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Kayaking the Caney Fork River

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in All About the Charming Town of Sparta | 0 comments

Kayaking the Caney Fork River

The house was sprinkled with sleeping teenage boys that morning, on beds, couches, and the floor. I love it when they all come over. However, it was morning and I had a slew of things to do before I met my friend, Margaret Luna and her family for a day of kayaking. And the day was going to be perfect. Hot and sunny with little chance of rain. It was a day meant for indoors with a/c or outside in or near water. I had chosen outside near water. Unfortunately, the rest of my family was otherwise engaged. Bill had a meeting with a new client about building a new home in Sparta, Cade (my 17 year old) had plans with his friends, and I thought Cole (my 16 year old) was going along with Cade and his buddies. So it was just me…

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Virgin Falls – Another Great Reason to Buy a New Home in Sparta

Posted by on May 23, 2010 in All About the Charming Town of Sparta | Comments Off on Virgin Falls – Another Great Reason to Buy a New Home in Sparta

Virgin Falls – Another Great Reason to Buy a New Home in Sparta

We finally found a day that both my sister and I, and our kids were free.  When the blessed day came, we made our escape up Bon Air Mountain, down Eastland Road, and into the Virgin Falls Pocket Wilderness.  My husband, Bill, even cleared his schedule to go with us.  Even though my sister and her 2 children had never been to Virgin Falls, this was a favorite hike of Bill’s and mine.  When we were dating, I made the trek back to the falls with a couple of friends of mine and carved mine and Bill’s initials in a tree which stands near the falls.  (At that age, the health of the tree was not my priority.  I have matured since!) One year when we were still young and married with 2 small children and no money, we hiked to the last falls (This is our special name for the last falls you come to before the trail takes you away from the water and leads you on to Virgin Falls.) and camped on our anniversary.  Another time when we first moved back to Sparta, we took some friends of ours on the hike but had to turn back after going less than half way because one of them just couldn’t make it.  (It is quite a hike, but you mustn’t stop before reaching the falls.  You simply must not.)  With that in mind, we took our boys when they were way little, maybe 4 and 5 years old, to the last falls to camp.  They made it fine and we had even entered too late in the day and had to really push to get to our campsite before dark.  I feel very guilty thinking back on how little they were!  They were troopers though.  We had to rummage for firewood with a flashlight.   Great memories.  The next morning we got up and hiked the rest of the way to the falls.  Cade, our eldest, drew a picture of our time there and I had it embroidered on a pillow.  I even had a special patch made for both Cade and Cole which I had sewn onto their hiking backpacks. At any rate, we were finally returning to Virgin Falls with Cade at age 13 and Cole at age 11.  My sister, Tamara, and her children, Drew (age 16), and Megan (age 13) were making the journey for the first time.  We started in with a cheerful heart and light steps.  The beginning of the hike is typical Middle Tennessee terrain – wooded with massive amounts of ferns, laurel, and various hardwoods .  At the first sight of water, we spotted a rapidly moving ball of fur and debated for the next 30 minutes on what it was.   We crisscrossed back and forth over the stream as it grew in size.  We saw an unidentifiable pink flowering tree. (It looked like a honeysuckle vine only it was a tree and it was pink?)  And then the water really began to flow.  They say there are 4 waterfalls on the way to Virgin Falls but I am not sure which ones they are counting because there are numerous aquatic drop-offs.  Obviously some are larger than others but the entire atmosphere of the hike at this point is nothing short of enchanting.  The trail runs with the water for over half of the total hike making it truly remarkable.   At the last falls (mine and Bill’s favorite campsite), we stopped for lunch.  The kids explored behind the waterfall into the cave as we sat on a blessed rock and...

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