It was a great day hiking House Mountain, and I certainly would recommend this as a day-trip for anyone in the area wishing to enjoy the great outdoors! Bring the proper clothing, water and camera – and prepare to rest along the way to fully enjoy the scenery. And, expect to be sore the next day!
Following 4 miles of hiking up the Mountain Trail (blue trail) and back-and-forth along the Crest Trail, I began the 1-mile decent down the mountain. Here are some photographs I took along the way…
It’s difficult to see, but if you look closely at Photograph 3 & Photograph 4, you’ll observe that the trail turns abruptly at times, usually associated with steep, rocky terrain. In a few instances, I had to pack my camera in order to free both hands for a safe descent around such turns on the trail. So, be careful!
Visiting House Mountain –
If you’d like to review my collection of House Mountain photographs as prints, then stop by my gallery at Fine Art America to have a look around! Thanks.
I plan to return to the mountain for another hike, probably along a different (red) trail…so, see you then!
I recently visited Mead’s Quarry Lake, part of the Ijams Nature Center, a 315-acre park along the Tennessee River in Knoxville, where I hiked various trails for a few hours. One of my favorites was the Ross Marble Quarry Loop, which included the Keyhole. A sign along the trail read:
If you take the time to look around, you will find large blocks of limestone strewn about this abandoned quarry pit and the wall that surrounds the Keyhole. Operations began in the early 1900s on the property originally known as the John M. Ross Quarry. The quarrying involved removing overburden, drilling the marble to form large blocks, prying the blocks from the rock face, lifting them using derricks and cables and transporting them out for cutting and polishing elsewhere.
Additional information included the following:
Mead’s Quarry Rail Line. FYI Railcars moved the large marble blocks to the nearby Tennessee River along rail spurs via adjacent Mead’s Quarry. During the 1920s, operations shifted to the Williams Lime Manufacturing Company, which is an indication that the large-scale marble extraction had tapered off.
When I came across the area called the Keyhole, I looked down to see a pathway leading to two sets of stairs. Recent rains had left the ground damp and the clay-mud dangerously slick. And, with moss growing everywhere, I decided to proceed with caution.
Winding my way across ledges, over rocks and around puddles, I could finally see the Keyhole at the base of a 40′ wall of stacked rocks. It was an impressive sight to be sure, no small undertaking.
Standing at the entrance, I felt small among the many massive boulders. The passageway itself was probably 7′ from floor to ceiling, a scale not apparent in these pictures.
On the other side, I encountered Sasquatch! Just kidding, but there were surprises around every corner. I was greeted by the sun brightening the surrounding landscape, and I descended a series of steps toward the bottom of the quarry.
Standing in the middle of the forest while surrounded by walls made of large blocks of limestone was certainly an unusual and interesting way to spend the afternoon. And I wasn’t alone, either, meeting several people who were also visiting the area for their first time. Which brings me to my advice – if you have time, the weather is decent and you’re in the area, I suspect you’ll enjoy hiking this quarry!
I’d also recommend hiking the Haworth Hollow trail – more on that another time…
Enjoy the winter season all year long with a print of this forest trail. This photograph was taken in Ann Arbor, Michigan, along the Huron River at Island Drive Park. See more in my gallery at Fine Art America.
Based on a photograph, this textured, digital painting of three women walking in town is available in my gallery at Fine Art America. Discover a wide array of interesting print types to decorate a wall in your home or office – select framed, canvas, art, wood, metal or acrylic. Thanks for visiting!
Based on a photograph from unsplash.com, this digital artwork features a woman walking in winter surroundings. I’ve added it to my gallery at Fine Art America, where a wide variety of customizable print options are available – such as: framed, canvas, art, wood, metal and acrylic. Stop by for a visit to see more…
This digital artwork is based on a photograph, featuring people in the city walking with umbrellas in rain during evening hours. It would be a great addition to a wall in your home, work office, lobby or cafeteria. Guests are welcome to visit my gallery at Fine Art America to discover several print types available.
Enjoy my digital rendition of people walking through an alley strewn with loose wires overhead and debris scattered along the pavement. Based on a photograph. Pick up a print from my gallery at Fine Art America – select framed, canvas, art, metal, wood or acrylic. Additional customization options available. Thanks for stopping by!
A digital painting based on a photograph that features a man crossing the street in a city, on a rainy day under an umbrella. This picture in a frame would look great in your office or home setting. So, stop by my gallery at Fine Art America to select from a variety of print types, such as: framed, canvas, art, metal, acrylic and wood. Several customization options are available to make it your own!
Enjoy this digital artwork featuring a city street crowded with many people walking in both directions. I’ve added this image to my gallery at Fine Art America, where you can find a variety of print types – framed, canvas, art, metal, wood and acrylic. Additional customization options are also available. This would make a great addition in an office, lobby or cafeteria setting. Thanks for stopping by!
This digital painting is based on a photograph and features several people walking downtown along a busy sidewalk. I’ve uploaded it to my gallery at Fine Art America, where guests may discover several different available print types. Perfect as a decorative piece on a wall in your home, or at the office. So, check it out…
Enjoy this digital artwork, featuring a group of people walking home after a long day at work. Based on a photograph. Available in my galleries at Redbubble and Fine Art America. If you’ve got an empty wall at home, then consider filling the space with this aesthetic piece!
Available in three distinct sizes, this walking elephant wall tapestry is made of 100% lightweight polyester with hand-sewn finished edges and is durable enough for both indoor and outdoor use. If you’re looking to decorate the walls of your home or dormitory room, look no further…enjoy!
Enjoy this tote bag featuring my silhouette rendition of an elephant, giraffe and rhinoceros, walking across a dusty flatland with a hot sun shining in the distance. Printed on both sides with a 1″ wide super strong cotton shoulder strap (14″ length). Two sizes available. Makes a great gift!
Enjoy this framed print featuring my creative black and white rendition of a character walking at night in the moonlight. This original design is also available on several other items, including: other print substrates, shower curtains, tote bags, duvet covers, t-shirts, cell phone cases and greeting cards. Enjoy!