Monday, December 15, 2014

Trail Tree near New Liberty

Our friend and colleague, David Pittman invited us over to his place this weekend to document a bent tree on his property near New Liberty. This area is in the corridor of the original Military Road traveled by the Benge Detachment on the Trail of Tears. We are told that there are several more trees on an adjacent property that are as large or larger than this example. The grindstone was found in the area as well along with other artifacts. We hope to get to document the other trees once all hunting seasons are over with. Note the tri-trunk tree next to the bent tree which has three knots and the three knots which are equidistant along the hip of the bent tree.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Massive Bent Tree on the Trail of Trees!

A week ago this past Friday, Rick and I were riding along Highway 56 approaching the bridge across Piney Creek when he exclaimed, "There's a thong tree!" And he was right!
Folks, we've driven this road looking for bent trees many times and Rick spots one only 50 feet off the highway in the exact spot we should expect to find one!
This amazing tree grows along a hollow that appears might have been the route of an early road fording the creek.
 The Highway 56 corridor is a known route of  those traveling the Trail of Tears through Izard County


Sunday, November 09, 2014

Trail Tree on Ridge above Mill Creek

Last week, while showing Linda and Jim Henderson some of the vintage churches in the county, I happened to notice this awesome trail tree along a ridge above Mill Creek just off a road we've looked for trees on many times. It's amazing to think that we've passed within 50 feet of this tree dozens of times without noticing it! This is a classic-shaped trail tree and it stands in an area we have predicted we'd find more trees.

Monday, December 09, 2013

Thong Trees in the Snow

Over the past few days, we've taken several rides around the Melbourne area. We managed to catch a few of the trail trees we've found along Rose Trail and Jumbo Road.

Sunday, June 02, 2013

When it Rains...

A wet & wild weekend in the Izard County Outback. Wildflowers were blooming, dewberries were ripening, and the mountain streams were flowing! Following are photos of excursions to the Sylamore Waterfall and to a pair of falls near Gid we've never documented before. We've known about one of them but have never got the chance to catch it after a good rain. They lie along Colley Branch and since we don't know any nicknames for either, we have dubbed them the "Colley Branch Cave Waterfall" and "Jack-in-the-Box Falls".

Video below!