This photograph features a puzzle which I was recently working on with family members. Puzzles can be fun and, at times, frustrating – and this rather complicated image certainly provided a challenge!
I created this Glass Watch design several years ago, using modified aspects from photographs of old glass bottles. If you think that you might enjoy this puzzle, it’s available in my Zazzle shop – measuring 11″ x 14″, it contains 252 pieces.
Hiking the ‘blue trail’ of House Mountain in Knoxville, Tennessee, I encountered several quite steep, challenging areas – case in point. Please check out my gallery at Fine Art America for more. Thanks.
House Mountain is located in Corryton, Tennessee, just 10 miles northeast of Knoxville, and, at 2,110 feet above sea level, it’s the highest elevation in Knox County. The actual mountain stands 1,000 feet above the surrounding valley floor, with a few different trails available for hikers to select. I chose the Mountain Trail (blue trail), which is 1 mile long.
The following photographs are available as prints in my gallery at Fine Art America, and provide a fair representation (in sequence) of the challenging terrain along the trail.
Despite a strenuous climb lasting for approximately 1 hour until I reached the 1-mile marker on the trail, the views along the way were wonderful! Huge boulders were strewn along the mountainside and, looking up, it sometimes appeared to be impossibly steep, where the mountain seemed to be leaning uncomfortably forward – a dizzying view!
The Crest Trail sign shown above reads as follows –
The Crest Trail traverses the top of the mountain and is 1.5-miles long from overlook to overlook, winding along the top of the ridge partly on public and partly on private land. At each end of the Crest Trail you can enjoy a splendid view. The approach to the East End Overlook winds through many large boulders. The East End Overlook provides a view of Clinch Mountain, the parent of House Mountain, and the ridge and valley toward Blaine and Rutledge. The West End Overlook provides a great view of Knoxville, the Great Smoky Mountains, and the Cumberland Mountains out toward Oak Ridge.
I first headed toward the West Overlook, took in the sights and then returned. Next, I hiked to the East Overlook – which, in my opinion and despite the aforementioned accolades, is a much more scenic & preferred location – before descending the Mountain Trail (blue trail) back to the car. Altogether, it was a 5-mile hike at a level of exertion certain to leave me sore by morning!
The hike was a slow process, with matters of proper footing a real concern along the way. Steep drops in close proximity to the trail were a good reminder to always remain cautious. Rocks and roots served as steps in many areas, and wet spots from a few different springs were observed. In a few instances, trails diverted to skirt around large fallen trees, though most of the hiking was ‘obstacle-free’.
In the days ahead, I’ll provide more photographs from this outing – so, stay tuned…
UPDATE: Additional links regarding House Mountain in Knoxville, TN –
With 252 pieces, this 11″ by 14″ disc golf puzzle will be both challenging and fun! Made of sturdy cardboard and mounted on chipboard, it’s printed in vivid and full color on an easy wipe-clean surface. Includes beautiful gift box with puzzle image printed on lid – for hours of puzzle enjoyment!
With 110 pieces, this jigsaw puzzle measures 8″ by 10″, has a gift box (puzzle image printed on lid) and is made of sturdy cardboard and mounted on chipboard. It also has an easy wipe-clean surface. Accept the challenge and have fun completing this fun design…