November '09 PB&J Adventures
A friend of Daddy's told him about Old Stone Fort State Park, a very very cool place about an hour South of Nashville, Tennessee. It is the site of a 2000 year-old Woodland Indian ceremonial site. What is amazing is the fact that the 50 acre perfectly flat hilltop is almost completely surrounded by a rock and dirt wall. Where there is no wall, cliffs and rivers protect the area. As with one of our favorite places, Fort Mountain State Park, the first non-natives to visit the area assumed the enclosure was a fort, and understandably so. Although no one ever actually lived on the site, it was constructed, maintained, and used for a period of around 400 years. The wall contains no rocks over 70 pounds, in other words, nothing placed in the wall was heavier than a single person could lift and carry. There is a very nice museum on-site that describes the archaeological processes and findings very clearly, including a time tunnel that demonstrates what was happening elsewhere on Earth at simultaneous times related to the building of this old ceremonial ground. Although some of the Tribe didn't think they wanted to hike, the 1.2 mile hike was very easy with lots of neat things to see. By the end of the loop, everyone wanted to go around again, but it was time for lunch. After lunch, we played around the campground, then drove about 20 minutes to Morrison Tennessee for some unusual fun that Daddy thought we'd all love, a MONSTER TRUCK RIDE (scroll down).
The campground: The campground at Old Stone Fort is accessed by crossing an old-fashioned truss bridge that, at first sight, seems too small to fit or/support a large RV. Daddy was assured that the Tribe's Homer II would fit through the ironworks, and it did. Camping is just $17 a night ($14 for TN seniors), but don't expect any full hookups or pull-throughs. All sites are back in but most are pretty big and very level. There is water and electricity, but we were unable to get any television reception, which was just fine.
Side Adventure - Monster Truck Ride
After our hike and lunch on Saturday, Daddy and Mommy took us to "Cobra Monster Truck Rides" in Morrison, Tennessee (931-635-3123). The initial interest was mixed until we got there and saw the truck. Suddenly all the Tribe wanted to ride. At first we thought it would be just a short ride, but it seemed Mr. White (owner and driver) was having as much fun as us. He'd look back to see if we were smiling, and he'd grin ear to ear. We drove over old cars, through mud, went fast, went slow, went up, went down, every which way. Everyone had a blast and wanted to do it more. The cost was a very reasonable $30.00 for all six Tribe members (multi-passenger discount). The regular cost is $6.00 per rider. The pictures tell the story. Sorry about the blurred pictures. It's hard to focus when you're laughing and screaming simultaneously.
13 thru 15, 2009 -
Fort Mountain State Park -
While at the park, we hiked around the
lake, casting our fishing lines in from place to place. We played ladder
ball and Frisbee golf, build a little bridge over the stream behind the
camper, and found lots of insects hiding in old trees. We sat by the
fire and talked until we all got a little chilly.
November 08, 2009 -
Yellow River Game Ranch -
November 07, 2009 -
Lula Lake Land Trust - Lookout Mountain, Georgia
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