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In this first video of a 2 part series I camp at the graveyard I visited last time, enjoy breakfast by the lake, share some boondocking stories, and then visit Cherokee Memorials in the area. I also learn the origin of the name Tennessee!
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Judging by the archaeology sign, not all people with guns are safe in their use. They rudely shot up that sign. Thanks for sharing all of these sites. I have missed so much on my quick runs to and from, and now see the value of slowing down and enjoying our out of the way places . While we still have them anyway.
Thanks. Carolyn I'm part Cherokee and my grandmother came down out of the Tennessee hill and married grandpa after he buried two wives.That was after 'Trail of Tears', she was hiding and watching him bury the second wife.
Very interesting history Carolyn. Really appreciated you posting the feud link above that one of your subscribers found. Ah the wonders of the internet. I look forward to the next installment. Also really enjoyed the chatter here in your forum!! ..all of it.
When I was younger and we were camping on the Tennessee River, my sister and I came upon an archeological dig. The TN River (on the banks) you can go arrowhead hunting and do quite well. So there was a team (from where I have no idea) with the site roped off and they were brushing dirt off what looked to be a mother, child and pottery, etc... I could not take my eyes off of it. I later started college life majoring in Archeology, I always wanted to go to Egypt and look for tombs. Changed my mind later. I always wonder what would have happened if I had gone down that road farther.
Great looking places on the east side where I'm located. I'm making accommodations to get out for some fun in the sun freestyle. I'm going to pack up for some major camping trips. I have a mini van . I am definitely going to invest in a good tent. Plus some solar.!!!
I've missed several of your recent past videos and I'm off work today marathon watching😂 while cleaning. I moved from Southern California to South Carolina in 2008. I loved all of the history and old cemeteries in the south. Such beautiful scenery at this lake. I moved to San Antonio Texas in 2013 and it's awesome here but I do miss exploring the south a lot.
Tying this to a later video where you talk about how "new comers" are forcing there way of life to change; seems almost hypocritical when you see how they probably did the same to the native Americans.... History does repeat itself...
Carolyn's RV Life You got itt - it's all about who is there at the moment and the what is the " new" to them that forces change. As a population we still haven't found a good way to transition. It's still seems like we are divisive - until we learn to listen And as you stated - we can hear but do not always agree. But there's the rub (Shakespeare?) How do we comprise and/or collaborate?
Oh , I understand, had to read your comment again. Yes, I see your point.. interesting. I was reading a book recently that talked about how many of us want 'smaller government, less entitlement", until it comes to the programs the benefit us personally. It seems there is no shortage of hypocrisy in human nature. :-/
Enjoying your videos. Live in Florida which has many very old cemeteries. Enjoy exploring them. BTW many cemeteries have Geocaches in or around them as do many Memorials. How are you doing with Geocaching? I have about 6800 now which may seem like a lot but I have friends with 20,000 plus. Try to pick up at least one "cache" in each state I visit.
Carolyn, could you talk a little about how you find your camping sites? I would like to do some public land boondocking, but I'm not sure what to look for, like on google maps or on a paper map... Do you just find a secluded spot and pull over? Maybe you've done a video on it, I just haven't found it yet. :)
Don't believe all that Native Americans living all peaceful and in harmony. The various tribes fought each other. I went out west and explored ruins across 4 states and noted that their villages were all forts. Built on high ground, or in the sides of cliffs.
Nice place! I'm part Cherokee, so very interesting to me. Unfortunately, life really wasn't calm and peaceful before white man came. Wars, slave taking, people died really young, if not by being killed, all kinds of simple things we survive these days. As part Indian, even to me, the changes were just inevitable. Muslims blocking off land routes to India spice trade caused Spain, Italy, etc. to look seriously for an ocean route. Thus Columbus, etc. Anyway, I like history, true history. Keep'em coming...
Hey Carolyn you would love exploring Canada in the summer. We have thousands of rolling hills, and lakes like that. They roll on for hundreds of miles, all the way to the arctic on both sides east and west. I'm part native, and I appreciated this post thanks!
