A Short Hike - Middlecreek and Raindow Lake

12:54 a.m. on February 11, 2011 (EST)
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I am fortunate to live on Signal Mountain, part of a finger of the Cumberland Plateau.

This is looking up the Tennessee River Gorge towards Chattanooga and Lookout Mountain in the distance, taken from the cliffs above Middle Creek gorge.


Looking the other direction the river carves out the beautiful gulf. Below is Middle Creek gorge coming down from the right to meet the mighty Tennessee.


So I am surrounded by a wealth of places to hike, and a couple days ago I took a quick one down the Middle Creek gorge, which is home to Rainbow lake, a reservoir that long ago supplied the town above with water.


The old dam is very cool.


I found a pretty little spot, where I stopped to some dinner.


I made some buffalo chicken wraps, perfecting the method before making the same thing on our trip to Fiery Gizzard. I love this photo of the Alcohol stove working :)


A little further down is an impressive waterfall, Rainbow Falls. Here is my brother, Andrew, on the brink.


And another showing the impressive drop. These two were taken back in November when there was very little water flowing. Right now he'd be in the middle of the torrent :)


This last one is where I was out Landscape painting in the snow, looking out over the Sequatchie Valley from the back side of Signal Mountain.


11:46 a.m. on February 11, 2011 (EST)
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Nice pictures and descriptions. What's buffalo chicken? Do you have any examples of your paintings to show? Do you sell them or just keep and hang them on your walls?  Beautiful country. I didn't know that places were called plateau's in the east, have thought that was a western term.

12:24 p.m. on February 11, 2011 (EST)
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Thanks Gary :)

Have you ever had hot wings? In much of the country they are also called buffalo wings, and the hot vinegar sauce is calleb buffalo sauce. Backpacker Pantry makes a freeze dried version minus the bones found in wigs, that you rehydrate and them add to a wrap. http://www.mtnhse.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=M&Product_Code=53116&Category_Code=MHW

Yes, I do sell my work, you can look at some of my portfolio on my website:


Yep, we have plateaus here in the east. Chattanooga sits in the Tennessee river valley, which devides the Appalachians from the cumberland platuea. Walndens Ridge, of which Signal mountain is a section, forms the western wall of the TN Valley.The Cumberland Plateau is expansive, Stretching from Kentucky to Alabama, and from Chattanooga to Jackson. Walden's Ridge is separated from the main plateau by the beautiful and narrow Sequatchie Valley.

12:35 p.m. on February 11, 2011 (EST)
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Wow! How long have you been painting? The images with people look like photographs. Very nice work!

1:22 p.m. on February 11, 2011 (EST)
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from a very young age, probably 2 or 4, I drew, colored, and painted constantly. I was around eleven when I realized how unusual it was that I drew all the time and decided I wanted to be an artist, though of course not really knowing what that meant at the young age. So shortly after that I began hanging out in the studio of a very succesful fine artist that we knew, and from there became his personal assistant and aprentice, which was amazing as he is the Chairman of the Portrait Society of America. I began studying with other local painters in Chattanooga as well.  

When I was 23 I moved to New England and studied at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, where I recieved my BFA in painting. After that I moved back to chattanooga, where I currently have my studio as well as designing rugs for Shaw Industries.

11:41 p.m. on February 11, 2011 (EST)
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Nice trip Gonzan.I like the valley area you have photographed.Really cool you took your brother on the hike.Glad you shared these.Tennesee is very pretty..I looked at your porfolio you tagged on...Besides being an eloquent writer.Your a very talented artist.Very impressive. I like the charcoal colum on the cover of your studio cover..You have mirrored the fine features well. I spend my time with CAD and other engineering programs..But once in a while I still like to draw by hand...It's fun..

10:15 p.m. on February 12, 2011 (EST)
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asdfsdf Thanks, Denis!

I am still working toward being a full time fine artist, and am currently doing rugs design work for Shaw Industries to make the mortgage, etc. 

You should definitely keep drawing, there's always time to hone your skills and do things that you find rewarding.

When do you start your At journey, by the way?

It would be cool to hike a section and meet up on the trail :)

12:05 a.m. on February 15, 2011 (EST)
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It's looking like the March 20. I was going to go March 2 but weather your way.And up north has everyone guessing right now.Shenandaue has snow and ice.But thats the date after this hike I took this weekend with 2 thru hikers. They recommend that time..

Yeah if you want to come out to the trail even for a day that would be way  cool..Love to meet Trailspace members..That is what this past weekend was meeting people in the area and from the AT site..I'will be posting here as I go...

7:32 a.m. on February 15, 2011 (EST)
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Where's the trailhead at for this? That's a pretty cool little section. I haven't head about that. Would love to get up there and check it out.

Just looked at your art. It's very very good.

2:50 p.m. on February 22, 2011 (EST)
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Thanks Rocklion,

There are two main trailheads for that section, on is at Signal Point and the other is over next on Ohio street at the end of the back nine of the signal mountain golf course.

6:54 p.m. on February 22, 2011 (EST)
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Hey nice photos, the view of the gorge is great, and I noticed that Andrew seemed to be holding your magic trail clearing hiking stick.

I like the photo of the alcohol stove too, you did a good job with the stove.

10:46 a.m. on February 23, 2011 (EST)
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Thanks, Trout!

Yeah, Andrew is using one of my hiking staves- I have several :) 

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