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Pinnacle Rock

Posted October 9th, 2007 by Jeff.
I shot this panorama atop a mountain near where I grew up, near Abingdon, VA. Beautiful view.

Posted in Camping, Panorama, Photo of the Day.
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Pinnacle Rock

Real Writer Spider

Posted October 6th, 2007 by Jeff.
Can you tell I have a thing for spiders? I like taking shots of anything up close, especially when it involves one of the most evolved lifeforms this planet has ever seen—spiders.

Posted in Photo of the Day, Wildlife.
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Real Writer Spider

Rhythm & Roots 2007

Posted October 3rd, 2007 by Jeff.
The area I live in is rich in history. Bristol, VA/TN is considered the "birthplace of country music", and is the town I live in. Bristol has a yearly festival called Rhythm & Roots Reunion. I only had time the weekend of R&R (my birthday weekend as well) to catch two shows, but I caught acts I've grown to really appreciate over the last several months.



The Avett Brothers - An awesome mix of alternative rock, bluegrass, and country. If you like Violent Femmes or any of those genres, check them out.











Ras Alan - This guy is amazing. He calls his music "Appalachian Reggae." I think this is an accurate description. As he played his acoustic guitar solo, I was allowed to walk anywhere, right up to him if I wanted. Amazing performance.

Posted in Live Music.
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The Avett Brothers

The Avett Brothers

Ras Alan

Ras Alan


“Writer” Spider

Posted October 2nd, 2007 by Jeff.
Okay, so this isn't a Writer Spider. I'm not sure what kind of spider it is, but its existence at my friend's house was only tolerated because his wife saw this spider's web and his brother's web on the opposite side of the front porch and mistook their identities. She dislikes spiders but can tolerate Writer Spiders, lucky for them.
I was a little awed by the detail I was able to capture here. If you notice, he is busy weaving his web.

Posted in Photo of the Day, Wildlife.
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“Writer” Spider

The Devil’s Bathtub

Posted October 2nd, 2007 by Jeff.
The Devil's Bathtub is a cool natural rock formation located near Fort Blackmore, Virginia. It is connected to a swimming hole, and looks like a bathtub. Devil's Fork Creek flows down a rock chute into the 'tub. The water here was about 10-12 feet deep and crystal clear to the bottom, though we probably visited at the worst possible time (back in July). Our area has been experiencing a severe drought this summer, and Devil's Fork Creek is certainly suffering from it. A local camper told me the creek was down two feet, and I don't doubt it at all.
The hike crosses the creek a few times, but what we crossed was mostly dried up, and we hardly ever had to avoid water. We wondered if the bathtub would be dried up or too low to enjoy, but it was cool despite the creek being so low. I really should come back when the flow is better, though.
On the plus side, if the water were up, I probably would not have gotten to snap any shots of this guy:
He was huge, but this pic makes him look huger. I would estimate his diameter, with legs, would have been 5-6 inches.
Directions:
Google Map
This place proved to be a little tricky for me to find. In order to get least lost, I would use the Google directions until I got to route 72, and then follow directions found on swimmingholes.info:
"From the intersection of Rt 65 and Rt 72 at Fort Blackmore, follow RT 619 north (past Rt 653) about five miles to the intersection of Rt 619 and Rt 657. (There is an apparent swimming hole and rope swing at this bridge - but may be on private land.) Go left on RT 619 over a small bridge.
[...] from [here], continue on RT 619 for about another 0.4 miles, and turn left onto a narrow gravel road [...] beside a white house with a chain link fence. [There is a garage and then an outhouse on your left.] Follow this (very rutted gravel) road for less than .5 mile, keeping right when the road forks. (If, instead, you go left at the first fork, there is an apparent swimming hole just past the barricade at the end of this short road.) You will come to a dead end at a circular parking area.
Park here and, to find the trail, go up the wooden stairs (yes, stairs!) out of the circular parking area onto a forest road (there is a gate blocking this road.) This is Devil's Fork Trail. Follow it and, after about 0.25 miles, this road crosses the creek [...]"

Right after the creek, there is a yellow-blazed trail that goes left into the woods; follow it. Shortly you'll see a fork, which you'll stay left at. You will come to another creek; follow the blazes along it. It is about 1.5 miles of pretty easy hiking. It's a shame, but it looks like the forestry service has done very little to maintain the trail recently, with the yellow blazes occurring much less frequently than most other trails I've seen, and some of them faded. Just be alert and keep an eye out for the blazes and you will find the tub.

Posted in Photo of the Day, Wildlife.
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The Devil’s Bathtub
The Devil’s Bathtub

Nice Spot at Indian Grave Gap, Unaka Mountain

Posted October 2nd, 2007 by Jeff.
This was a pretty hike.

Posted in Appalachian Trail, Photo of the Day.
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Nice Spot at Indian Grave Gap, Unaka Mountain

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