September Splendor!

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“By all these lovely tokens, September days are here.                                                            With Summer’s best of weather, and Autumns’s best of cheer.”                                            hh jackson

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Autumn is one of my most favorite times of the year and it is almost here. Autumnal Equinox is today, September 23, which is the first day of fall and the day where there are equal hours of daylight and darkness. Autumn in Tennessee is a photographer’s dream come true and I cannot wait for nature to paint the trees gold, orange, yellow and red!

September is the prelude to Autumn weather. It still has the summer feel with the temperatures in the low 80’s and the sun shining high above in the sky. But I have been able to feel a slightly cooler breeze and hear the crunching of the leaves beneath me as I walk in my backyard or take the dogs out for a stroll these past few days. Although fall weather is not here yet, it is right around the corner with today being the first day of Autumn.

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This is a splendid time to get out and enjoy this somewhat cooler and less humid weather while you are still able to wear shorts, short sleeves and not have to pull your jacket out of the closet yet! I took advantage of this weather recently and wanted to share my day with you as I enjoyed the splendor in September !

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One morning I headed to the Couchville Lake Loop which is part of Long Hunter State Park, close to Hermitage and just a few miles outside of Nashville. You can find directions at http://tnstateparks.com/parks/contact/long-hunter.

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I like this trail because it is shaded almost the whole way, it is flat and paved, and there is a beautiful view of the lake most of the 2 mile loop.

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Not only will you have a view of the serene lake as you make your way around it, but you will also see plenty of wildlife; turkey, deer, blue herons, turtles, squirrels and birds.

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On the day I was was at the Couchville Lake Loop there were a few walkers, a few having a picnic, but no one was fishing from the pier…yet.

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There are also several areas around the 110 acre lake where you can walk out a few feet and cast a line as well.

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The path is also very informative for adults and kids alike having 44 trees labeled.

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There are plenty of benches for resting and enjoying the scenery.

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This is the time of year where you see nature at its best, so there will be a lot of beauty to take in on this walk.

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Not only can you enjoy your walks, go fishing, sit and watch squirrels scamper or a blue heron eyeing their lunch as well as deer munching on grass, but Couchville Lake itself is to be enjoyed year round.

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“You can rent jon boats and canoes during the summer months. The boat dock is open seasonally. Children age five and younger are not allowed in rented vessels. Paddles and vests are provided. All boaters are required to wear life jackets while on Couchville Lake. Gas motors, and personal watercraft, with the exception of canoes and kayaks, are not permitted on Couchville Lake. There is no launch ramp on Couchville Lake for private boats. Park Visitors may bring their own electric trolling motors for use on park row boats.”

So, pick a day and plan an outing to the Couchville Lake Loop. Take the family, take friends, take your kids, (don’t take your pets, they are not allowed on this path) or just take a couple of hours for yourself. As William Shakespeare said, ” One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”

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Although Autumn is officially here, there is still splendor in September!

For more information on the Couchville Lake Loop, check out this link at http://alltrails.com/trail/us/tennessee/couchville-lake-loop-trail

Until next time…

  • I hope you spend every day, living, learning, laughing and loving life…
    while focused on Nashville and the great state of Tennessee!
    My best to you,
    Terri

    *All photos in my blog, ‘Focused On Nashville’ are images I have taken. I hope you like them!

    Best,                                                                                                                                 Terri

Food, Fun, Family and Friends …Finally! Hello Labor Day Weekend

“Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country.”

Many of us are looking forward to Labor Day because it gives us 3 days to spend with family, friends and loved ones and do whatever we want to celebrate the end of the summer and the beginning of fall. Some of us head out of town, others head to the lake. Many of us will grill out or go out to eat, while others will stay home and catch up on Netflix, reading, facebook, or just sleep late and do absolutely nothing.

Personally all of the above sounds good to me. For those of you who live in the Middle Tennessee area and have not made plans, I would like to highlight some happenings on the Riverfront in Downtown Nashville. This gives me the opportunity to share some pictures I have taken recently of one of my favorite places in the world; my hometown.

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Downtown Nashville will be jumping this 3 day weekend. If you haven’t been to the Riverfront lately and would like to join in the festivities, I have listed some fun events below.

 

The Merritt Classic Weekend                                                                                  September 4-6 at Nissan Stadium

IMG_5940 **This is a picture I took of the Nissan Stadium at sunrise.**

This 3 day event offers a little bit of everything for everyone and sounds like a lot of fun. It winds down on Sunday with the TSU Tigers taking on the Alabama State University Hornets. I would like to go just to see the Halftime Performance by the one and only TSU Aristocrat of Bands!  Activities start today! (Friday)

For more information on this 3 day event, visit this link at http://www.visitmusiccity.com/Visitors/thingstodo/johnmerrittclassic

471A0624_1 **It is such a treat to watch the General Jackson come down the Cumberland River, stop in front of the Nissan Stadium and turn around to head the other way. It is especially beautiful at night.**

471A0475**In this picture I captured a barge slowly meandering past the Nissan stadium at sunset.**

Speaking of football, our own Tennessee Volunteers will open their season at the Nissan Stadium this Saturday, September 5, taking on the Bowling Green Falcons at 3:00. Some tickets are still available at this link-                                                                             http://www.nashvillesports.com/vols

IMG_7124**I love this picture because the Music City Star was pulling out of the Riverfront Train Depot and had slowed down enough for me to get a shot. I wasn’t expecting to see the train. One of these days I want to ride in it.**

Nashville’s First Saturday Art Crawl will be on September 5. “The first Saturday of every month, from 6pm to 9pm, art galleries around Nashville offer free admission to view their latest exhibits. Over 20 art venues participate, presenting local and world-renowned artists and artwork, offering the opportunity to meet and discuss art with like-minded individuals.”

