Once again, the weather promised a beautiful day so we had in mind to visit some of the scenic spots in the area, and Carolyn was keen that we should visit Bays Mountain which is a public park in the city of Kingsport near to where Carolyn lives in Blountville (pronounced, I was tutored, as ‘Blunt-vul’).
Bays Mountain contains a large reservoir called Bays Lake and it turned out to be a fruitful source of photographs and videos for our collection.
And here’s a “being there” relaxation video which I took:
There is a Wildlife Center at Bays Mountain City Park containing exhibits of indigenous snakes and lizards, otters and wolves. Here’s a video I took of the pack of wolves in their large enclosure:
After that we drove to Jonesborough which is the oldest town on Tennessee.
Jonesborough is the Storytelling Capital of the World and the home of the International Storytelling Center where we spent some time looking at storytelling books and history.
We also took some photos of the town which has changed little over the centuries.
Today, Jonesborough draws a good deal of tourism because of its historical status as Tennessee’s oldest town and its significant historic preservation efforts. The town’s museum describes the local heritage of tobacco farming. The historic Chester Inn, built in 1797, still stands in downtown Jonesborough. The Jonesborough Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1969. The oldest surviving building, the Christopher Taylor House (built in 1777 about a mile outside of the original town limits), was relocated to a lot within the historic district.
Leaving Jonesborough, we went searching for some country parks where we might find some creeks, rivers, waterfalls or other nature scenes for us to photograph and/or video.
Buffalo Mountain provided us with some studies in light through the trees:
Then we rounded off the day with a delicious meal at a Mexican Restaurant in Blountville. Altogether, a very good day enjoyed with Carolyn.
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