Tuesday Trekkin – October 31

The second installment of Tuesday Trekkin’ features the Foothills Parkway in the Great Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee. We decided it’s fall and the leaves might be ready for viewing. We left the house with a plan to eat lunch at a Cuban place in Maryville, a small town on the way. We went the wrong way and ended up a little out of the way. A slight argument involving the words, “I will not turn around!” may have happened. I will just say that I was not driving and leave it at that.

We finally made it to the Cuban place – The Aroma Cafe. We placed our order at the counter and grabbed our number. It’s a small place and our food was made to order. We both had Cuban Sandwiches with Cuban coffee. I also added fried plantains and a guava and cream cheese empanada. Raiders of the Lost Ark was on the TV and I admit it made me want to watch it again. It seemed the perfect movie for our lunch. The food was fine. The sandwiches had mayo, not something either of us expected or cared for. The plantains were yummy and the empanada was fine. If we go back, I’d definitely try something different. I hear the flan is pretty darn good there. We finished and got back on the road.

We made our way to the Foothills Parkway with intent to stop at Look Rock and take pictures. We missed it some how. We did stop at several spots and got some great views. Photos of mountains and trees are pretty, but not my favorite. I prefer something that tells a little more of a story. We made our way down and came out at Chilhowee Lake where the Chilhowee Dam is located. The lake was beautiful and it would have been a great day for a picnic. We stopped at the Harley Davidson store and I took pics of the old building beside it. Did I mention the area is a well known place bikers of all kinds, motorized and manual. We saw motorcyclists and bicyclists making their way up the mountain. Kudos to both.

Back in Knoxville, I remembered that we needed beer. We stopped at the Casual Pint in Bearden, grabbed a few six packs and had a pint while there. A low key trek but a great day anyway.

Tuesday Trekking – Clinton TN

Our first official Tuesday trek is a nearby small town called Clinton, TN. Historic Clinton is home to a hundred thousand antique shops and fifty hundred churches. No, just kidding. But there are a lot of both there. We scoped out breakfast options before going and there weren’t too many options in the downtown area since all the places did not really open until 11am. We settled on Amelia’s Cafe since it was the only one open early and it did say they had breakfast. So, off to Clinton we went.

Amelia’s Cafe is inside the Cadence Craft and Trade Emporium. They had some cool stuff and very decent prices. Unfortunately, we are broke and have no where to put anything in our house, so we did not buy anything. There was no one at the cafe counter. We walked around for a few minutes and I spotted someone upstairs. I went up and asked if there was anyone working the cafe and if they had breakfast. Turns out the guy who runs the cafe was also helping someone find a part in another universe or possibly just another part of the store. But the guy I found was willing to help us. He told us he could make us bacon and eggs with toast. Perfect.

A few minutes later, he said, “I have bad news about the eggs.”

“Oh?” I asked, Walt was walking around looking at the goodies in the store.

“It seems they’ve all been boiled for making potato salad later,” he said, “but I can make you BLTs?”

“With cheese?” Because all I really want out of life is cheese.

“Of course,” he answered.

One of the best BLT with cheese that I have ever had. The bread was fresh and the tomatoes were perfect. He made me a latte and it was primo. We had to wait for the other guy to reappear before we could pay. But no worries, it was great!

There is a moral to this story. When you travel, whether it is across the world or just down the road, be patient, be open, and ready to compromise.

After Amelia’s we walked around town for a bit so I could take pictures of this great, little picturesque town. We decided to drive around a little and see if there was anything else we might want to investigate. We found the Green McAdoo Cultural Center. This is a museum dedicated to the Clinton 12. The first 12 black students to attend Clinton High School in 1956, after it was desegregated by court order. Look for a blog about this awesome place soon!

Color vs. Black and White Photography

As I’ve said before, I like to experiment with my photos. I might revisit a photo weeks, months, or years later. Recently, I’ve been on a black and white kick. Sometimes, I like the black and white version better, sometimes, not really. I’d love to hear which version you like!

 

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Feeling Small in Church

The weekly photo challenge is Scale.  The over sized Gothic churches and cathedrals of Europe are a great example of this. With their massive columns, two and three story stained glass windows, and soaring painted ceilings, they make me feel tiny in comparison.

 

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Fine Art Photography by Sharon Popek