Monday, February 14, 2011
Searching for the Hill Tract and some Found Objects
This past Monday, not even a week after the paralyzing Rush Hour snowstorm that shut down this city, the dogs and I hiked out in 65 degree weather to search for the Hill Tract, a 300 plus acre stand of virgin forest with centuries old trees that is now addition to the Warner Parks. Conservancy groups raised the money to buy it from the H.G. Hill family.
The hounds and I walked up through the woods just south of these apartments on Tennessee state route 100. We found an old wood road, but it was confusing and overgrown. Where the road began in a field covered with construction debris from the apartments, I photographed the old piano and bench someone had dragged into this wasteland. An impromptu Saturday night concert? Who knows?
After the first road dead ended in a hillside, we turned north and cut through the woods to ford a brook. There had to be road since someone had dumped old appliances on the stream bank. Hence the remains of the vintage washing machine, its wash cycle silent for evermore. And there was a road. East, it went to pastures and forgotten farm buildings and a dry farm pond. West it went into the forest. We walked up into the woods a little way, but since I am more of an Entwife than an Ent, I love pastures and open fields and old rose bushes and cultivation. But looking west I could see the forested hills beyond, and I knew it must be the Hill forest. I plan to walk there again this weekend with my fellow explorer and plant hunter Mrs Sharon R. I will leave the dogs at home, for even in February the ticks are abroad.
I am heartened by the land preservation in Middle Tennessee- the farms saved forever out near Franklin and Leiper's Fork. And now the Hill Tract-
And would it not be wonderful to save Steveaway Farms out on the Pasquo Road?. No one has the money or appetite for McMansions anymore. And that is what developers have planned, though the Great Recession has temporarily silenced their bulldozers.