You sure are getting in the sight seeing before cold weather. The leaves will be really pretty soon. Your hair looks nice, and have you gotten a trim maybe? I know your in the hills a lot lately but no matter how pretty the place, may I say be safe. And I know you know that. Lol! Us country folk always gotta go through saying it so you know we care. :) Oh boy.... Where we going now?!
I knew the first time i came to Tennessee as a child at 12 or 13 years old with my uncle to visit his children in Nashville I believe in 1969 I knew I probably would end up living here in tn. It's now 2017 I've been here since 2003 now this is my home state would not have it any other way! Go big orange the (Tennessee volunteers football!) God bless the state of Tennessee! (Bristol TN) on the TN/VA state line the twin cities of Bristol TN/VA.👍✌🐈🐕🏁also Bristol TN is birthplace of country music 1929
Actually the Cherokee was a warrior tribe . They killed a lot of other tribes in the southeast .They were the first of the tribes to build houses , That's were log cabins came in to history . They were very tobacco farmers and were very good at politics . And one of the first tribes to hold offices of government . They were very good economics . And one of the richer tribes because of gold mining the area they lived . And by keeping other gold seekers out of they area .Very Very smart people .
My wife and I are buying a coach. we think we would like to travel for 2 month clips. ( But try a few) 1 week trips to get used to the bus. we are KOA Gold card holders, and reserveamerica, although, I like to be alone when I camp. I have been setting markers on my maps for places to visit and camp. I also ride Motorcycles and roadside camp, and belong to some campers forums. In 2010-13 we had a 40' coach, but had a hard time finding places to camp ( I was okay in Kamarts, But the wife hated it). so this new one is a 38ftr. ( But what is the longest you've parked in one area)? we'd like to stay in one spot for a week if we can. what are the thoughts on state parks, and government owned land? ( we have a Lifetime state parks pass ). In december I'll be winter camping @ my friend joe's Campground in Sandyville WV, during hunting season ( Ruby Lake Campground ). Now we're not selling our home yet, Until we find a place we'd like to call home. Florida, is getting boring for us, after 25 years for me & The wife was born here. we're ( Thinking Blue Ridge area) for a small condo, as we're finding out we'll need to have a location for mail.
♥ Hi Carolyn, Have you considered visiting THE FARM? It's a well organized hippie community. Here is the website: http://thefarmcommunity.com/ It's in Summertown, TN. A friend of mine went a couple of years ago and LOVED IT! Cheers! Sandra
O M G!!!!!
I'm watching this video about it: https://vimeo.com/179814453
I HAVE to go! thank you so much. Another friend recommended one in WV.. I'll have to take a look at them and make up my mind.. or hit both. I have a huge smile on my face watching this.
Carolyn your videos just get better and better. They are just a joy to watch and you have such sweet and kind way about you. Your heart shows up in your videos by so many of the little things you let slip out of your mouth, like the Jonses swiping the Cherokee's land. I've always hated what my European ancestors did to my Cherokee ancestors.
Be safe and happy travels!
Nice video. I do think you are a bit off on the whole "peaceful" Native American thing. They fought wars, wore out the land (then moved on to new land) and did everything human beings everywhere else did. Native Americans are not some super special close to nature population that were better than everyone else. They were there before Europeans and were treated like shit and basically exterminated, but they were humans, not back to earth angels.
Really what I was trying to tell her too. I have a lot of respect for Native Americans but I don't put them a pedestal as a peaceful mother earth loving people. They were humans with all the positive and negative that term implies.
Native American (btw, people I know that are Indian, hate the term, native Americans,) fought other tribes. It's just a fact of life. Don't blame people from Europe. My wife is Cherokee. I do enjoy Carolyn's videos and thank her for taking us along on her journey's.
Not a matter of hate or disliking. It is a matter of truth. I enjoy the videos - just don't remember it is a false mythology. Native Americans are as a great a people as the ancient Chinese or any other civilization. They were not better or worse. They were just first to North America.
Carolyn, this video is why I love watching your channel. You love history like I do. Because I'm not able to be on the road, I'm lucky to have found you so I can see all these lovely places. Thank you for sharing and for all you do. Keep exploring Capone, wish I was exploring with you buddy 🍖
Be safe you two and have loads of fun ❤️❤️
This was very interesting, and something I'll probably never get to see, so I very much appreciate this opportunity to see it. So beautiful! I'm wondering if "Tanasi" is actually pronounced "Tennessee"? Tennessee being a variant spelling of the original name?
