Treasures in Tennessee

A week ago we went to Tennessee. It was so much fun! We stayed with some friends who live just outside of Nashville. They live on a hill so we had to back the R.V. up the hill. While my dad was driving and my mom and River were directing him, I got to sit inside watching.

We wound up sleeping inside their house (for four nights) because it was freezing outside in the R.V. The majority of the things we did in Tennessee was at their house. First we went panning for gold in the creek they have in the back woods, and found a lot!

Then we went metal detecting with our friend who goes a lot. We got someone’s permission to go on their property but only my mom and I went. We found lots of Civil War relics! We found two bullets one was fired and one was not (I was the first person to touch them in 150 years!!), a square bolt from a wagon wheel or a cannon wheel, a lead poker chip which is just a melted and flattened bullet, a nail, a wire hook (it was used to hold the wire on a fence in place on the so the livestock wouldn’t escape), a clip to hold a soldiers sleeping bag in place, and a piece of a camp tool. We also saw rocks that were arranged in a circle and we were told that they used to be camp fires. They were all from the Civil War!!

The next day we went in the back woods to explore. We saw three caves and I went in two of them. One of them was a coyote den! We knew because there was coyote scat everywhere! In that one there was also stalactites in it! I was a little bit scared to go in it and I kept saying can we get out now? Our friend told us that the caves were used for the early settlers to hide from the Indians. 

I liked Tennessee a lot. It sort of reminded me of Maine in the Fall. 

9 thoughts on “Treasures in Tennessee

  1. rain, Uncle Jim, You have just accomplished what I have dreamed of doing. I have traveled to most of the civil war battle fields and have collected books and bullets and love what you have done that will stay with you for life. good job.

  2. Got this from Bre’s FB link. Glad you guys had a great time down here! We have THE BEST State Parks in the if you guys ever get a chance to come down. There’s always an extra room and a hot meal :^)

  3. When I panned for gold in Alaska, I didn’t get a nugget any where near the size of the one you found. Good job. I wouldn’t last in one of those cayote dens. Too clastrophoic!! What is next on your agenda for the second graders??

  4. that’s so cool, mercy! what fun to find all those old things…totally loved hearing all about it. love you~

  5. Great post, Mercy! Tennessee sure sounds like a good time – I would have loved to have found Civil War relics … and oh ya, some gold wouldn’t be so bad either. 😉 Nice job!

  6. Sure wish I’d known you’d be traveling through NC. Would have loved for you and your family to visit us. Don’t have any coyote dens to show you, but I’m sure we could have found something interesting to see and I always have loads of kale around! And Kristen lives only four miles from us.
    What your family is doing is so cool! What a great adventure. Are you home (RV) schooling?

    1. We were hoping to spend more time in N.C. but had a house/pet sitting job to get to in S.C. If we’re back through there, we’ll definitely look you and Kristen up. I am “road schooling” Mercy, and River is able to continue on with his Freshman curriculum on-line while also benefiting from the plethora of educational opportunities during our travels.

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