Rusty Crow Primitives

Friday, May 30, 2014

Laurel Falls, Dayton, TN

 Mr. knows how I love waterfalls and hiking creek beds (he hikes with a group on Wednesdays and he knew I would love this one) He said "This will be a hike with some beautiful views.  You will begin walking alongside a river with a multitude of large boulders then the trail splits and we proceed to Laurel Falls. 

The trail to Laurel Falls follows Richland Creek upstream.  It starts out flat and level as it follows an old road left over from the coal mining days. As you follow the creek bed you will see an old coal mining cave.

The mining cave entrance.  If you like you can peak inside. (Personally, being spring and all, I'm pretty sure there are new babies in the wild....I was not looking to run face to face with mama bear so I didn't go much further than the entrance) 

We have had some rain but the creek was not impassable but the sites along the trail are so beautiful. Water flowing from the side of the mountain.

Mountain Laurel
 After about a mile, the trail climbs a bit and becomes much narrower. Normally you would take the bridge across Laurel Creek. Well not today,  the bridge was impassable due to more than one fallen tree so we crossed the creek-bed stepping over a cleverly engineered  bridge made from  fallen trees. Great for the sure footed, but those who know me know I can fall down in the yard all by myself. LOL  So here I go. I made it!  


After crossing the bridge we engaged in an uphill climb  with several switchbacks climbing to the base of Laurel Falls. There is one section of the trail that involves climbing through some boulders that will have a cave-like feel as you will have to hunch over.  It is very short, but there is no way around the obstacle.  So in I go, I was 3rd or 4th. (I just wanted the first few to flush out the snakes for me.) 

Laurel Falls has an 80' drop, so is quite spectacular. I was unable to capture the full falls as you can see there are so many boulders to climb over.

           Laurel Falls, not much water this time coming over the falls but such a beautiful place to sit and take a break.

Okay, it is time to continue to Bryan Overlook (also known as Raven Point). They tell me it is difficult but if I want to stay here I can. It is really rocky on the way up but so worth the trip to the overlook if I think I can do it. Okay, whats another mile or two, it is so beautiful today. (Did I mention the natural area also has scenic steep gorges?) I put on my pack and  take my first step; my left foot is wedged between two rocks. I step with my right foot to pull my left foot out of the rock and headfirst I go. Mr. is yelling SIT, SIT, SIT DOWN!! Well that is hard to do when your already going forward but I squat. (close enough to a "sit" I guess when your legs are crossed in Indian style and your headfirst into a gorge . I hear gasps and I'm thinking what the heck., no broken bones and I just missed seeing where all the water goes from Laurel Falls. Good save!!

Getting up to Bryan Overlook can be tough, but it is not too hard, so if you have the strength, do it!

No, Mr. didn't know I took this one until we got home. I wont fall!! (famous last words)

It was a chore to get him to stand here for the picture, he will not go out on any overlook. Such a beautiful day. I love these Tennessee Mountains and spending time with Mr. (Poor guy, he can hike 8 miles without a single health problem and I'll be the one to give him a heart attack on the trail) Okay, time to go back down the mountain. I'll let him go ahead of me, just in case I fall down again.... LOL 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Where did May go?

Wow, I have been away for a while haven't I? We have had so many things going on at one time; instead of things slowing down they are increasing in speed but the finish line is in sight. Construction is always a project in itself but the windows will be in soon for the sunroom and the decking will be completed so the screened in porch is on its way to completion also. The sun-room will be such a welcome addition not to mention the storm shelter underneath the sunroom.

 I have so many new and exciting wall quilts and table runners in mind. I cant wait to get started. I found 2  new books I fell in love with and one magazine. I purchased the Journey to Jericho book because Kay England will be visiting our guild this fall; what an awesome treat to those in the Cumberland County Piecemakers Quilt Guild. Look at those beautiful civil war blocks in "The Farmers Wife" book, I have been playing with fabric to make a special table runner AND just by accident I ran across the Primitive Quilts magazine and LOVE it. There are so many quilts and well known quilt artist featured in each magazine. I have so many beautiful things to come this season.

The spring flowers are in full bloom this year and I thoroughly  enjoyed my mornings in the garden. I moved my bench and door to a corner of the yard. I call it my secret garden.  I love the hemlock  as a backdrop, this tree is so old the branches sweep the ground and make a little niche for the bench and door. I planted some flowers around it and moved the azaleas from another area in the yard to this spot, maybe the deer won't come and sit by me and eat my azaleas.  I envision this as my secret place to read a book, drink a cup of tea or dream about new quilt ideas for this upcoming season.
As you can see, I love old doors and windows and I love them in my garden.

I spent time with friends shopping for Civil War Fabrics and boy did we find some!! 
 I have beautiful blues and golds, reds and cream and so many more to share with you through my shop on ETSY.

In fact, I took one of my own quilts to the quilter this week (the first time in 3 years!!) and  I will have it back in time for show and tell on Tuesday. I also have a quilt pattern for a king size quilt, made with civil war fabrics and each week on "Show and Tell Tuesday" I'll share with you a completed block  for this civil war quilt.  I wont disclose the pattern right now, as it will be a surprise for all of us including me if I get it done. LOL

Enjoy the day and find some time to walk the gardens. Mr. and I took an 8 mile hike to Laurel Falls yesterday. I'm sore but I did it!! More about that tomorrow.

Enjoy some of Mr.'s beautiful Iris!!