3 November 2013; On our venture to see the fall colors, our journey took us into Tennessee and to the Ocoee Whitewater Center. This site was the venue for the 1996 Summer Olympics canoe slalom. The Olympic race course was built in the dry riverbed of the Upper Ocoee River. The river was narrowed by two-thirds, and natural boulders were moved and cemented into place to create the drops and eddies needed for a slalom course. It is the only in-river course to be used for Olympic slalom competition. Continue reading Ocoee Whitewater Center
Finding places like this and exploring them can be fascinating and sometimes a bit eerie….
Sope or Soap Creek was an industrious little area in the middle 1800’s. Near intersection of Paper Mill Road and Sope Creek are several old industrial ruins. These ruins used to be the center of an industrial center based on the waterpower that the creek produced. During the period from 1850 to 1940, a paper mill, twine plant, flour mill and hydroelectric power plant occupied an area about one mile long. At one time a wooden covered bridge spanned the creek here, but was lost on March 29, 1964 when it burned to the ground leaving behind only the steel shanks and masonry.
Working in Ohio for a week, I came across some things I did not expect to see or actually knew where there. The birthplace General William Tecumseh Sherman was one of those things. We did not go inside, it was early in the morning and not open yet. (June 29, 2013)
“There are no bad pictures; that’s just how your face looks sometimes.”
― Abraham Lincoln