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Obed National Wild and Scenic River TN

September 7, 2017

Labor Day Weekend 2017

9/2 – Saturday, toured the Franklin Farmers Market (TN) with Peter and Heather

and experienced our first “Cronut” at Five Daughters Bakery. A Cronut is a hybrid of a croissant and a donut. Once cooked, the 100-layer donut is rolled in sugar and topped with a glaze.

Watched football until five and then headed for Arrington Winery.

Peter and Heather treated us to a flight of four wines and then dinner in a basket with a bottle of Riesling

We sat at the corner table on the patio of the “high” tasting room overlooking the vineyards with a Jazz band playing below.

Afterward, we stopped by the Bluegrass venue at the winery.

Globe Tree on a beautiful evening. Unfortunately, I believe I lost my new sunglasses there when they likely fell out of my shirt.

9/3 – Sunday, went to the park and walked about a mile with the “girls,” Cookie and Osa. Went to the pool in the afternoon and then enjoyed burgers, brats and dogs from Peter’s grill. Played two games of Farkle, Aces to Kings and Four-Person Solitaire. Each of us won one game!

9/4 – Labor Day, it was a 2.5-hour drive from Franklin to Obed National Wild & Scenic River TN.

Helen and I walked to the Lilly Bluff Overlook of Clear Creek Canyon (0.3-mile one way) where we took some pics and had lunch. I then took the Point Trail (about 4 miles roundtrip)

There is good paddling here, Class II to Class IV, but the only time the rivers are full enough for paddling is between December and April. There is also good rock climbing on the sandstone bluffs.

The trail ends at the top of a bluff with a nice view, however, you cannot see the confluence of the Obed River and Clear Creek below.

Stopped by the Obed NWSR Visitor Center in Wartburg for an excellent 15 min video on the park.

 

9/13 – President James A. Garfield National Memorial, Lake View Cemetery Cleveland OH. My favorite Garfield quote is “The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable.” This memorial is a little known “gem” even here in Ohio.

Mural depicting assassination in railroad station, Washington DC on July 2, 1881. He was sworn in as the 20th U.S. President on March 4th. He died of an infection caused by unsanitary treatment of his wounds on September 19, 1881. Therefore, he only had a few months in office. Vice President Chester A. Arthur succeeded Garfield as the 21st President of U.S.

Very impressive memorial completed in 1890

View of dome and balcony

View from balcony

Symbolic mosaics and stained-glass windows depicting Ohio and 13 original colonies

War and Peace

These are President Garfield’s and wife Lucretia’s original caskets in the basement of the memorial. The only presidential caskets on display anywhere.

View of downtown Cleveland from observation level on Garfield Memorial

 

 

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