Thank you. The history of those who were a part of forging who and what we are today. Contrary to the current political them, 99% of the Confederate soldiers were not slave owners, they took up arms to defend "States Rights" and their FREEDOM and to fight off Federalism. Our founding fathers NEVER intended the Federal government to have the power it now possess; we were intended to be ONLY a confederation of states.
Keep up the travels, we all enjoy you delving into the local culture and all of those unique discoveries. You are slowly become a "southern gal" LOL. Capone is already there..LOL!!
The spin is not always truth. All of the family records show black share croppers. They were part of the estates but the records indicate that had their own land and shared in the health and wealth of the estate. As a matter of a fact a few of the black males were with my relatives at a few of the battles. As a matter of a fact on of the blacks died under the banner of the stars and bars.
As I said before, the victors write the history and it is always in their perspective. Like the news on TV today, it is always in the perspective of the owners and has little to do with facts.
I suppose my Bias is first hand as my family history goes back to Alabama 1720. I have all of the family history, farm records, letters and much of the Civil War documentation from 12 of my family members. The current bias (spin) is not good and the discredit they have done to those who fought against Federalism is sad.
Perhaps being politically correct, will soon discredit those on the Vietnam wall, including my brother, who's name is inscribed there. To me, we have lost the "spirit" of those who answered their countries call ( be it confederate or federal)and made the ultimate sacrifice in favor of being politically correct and what is currently popular.
Robert, while I agree that most who fought for the confederates were not slave owners and believe they were fighting for states' rights, I believe (and research and history have proven) that the war was about protecting slavery. The powers that were- the wealthy slave owners - used 'state's rights' as an excuse to preserve their wealth and way of life. Like the wars today, the wealthy elite brainwash us into believing they are fought for 'just reasons'. The powers that be are extremely effective at wielding their propaganda machines to convince us to die for their causes. Make no mistake; it was about preserving slavery
You never know. I never realized that area is so steeped in History. So many coincidences on this one. I literally took a look at a NASA map of the eclipse track, I wanted to go to a not so traveled area, away from any major cities, yeah, just like you. I spotted Crossville, looked like it would fit the criteria and off I went. I'm going to return that area as I wish I could have spent more time there than just a day. You've discovered some very interesting history there too which I'll check out some day. Thanks1
That's funny, I just went down to Crossville, TN (from NE Ohio) to view the solar eclipse. It was worth every mile. Oddly enough I happened across two couples and we watched the eclipse. While chatting I mentioned that I happened upon Alvin York's home (WW-1 hero) o a back road I took and I learned that a woman in the group is the grandaughter of Mr. York. What are the chances of that? I listened to many stories of growing up in Crossville, very cool indeed.
Love your life.
I think, respect for the land is a new aged thought. Humans are only as repectful as the equipment they can afford to buy. Meaning if george can afford a bobcat, he will tear somethings up. What I love noticing is just how amazing the planet is that it recovers so quickly.
Indians could not make a permanent mark on the land.
Thank goodness early settlers could make a mark so that you have such wonders to explore. Thank you for sharing your explorations.
And I respectfully disagree that respect for the land is a new-aged thought. the natives respected the land, even with what they had; honoring their kills, using the entire buffalo and not leaving the meat to rot, mindful planting , etc.
Tammy, Not sure if you picked up on the archaeological digs dating back 1700 years - I would say the natives DID make an impact on the land, worth exploring. It's the settlers and pioneers who would wipe it out with bulldozing and progress if we didn't have conservationists among us preventing it. Corporations and develolpers neither have a soul, nor a conscious.
You're near where Little Boy was built, Atomic city, we were passing thru there once, and I started telling the kids about Atomic City, and we googled it and we were 3 miles from the city, now called Oakridge. My Great grandpa came from Scotland and lived in Eastern Kentucky, and also Eastern Tennessee, before coming to Arkansas. My great grandma was orphaned on the trail of tears when her parents died, she was adopted by a white family called The Risleys, lots of family history there, I would be so terrified of that graveyard at night, but I Love the old stones and the history, you are a brave lady staying there by yourself.