IMG_7095**Speaking of art, this is our own ‘Ghost Ballet’ which sits on the riverbank across from Riverfront Park. “The trusses and crane base show the past industrial use of the area, while the circular and changing motion represents the transformation of the area.”**

For more information on this event, visit http://www.visitmusiccity.com/Visitors/thingstodo/saturdayartcrawl

The band Widespread Panic will be at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater on September 5 and 6 at 7:00 P.M. Nashville’s new amphitheater seats 6,800.

IMG_7129**I was on the Pedestrian Bridge when I took this picture one early evening while a concert was going on.**

For more information on this concert and many other upcoming concerts visit http://www.visitmusiccity.com/Visitors/thingstodo/ascendamphitheater

The General Jackson will be cruising the Cumberland this weekend and it is definitely a sight to see!

471A0565**This is one of my favorite pictures I have taken of the General Jackson because of the way the surrounding lights look like they are framing the showboat.**

I love seeing the people on the beautiful showboat as it comes into downtown. I am sure it is more fun being a passenger as you roll down the river.

471A0612**The General Jackson turns around right in front of the stadium, so it was fun watching this maneuver.**

For more information on the weekend cruises, and cruises in general, visit http://generaljackson.com/experience

I love to kayak, but did not know you could kayak the Cumberland River until I was downtown one day taking pictures and saw it. This would definitely be fun..

IMG_7763**I was able to get a shot of people kayaking down the Cumberland. They paddled up to the Riverfront and got out**

Check out Nashville’s first and only kayak rental and tour company, River Queen Voyages. If you want to experience the Cumberland River up close, visit their website at http://rqvoyages.com/

Okay, now for the fun activities that won’t cost you anything except maybe to park. Because of football games at Nissan Stadium on Saturday and Sunday, you might be out of luck finding a parking spot. I would wait until Monday to head downtown where it might be less crowded, more parking spaces and no stadium game. September 7 will be the better day.

If you have not been to Nashville’s Cumberland Park, you need to go.

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Not only is there an area for live music, but there are water features, a play space, areas to ride bikes and walk dogs and so much more! And it is free!

471A0245**The views are pretty no matter which way you look.**

IMG_7095**The Ghost Ballet has a whole different look during the day than at night.**

471A0251_1**This is the view across the river from the Cumberland Park.**

For more information on Nashville’s Cumberland Park, visit this link https://www.nashville.gov/Parks-and-Recreation/Parks/Cumberland-Park.aspx

One of my favorite free things to do in downtown Nashville is walk across the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge. The views of downtown are just gorgeous!

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Whether you visit during the day when the sun is bright and reflecting off the Batman Building and the Pinnacle Building, or at night when the lights come on and reflect off of the river, you will not be disappointed!

IMG_5596**I love watching for the barges and personal boats coming down the river.**

IMG_7442**You never know what you will see docking at the Riverfront.**

**It is also fun to people watch while on the bridge**

IMG_5651** This picture was taken at sunset.**

IMG_7424**This picture was taken at sunrise.**

To learn more about the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge, visit http://www.nashvilledowntown.com/go/shelby-street-pedestrian-bridge

Once you cross the bridge, head to Riverfront Park and check out the train depot.

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“The site of the current station was originally home to a train depot built around 1902. The depot included a passenger station for the Tennessee Central Railway as well as several tracks used for freight service. Passenger service at the original station ended in 1955. Site excavation for the new station began in 2004, but was delayed for several months due to the discovery of historic artifacts at the site, including the remains of a foundry. Construction of the new station began in August 2005. The design of the new station, which features post and beam architecture, was intended to evoke the feel of an Old World train station. Service at the station began on September 18, 2006.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nashville_Riverfront_(Music_City_Star_station)

And last but not least, you have to walk down to the Riverfront Park.

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On this particular day I saw Metro’s finest escorting a boat toward the dock.

Another morning I watched the sun rise and it was a beautiful sight!

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If you don’t want to get up that early, check out the glow of the river from the sun setting.

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The Downtown Nashville Riverfront is a must see- whether you are visiting the area, or even if you live here. Take an afternoon or an evening this weekend or any weekend and head to the Riverfront and see what everyone is talking about!

“It’s the warmest, loveliest community I’ve ever set foot in. For me, it’s the perfect place to live. It’s the best part of America.”
Nicole Kidman

For more information on what is going on in our fabulous city this Labor Day weekend, visit http://www.visitmusiccity.com/visitors/thingstodo/laborday#family

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Whatever you decide to do, I want you to know your hard work is what makes our nation the best, so you deserve to take this time to rest!

Until next time-

  • I hope you spend every day, living, learning, laughing and loving life…
    while focused on Nashville and the great state of Tennessee!
    My best to you,
    Terri
  • Have a fabulous Labor Day weekend!
  • **All photos in Focused On Nashville are taken by Terri Watson.