There is a cold front coming in this weekend will drop our temps dramatically and bring a chance of a trace of rain. But sadly they are bringing winds too, 50 MPH gusts in some places! All these dry leaves dropping are making it hard on the firefighters.
We haven't had any fall color, just green leaves falling off and turning brown or leaves just drying up on the tree and falling off. The grass is brown, its so dusty.
We went camping for a couple of nights last week and came across the oldest stone dam in Tennessee (1780). I took some pictures. You can see from these that it is nothing but brown and the dam is bone dry. Even the waterfalls in the Smoky Mountains are bone dry, not a drop coming over them.
This dam is on the property of the Amis (pronounced amys) family. Thomas Amis settled here in 1780. He was one of the earliest settlers in the area. He built a home, a grist mill, a trading post. This was one of the final stops before settlers moved on out west. This land was originally North Carolina and then State of Franklin and then Tennessee. Great great grandchildren of his now own the property and have restored the house and it is open at Christmas for tours. On the spot where the old trading post stood is now a small eatery. You can read about Thomas Amis HERE.
There was also a Civil War battle took place here, Battle of Big Creek. THIS is a lovely little site about the battle if your interested.
Look what the dam looks like in when we have rain!