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Old 04-17-2009, 03:48 AM
 
Location: Rensselaer, New York (unfortunately)
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Doesn't someone from down there need my Suburban Chicago house so I can enjoy your beautiful state?

LOL..... the weather here in NY is not much different from Chicago! Unfortunately I don't own a home here, i just live with my parents....i'm stuck for a while longer too.
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Old 04-17-2009, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Kingsport, TN
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Yesterday, I took my first trip to Buffalo Mountain Park in Johnson City since the huge forest fire last spring.

I stopped at JC's Willow Springs Park along the way; here's the playground area with Buffalo Mtn. in the background:



Along Lone Oak Trail in Buffalo Mtn. Park, most of the vegetation was killed by the fire but a lot of plants are bouncing back nicely:



Mountain laurel:


New moss:


Rue anemone (left) and Star chickweed (right):


Sessile bellwort:


Views from Tip Top, the highest point in the park at 3300'. This is looking over Johnson City with Virginia's Clinch Mountain in background:


On the other side is Unaka Mountain (5180'), near Unicoi:


View coming down the mountain:


Small waterfall at trailhead of Lone Oak Trail:

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Old 04-17-2009, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Beautiful East TN!!
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Just beautiful! I have got to make it up there this summer for sure! well, that is if hubby's knee will heal.
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Old 04-17-2009, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Kingsport, TN
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Just beautiful! I have got to make it up there this summer for sure! well, that is if hubby's knee will heal.
If you do go, you should probably avoid Lone Oak Trail. It's extremely narrow (8-10") in many places with 45-degree slopes below, and I wouldn't recommend it for young children, inexperienced hikers, or anyone with gimpy knees/ankles. Sturdy hiking boots and trekking poles or a hiking stick are very helpful on this trail.

I thoroughly enjoyed the hike and even met the trail's creator, 82-year-old Tom Dosser, coming down the mountain after he'd done some maintenance work...very nice guy.

The park's other trails are more manageable. FWIW, the best views are from White Rock and Tip Top, IMO.
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Old 04-17-2009, 11:01 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Thanks for the pix, kamoshika! Great, great, great.
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Old 04-18-2009, 01:33 AM
 
Location: Rensselaer, New York (unfortunately)
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I just love these photos, please keep them coming!
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Old 04-18-2009, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Silver Creek, New York
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Thumbs up I appreciate!

Ever since she was just a little tyke, my mantra to my granddaughter has been: "Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt." This threads' wonderful photos express exactly what I meant by that.

I am a gardener, however, have never seen the bellwort. Very elegant.....I think I need some!!

Many, many thanks for sharing, everyone.....

Jan
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Old 04-20-2009, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Middleton, Wisconsin
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Kamoshika, Your photos never let me down.
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Old 04-20-2009, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Tennessee bound...someday
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Kamoshika, great shots, as always! Really like how you identify what we are viewing!! Thanks for posting!
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Old 04-20-2009, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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These aren't NETN pix, but I did snap some of Asheville when I was there over the weekend. A lot of you guys relocating to the Tri-Cities will probably find yourselves in Asheville at one point or another, so I thought I'd share.

Asheville has a city population of roughly the same size as Johnson City, but the metro is much bigger and the (cultural) demographics are hugely different. Its downtown is very active and should be a case study for all small and mid-sized cities looking to revitalize.

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Just click on the Asheville folder. Several of the pictures are of the drum circle that was going on (Fri. night). I didn't get too many pictures of that as I was busy joining in the fun. No drum, of course, but my feet felt the beat!

A few are of Haywood and Lexington (the Malaprops/Downtown Books and News area) and a few over by the Arcade.
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