Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Our Frugal Day In The Hills, Creeks, and Valleys:

Sometimes- you just can't stay inside, especially when these beautiful places are within 3 miles of your house!

I must say, they are not altogether easy to get to:
I mean, you have to walk on a teeny little footpath on the side of a mountain to get there:
And you have to climb over lots of rocks that have fallen from the mountain that you just climbed down:
And sometimes take a little rest:
But once you get back there:
You don't want to leave:
But- we did. We came home, had lunch, then left to go to the creek to collect firewood so we could have hot dogs around the fire pit after dark!
They wanted to try to build a raft while we were back there with limbs and fishing line:
While they did that, I decided to try to capture the jumping fish:
And Kellan played guitar:
But, the sun started sinking: it was time to go home.

Then we roasted our hot dogs, took our baths, and fell into our beds!

Psa 104:19  He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down.


The Prudent Homemaker said...

You really have so much there! My children have never seen anyplace like that--with trees--and running water.

It's so different from this dry, sparse desert.

Donna said...

I feel truly blessed! God is SO good to have given me this desire of my heart. I wanted my kids to experience hills, mountains, creeks, and nature; to recognize the beauty of God's creation, and He has given them that! It truly is a gift!

But I bet the desert has a few treasures of it's own too!

Joy said...

Beautiful place and wonderful for many great nature studies! We love doing the same! It's really nice you are able to go and explore is it private or public property?
Pictures are beautiful! I sure cant wait to see lots of green on the trees though can you? Did you all see any snakes? We did last week when we went exploring!

Donna said...

The pics "before lunch" are public property. They've turned Cummins Mill Falls into a state park now. Although it's still dangerous IMO, they have made a safer trail down to it.

Some say it's the most beautiful in TN. We weren't able to get all the way to it from the trail we took. The water was too deep to cross...and I'm not sure that I could bear the other path down.

This is the place where Keenan told you about. (People fall from here all the time. Several have died.)

The other pics were the private property. (Much safer there!)

We didn't see any snakes, but we heard the eagle! Perhaps he's eating them :)

The Prudent Homemaker said...

There are no trees where we live (not naturally; people have planted them at their homes); if you look out in the desert around us you will see blinging white dirt, and a few scrub brush here and there. It's not the Sahara but it is one of the driest deserts in the world. I need to take a picture and post it.

Donna said...

Do take some pics! WE would love to see what your area looks like!

You should do a virtual field trip link up on your blog for us home schoolers! You have readers from so many places- it'd make for great geography! :)