Down Memory Lane: Dunlap, Tennessee

Waterfalls near Dunlap, Tennessee. April 21, 2009.

Betsy and I often go looking for a particular waterfall.  In those  cases we know the name and location of a waterfall and it is just a matter of driving or hiking (or both).  We follow directions in a book, from an online site or the GPS unit to our destination.  That’s been the way we’ve found the majority of the waterfalls we’ve visited.

But every once in a while we stumble on a waterfall unexpectedly.  This serendipity makes the experience seem even more delightful than it would otherwise be.

Last year on our way back from Texas we planned to stop by Fall Creek Falls State Park here in Tennessee.  We would be going there on April 21, the anniversary of our date (and first kiss) at Fall Creek Falls.

We have been to Fall Creek Falls many times, but had never travelled there from the south.  We were near Dunlap, Tennessee,  heading up the Plateau when, as we were rounding a curve, we saw a waterfall just off the road.  It didn’t have a lot of water going over the fall, but it was very tall.  Naturally we had to stop and get some pictures.  We later learned that this was Possum Falls.

What made this experience even more interesting is that we saw three more waterfalls within the next two miles.  We had no idea they were there before we stumbled onto them.  If we had been driving any faster, we probably would have missed them all.

To see these pictures and others, click HERE.


Today I’m grateful for unexpected pleasures of God’s creation.

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16 Responses to “Down Memory Lane: Dunlap, Tennessee”

  1. Kirigalpoththa Says:

    I love them!

  2. Hilda Says:

    Those are such wonderful surprises! Additional gifts for your first date’s anniversary. 🙂
    The black portions of the rock of Possum Falls are intriguing. It looks almost like it’s painted on.

  3. Darla Says:

    What great surprises you ever get lost while hiking?

  4. Susie Says:

    Those unexpected surprises are the best George!

  5. MaryBeth Says:

    The surprise roadside falls sometimes invoke the best memories. I am glad you were there. MB

  6. Karin Says:

    Serendipity! Beautiful collage George! Love yesterday’s pic of dam too and that beautiful reflection!

  7. Ginny Hartzler Says:

    What a delightful surprise! Know why it’s called Possum Falls? You knew I just had to ask, didn’t you?

  8. Happyone Says:

    What a fun hobby to have and finding an unexpected Waterfall is a bonus!!

  9. Becky Says:

    I’m sure it was divine intervention George…what a treat to stumble upon something you love!!!

  10. imac Says:

    Nice collection of Falls George.

  11. Jen Says:

    It was a gift waiting for you to find! And a creation of new memories.

  12. Judy Says:

    Good thing there was no one riding your bumper, if you were strolling along, looking for waterfalls!

  13. Ruth Hiebert Says:

    Beautiful mosaic.

  14. Neal Says:

    Very nice George! Those surprises are great…..most of the time. 🙂

  15. Carletta Says:

    Love the rocky cliffs in this one!
    I wonder if the black color on the rocks was caused by the tannin in the water or the something to do with the kind of rock.

  16. Gena Says:

    Visiting from Betsy’s blog. Hope you are well, George. Love all those wonderful pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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