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Retirement adventure #1 – Dismal Falls

Well it’s been two months of retirement and I stay so busy.  Hubby and I have decided to try to make a point of taking a day trip alone at least once a month and I wanted to share our “1st Retirement Adventure” with you.  I packed a lunch and we loaded up the cameras and took off for natures beauty that surrounds us that I either had not seen or it had been a long time.  Our first trip was to Giles County and a little place called “Dismal Falls”.  I hope these photos express my awe at the beautiful little spot in the woods that is hidden just off Route 100 and on a forestry road.

Dismal Falls view from the top of the path leading from the road.

Dismal Falls view from the top of the path leading from the road.

Sign beside the forestry road.

Sign beside the forestry road.

There was a large variety of wild mushrooms on the path including these which we call woodfish. We gather these in the fall, flour and fry them up. DELICIOUS!

There was a large variety of wild mushrooms on the path including these which we call woodfish. We gather these in the fall, flour and fry them up. DELICIOUS!

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Path we used to get down to the falls.

Path we used to get down to the falls.

Beautiful open forest leading to the falls.

Beautiful open forest leading to the falls.

Eddie overlooking the falls and creek below.

Eddie overlooking the falls and creek below.

Eddie waiting on me to catch up because I was taking so many pictures.

Eddie waiting on me to catch up because I was taking so many pictures.

This overhang is used a lot by hikers and visitors. There was a fire pit under the rocks and easy to get under without banging your head.

This overhang is used a lot by hikers and visitors. There was a fire pit under the rocks and easy to get under without banging your head.

Rock steps leading down to the water and bottom of the falls.

Rock steps leading down to the water and bottom of the falls.

Firepit under the rocks.

Firepit under the rocks.

The following are views of the water leading to the falls, below the falls, and the falls.  The water is as clear as glass and icy cold.  Normally, this time of year there’s not a lot of water in the falls but because of the rains we’ve had all spring and summer they were beautiful.  We plan to go back when the weather is cold and the water may be frozen.  The falls are not really tall but they’re beautiful and a great outing for one day!!

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Dismal Falls view from the top of the path leading from the road.

Dismal Falls view from the top of the path leading from the road.

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After the visit to the falls we went up the forestry road and found a cool rest stop to have lunch of grilled chicken, cheese & crackers, and fresh fruit.  From there we took off through another road of Giles County called Sugar Run which ran through some awesome forest land and we found this fine creature crossing the road but don’t seem to be able to find out what type of moth he will turn into.  I’ve inserted a close up of him and one of him beside my husbands size 10 boot to give you an idea of how big it was.

It has two sets of red antennae.

It has two sets of red antennae.

It's about 1/2 " - 3/4" around.

It’s about 1/2 ” – 3/4″ around.

I've seen them, I think, about half this big but never really took a close look at them.

I’ve seen them, I think, about half this big but never really took a close look at them.

We also saw these structures as we were about to leave Sugar Run.

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Several deer, squirrels, a few turkeys and wild birds were seen but I got of picture of this one grazing along the road.

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And we passed an exotic farm and saw these along the road.

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It was such a fun and peaceful day spent together and not working until we were bone tired.  This is why we decided to take an adventure at least once a month.  I can’t wait to see what we do in September!!

 

Friday adventure with a hawk

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Friday afternoon I made a quick trip to town for dogfood and when I returned and was coming down my driveway I spotted something sitting in it.  At first I thought it was one of the wild rabbits that frequent there and the closer I got I realized it was a hawk.  Usually they’ll fly when you get close but this one did not.  It was beautiful, young and not afraid of my car at all.  This was very unusual and I stop right in front of it and got out to make sure it wasn’t injured.  When I went around the car, it flew up on a fence post beside the driveway and turned to watch me.  Still not afraid and me WITHOUT my camera.  I quickly got back in my car, went to the house and unloaded the feed and ran in the house and got my camera.  The whole time I was thinking that he won’t be there when I return.  Lo and behold, when I got back to the post he was still there.  I turned my vehicle around and got out of the car with my camera ready for some awesome pictures.  He let me take a couple and then all at once he bobbed his head toward me and flew down on my right shoulder.  I ducked down and he flew back on the post.    I didn’t know whether he wanted but I didn’t think he needed to be on my shoulder.  I took a couple more pictures and he started bobbing again and I decided it was time to get back in the car and leave him alone.  I’m pretty sure he was a very young hawk and may have just fledged from a nest in that maple tree.  I do know he was beautiful and very curious.  Here’s a couple more pictures I got before I left him to hunt.

Four feet away from a bird of prey

Beauty of Nature 2012

 

 

This other beauty was injured by flying into an electrical wire while diving for fish in our pond this spring.  His injuries took his life sometime during the night of the accident.  We call them fish hawks.

 

Fish hawk early summer 2012

 

This was a very big bird and had a three to four foot wing span.