Signs of Change Across America – August 2021

After an entire lifetime of living in the east, life has dealt us a curveball, resulting in us relocating from Ohio to Arizona. We took the opportunity to take a bit extra time during the 2000 mile move to stop and see a few sights along the way. Some of the more extended stops will have their own posting.

Let’s start by leaving Columbus

Time to head west.

First state – Kentucky

Our first stretch break was south of Louisville at Bernheim Arboretum. In addition to the natural scenery there were many sculptures.

After a very long drive across much of Kentucky, we reached the Tennessee border in the far northwestern corner of the state.

It was on to Memphis for the night. We saw enough sights in our brief visit to Memphis to warrant it’s own posting.

The next day started with a drive across the Mississippi River into Arkansas

After extended stops in Little Rock and Hot Springs (postings follow this one), we found ourselves near the small town of Murfreesboro at the Crater of Diamonds State Park. This park is known for being an open diamond ‘mine’ where you pay $10 and are welcome to go dig around for diamonds.

The park has a sign detailing recent and records finds – each day someone find small diamonds, and every once in a while a big find is made.

We did not strike it rich so we continued west, passing Texarkana, which as the name suggests is on the Texas/Arkansas border.

Our last brief stop of the day was in Sulphur Springs, Texas. Their very nice courthouse square has a public restroom with one way mirrors, so you can ‘take care of business’ while watching the world go by ūüôā

A couple more hours lead to a great sunset while arriving in Dallas.

The next morning started out across West Texas, passing the town of Cisco (must be where they got the name of the company)

Our first extended stop of the day was in Abilene (posting to follow).

Texans are very proud of their home.

The drive across Texas continued, passing wind turbines then oil derricks.

After 575 mile we were through Texas (or so we though…), arriving in Hobbs, New Mexico.

Eastern New Mexico was still oil country but it quickly transitioned to the mountains. The peak of our trip was in Cloudcroft, New Mexico.

After dropping more than 4000 feet we arrived in Alamogordo, home to White Sands National Park (individual posting later).

The plan was to drive the 70 miles to Las Cruces for the night but there was a landslide, resulting in a detour adding an addition 50 miles, resulting us ending up back in Texas (briefly) again.

Eventually we made it to Las Cruces, and the next morning started on the literal home stretch.

After 2000 miles we have reached our new home state! With this move we have a fantastic opportunity for new sights and experiences, so stay tuned….

Virtual Travel – Tennessee

Welcome to Tennessee.

 

 

State Capital & History

1958     1974     1977     1978     1993     2008     2015     2017

 

 

Nashville is the state capital, with the capitol building dating from 1859.

2015 09 26 279 Nashville TN

 

State Symbols – Tennessee is the ‘leader in the clubhouse’ with over 60 state symbols, including 10 state songs and 3 state trees. Among the most unusual are:

State Cowboy Poet Laureate – David Nelson. A 16 paragraph resolution has identified David ‘Buffalo Bill’ Nelson, a humorist and performer the State Cowboy Poet Laureate.

David Buffalo Bill Nelson

 

The State Bicentennial Rap Song.

TENNE-, TENNE-, TENNES-SEE!
Oh, how proud we are of thee!
Volunteer State since 1812 –
Glad our fathers picked here to dwell!
Presidents, Presidents – proud are we!
Jackson, Polk, and Johnson – three!
Crockett, Forrest, and John Sevier;
Alvin York and Hull lived here!
Baker, Gores, and Kefauver,
Served our country with honor!
U.T., Memphis and Vandy U.,
Tennessee Tech and Sewanee, too!
Appalachian Mountains, mountains high –
Reaching up in the smoky sky!
Tennessee River, flowing through –
We will cross near the Choo Choo!
Dollywood and Walking Horse Show!
Opryland and the Opry Show!
Whisky, whisky – sipping smooth –
Moon, Moon Pies and Goo Goo Goos!
Reelfoot Lake and cotton fields,
Natchez Trace and Civil War fields!
Mocking birds and raccoons grow,
And tulip poplars and iris show!
Bessie Smith and Memphis blues –
W.C. Handy and Elvis, too!
Eastman, Oak Ridge, and TVA –
Nissan, Saturn, and Country Music pay!
Chickasaw, Sequoyah, and Cherokee –
Cumberland Plateau and Mississippi!
BIRTHDAY WISHES ON 200 YEARS –
GIVE TENNESSEE A BIG, BIG CHEER!

 

 

 

As most people know Nashville is the center of country music,, with many tributes and landmarks around the city celebrating this history.

 

 

Memphis – Tennessee’s largest city, and one of the home of the Blues.¬† (All Memphis photos from the internet)

Relay Memphis

7 Surprising Stops Between Memphis and Franklin | Franklin, Tennessee

Memphis Hotels, Events, & Attractions | Visit Memphis, TN     Memphis travel | USA - Lonely Planet

 

Graceland – Elvis’s home.

Ticket Information | Graceland

 

 

 

 

Bridges & Bi-ways

1972 РReelfoot Lake     1988     1993     2001 РTN Highway 96 Double Arch Bridge РNatchez Trace Parkway     2002 РNashville Speedway and Stones River

 

 

Travelling about the Tennessee countryside reveals some unique and quirky sights.

 

 

Lane Motor Museum in Nashville has a great collection of micro cars.

 

 

 

Beech Aircraft Museum in Tullahoma has a fantastic collection of aircraft.

 

 

 

Mountain Roads

1979     1981 РLookout Mountain     1993     1994     1995 РGreay Creek Bridge on State Route 40 Polk County     2000     2003

 

 

Central Tennessee is home to numerous waterfalls.

 

 

Great Smokey Mountains National Park. Home to some of the tallest mountains in the east, this park was dedicated in 1940. It was created in response to the clear cut logging that was occurring, destroying the area. (Photos from Pintrest)

Great Smoky Mountains National Park to reopen, but not all of it

List of areas to open in Great Smoky Mountain National Park announced

Best Camping in and Near Great Smoky Mountains National Park

 

 

 

Flowery Tennessee

1985     1989     1999 РFirst Lady Promoting Wildflowers along Freeways     2000 РCerobala Skyway     2005     2007 РTennessee State Flower     2011     2013

 

The Tennessee State Flower – the Iris. (photos from internet)

Tennessee State Cultivated Flower | Iris

 

Tennessee Interstate Conservancy

 

 

Nashville’s Cheekwood Botanical Gardens (photos from Pintrest)

Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Art Museum Tour - Waterfront ...

Cheekwood Estate & Gardens in Nashville

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Roane Mountain near Asheville is home to the largest Rhododendron Garden in the world. (photos from Pintrest)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roan Mountain Rhododendrons - Mountain Vista Pano - Advanced Fine Art

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