The Making of Lutes

Downtown Hindman
Downtown Hindman

During our travels, which took us through Kentucky, we stopped in Hindman, a small town near the Eastern side of the state in the Appalachian Mountains.  It was after 6, but a sign said Appalachian Artisan Center and maybe we could find some unique trinket to bring home.

As we pulled into town, it was deserted with a spattering of traffic here and there.  It was dinner time and all the shops were closed as everyone had gone to their home in the hills.

We drove about a half a mile and saw a shop with dulcimers in the window and the lights were on.  After finding a place to turn around we went back and parked across the street.

Appalachian Artisan Center Wood Shop.
Appalachian Artisan Center Wood Shop.

The sign on the door said, “Appalachian Artisan Center Wood Shop, Open to the Public“.  So we went in.

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New River Gorge and Bridge

I have been to the New River Gorge and Bridge before, but this was my first venture into the gorge.  We went into the Gorge in three different places, at the Bridge, Nuttalburg and Thurmond.  I will be sharing photos of all these wonderful places as time allows.

He did a Peter Pan right here off this dam!

On our way back from West Virginia we drove through the Smokies on Route 129 rather than going over them between Gatlinburg and Cherokee.  We came across this dam and I was fairly certain it was from the movie “The Fugitive”, so I stopped and got a photo from the bridge.

Cheoah Dam, Robbinsville, North Carolina
Cheoah Dam, Robbinsville, North Carolina

It is in fact the same dam that Harrison Ford jumps off of in the movie, which is one of my all time favorites.  I visited the site of the Train Wreck from the movie a few years ago.  It is the Cheoah Dam and it was built in 1919.

Harrison Ford Getting Ready to Jump
Harrison Ford Getting Ready to Jump
Tommy Lee Jones
Tommy Lee Jones

Green Bank Radio Telescope

Sometimes you just drive 2 hours out of your way just to see it!!

The Green Bank Telescope in Green Bank West, Virginia is the largest fully steerable telescope in the world with parabolic dish covering 2.3 acres,  It stands 485 feet tall and has a 100-meter by 110-meter dish that requires 7,652 beams to support it on top of a nearly hemispherical tilting gear. It is also the world’s largest moveable land object

It’s true size is not apparent in the photo as it was taken from over a mile away.  You are allowed to get closer via a tour, however we were pressed for time.

Green Bank Radio Telescope
Green Bank Radio Telescope from a Mile Away