are a must! i am not real picky, but there does have to be a home depot near by i would be transfering my job to there. how are rental rates for a 2 or 3 bedroom home or mobile home there and the surrounding 25 mile area?
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Old 07-06-2008, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Kingsport, TN
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Really nice photos!
Have you had a chance to take the barge ride at Bays Mountain? Often you see deers playing in the waterlilies in the small coves. It's beautiful!
Thanks. I haven't gone out on the barge in probably 20 years but intend to do so later this summer.

A few more critter pics from my hike up there today...



Female Eastern box turtle; I love their shell patterns!



I shared a few of my raspberries w/ this male box turtle:

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Old 07-06-2008, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Middleton, Wisconsin
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Great Pictures! Love the turtle ones, are they endangered species?
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Old 07-06-2008, 10:05 PM
 
Location: Kingsport, TN
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Great Pictures! Love the turtle ones, are they endangered species?
Thank you, it's hard to take bad pics of such beautiful creatures.

Box turtles are pretty common and not endangered, though many end up as roadkill or get taken as pets. They're very long-lived (up to 50+ years in the wild, with some reported to have reached 100).

I rescued one from the middle of Kingsport's very busy Stone Drive a few years ago after he'd already (miraculously?) crossed 3 lanes of traffic, and released him at Bays Mountain.
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Old 07-06-2008, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Middleton, Wisconsin
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That was very nice of you to help the turtles that are trying to cross the road.
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Old 07-08-2008, 09:56 PM
 
Location: Kingsport, TN
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Love the pics! i am wanting to make a trip to Kingsport to take a look around i received information from the town and everything but is there any other info i could find or pictures i could see or someones first hand account of kingsport life?
There is a Home Depot in Kingsport. For lots of photos, information, and advice on Kingsport, try using City-Data's Advance Search function (using "Kingsport" along w/ other terms of your choosing).

A few more pics...

On a stroll this evening along Kingsport's Greenbelt @ Netherland Inn Road:



Old house (175+ years) & wonderful flower garden along the Greenbelt:





Sign at a farm on Reservoir Road; my girlfriend thought I was nuts, but I'd laugh every time I drove by it on the way to Bays Mountain:

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Old 07-09-2008, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Neat sign, but why is it funny? I feel like I'm missing something, lol.

Very nice of you to save the turtle on Stone Drive. But, goodness -- you got out of your car on Stone Drive!? Who rescued you???
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Old 07-11-2008, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Northeast TN
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Neat sign, but why is it funny? I feel like I'm missing something, lol.

Very nice of you to save the turtle on Stone Drive. But, goodness -- you got out of your car on Stone Drive!? Who rescued you???
That definitely took a lot of nerve! LOL at "Who rescued you?" Stone Drive is really that scary though!
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Old 07-14-2008, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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I have to admit, I love Stone Drive. My home is definitely here in east TN but when I drive other places - like Southern California - I instantly relax. Stone Drive offers just a little bit of that, especially in the afternoon rush.
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