Landry assigned each of his class members the project of producing, shooting, and editing a 3-minute video clip promoting the many wonderful things there are to do in, and around
The idea is that these clips will run “on loop” at a kiosk in the lobby of the Princess Theater once it is opened. The Princess will become a TDOT Trailhead Exhibit location. These looped videos will show the visitors to the Princess, some of the most important and exciting “things to do” in our area.
Doug, David, and I arrived at the
Before we knew it, we were parked at the
Even though the area was still dressed in winter clothes, there were hints of little red buds on the tips of spring’s flowering trees. The blue sky contrasting with the mid-green of the
It’s as the promotional material states…wild and scenic! Each season will naturally give it a different look, but even the browns of winter are breath taking. As the suns moves across the sky, the view offers a different look with each passing hour. To me, these vistas always make me feel closer to my god, and proud to be an American and a Tennessean. It’s wild, it’s free, and it belongs to me!
We left the bridge and the valley floor and traveled several hundred feet higher to the Lilly Bluff Overlook. As soon as we stepped out on the overlook boardwalk, we were greeted by the local buzzards, flying just a few feet higher than the overlook. It was a wonderful prelude to the breathtaking view you can get from that lofty height!
Each of us took up and later exchanged positions around the overlook, standing there for longer than required to shoot the needed footage or take the desired photograph, but it was just too beautiful to not look at it longer with the naked eye. As you can see, I was in full awe of what I was seeing, and I sat there a long while just trying to burn the image into my brain for some raining day down the road.
We made our way back to Wartburg for a quick lunch and then pushed on back down into the
Clear Creek runs into the
At the Nemo Access, you will find a modern new bridge (the William Harry Kries Memorial Bridge) on which to cross the
There used to be a nice leaning tree, equipped with wooden cross pieces nail up its trunk, from which you could cannonball into the cold waters of the Emory, but alas, someone has chain sawed it down! The resulting cut, with most of the weight hanging heavily toward the water, caused, what is known in the logging industry, as a “barber chair”! This type of splitting can be deadly, so it’s unknown what happened, if anything, to the person who took it upon themselves to cut the tree down.
Following the sound of the water around the sandy shore, you will eventually come to the “Nemo Rapids”. The Emory takes a dramatic left turn just below the bridge and heads straight into a rock wall. This steep rocky bluff forces the Emory to then turn back south and head on toward
It all made for a wonderful day in the sun under a blue sky with good friends. You should go up there one day and just see what God hath made!
You can find more photos of this trip by clicking HERE!
There are many people like them working hard behind the scenes to see that the dream comes true. This class, and these students, is just a few of these people. They are setting the ground work for the future!