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Noah "Bud" Ogle Barn on the Roaring Fork Nature Trail in the Smoky Mountains

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Noah "Bud" Ogle Barn on the Roaring Fork Nature Trail in the Smoky Mountains

Noah "Bud" Ogle is a decedent of the first settlers in White Oak Flats, Tennessee, now known as Gatlinburg.  On 400 acres of land he built a cabin, barn, and a mill.  He and his wife raised a family, grew corn and tended an apple orchard. The barn Noah built is common among Appalachian Mountain barns.  It is a crib style barn.  Crib barns are built from logs stacked and dovetailed on the corners to form a square crib.  Most times the cribs are left without chinking filling in the gaps between the logs.  This barn is a 4 crib barn.  There...

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Kiser Lake State Park in Ohio

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Kiser Lake State Park in Ohio

When visiting Kiser Lake State Park enjoy the sounds of nature on this small quiet lake and watch the sailboats dancing across the water.

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Block Island North Lighthouse

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Block Island North Lighthouse

Sitting on the northern most point of the island Block Island North Lighthouse is the 4th lighthouse on Sandy Point.

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Paradise is found at Mansion Beach

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Paradise is found at Mansion Beach

Getting there takes a little planning.  You will need a boat or passage on the Block Island Ferry.  The ferry leaves mainland Rhode Island from several different towns.  After arriving on the island getting to the beach requires a vehicle or a bicycle.  A short drive takes you to a dirt road and the Mansion Beach parking lot.  Just imagine one of the islands most glorious mansions sitting on this hill overlooking the beach below.  Now the only remnants of the mansion are the foundation.  The old wall is a great picnicking location.  Down on the beach you will find the...

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Block Island Southeast Lighthouse

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Block Island Southeast Lighthouse

A Victorian Gothic red brick tower and attached light keepers house make this one of the most stunning lighthouses I have seen. First lit in 1875 and continued burning until 1990 when it was deactivated.  At the time of deactivation the lighthouse was only 55 feet from the edge and in danger of falling over the bluff.  The lighthouse was moved to its current location and in 1994 was relit.  I read that there is a beautiful curving iron staircase that leads to the top with amazing views but the lighthouse was closed for the season when we were there. ...

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