The 2017 North American Solar Eclipse... Worth The Wait!

The 2017 North American Solar Eclipse proved to be well worth the wait for many.... skies were partly cloudy though a great many popular viewing sites enjoyed enough of a break in the clouds to fully view totality, for some a once in a lifetime event.

Gateway Island Park

In 1997, with Gateway Office Park being rapidly developed, it was recognized that there was a great deal of underutilized open space. Lose & Associates was commissioned to develop a plan for this space. One of the greatest challenges was a 40-acre area that had historically been an unregulated landfill. Considering it's central location, it was decided to turn this land into a city park that residents would be able to use for recreation and relaxation.

An Epic Deviation To The Military Ridge State Trail

If you are ever in Madison (Wisconsin) and looking for a scenic place to hike or run, check out the Military Ridge State Trail which runs for 40 miles connecting Madison and Dodgeville,by utilizing the 1855 military route beginning in Verona. It runs along the borders of Governor Dodge and Blue Mound state parks and passes agricultural lands, woods, wetlands and prairies. Along the route in Verona specifically, you'll find "Epic Intergalactic Headquarters"... home to the #1 brand of electronic medical records system used by hospitals and clinics throughout the country... an absolutely amazing facility filled with enormous, themed buildings. I personally run between 3-6 miles on average so I could never possibly cover the entire trails length, but I found it to be a smooth and picturesque... I'd love to revisit one day.


The Middle Tennessee Museum Of Natural History: The Earth Experience

One of the little known treasures of Middle Tennessee is the Middle Tennessee Museum Of Natural History: The Earth Experience, located in Murfreesboro! The museum has two entire rooms full of fossils, as well as a room with minerals and display cases with rocks and even meteorites... an estimated 2,000 items on display. Fossil donations have come in from a range of supporters as well as from Alan Brown's (Museum Director) annual digs in Montana which include specimens like two T-Rex leg bones. There is even a Paleontology Lab where you can see specimens in the process of being restored and prepared for display. If you have children, or your inner child loves dinosaurs or you are interested in fossils, geology, or gems, you need to check it out!

Splash Pad Fun At Cumberland Park

If you can still use a place to beat the heat as summer winds down, stop by Cumberland Park along the Nashville riverfront between the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge and the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge. The park is open daily from dawn to 11 pm with Sprayground Hours from May 24th - September 1st being 9am - 7pm from Monday through Saturday, and noon - 6pm on Sunday.

Fossil Hunting At Red Caboose Park!

One day, while looking for kid friendly activities in the Nashville area I stumbled across brochure listing fossil locations in Tennessee. Since that day, we've made several trips out to look for and collect fossils. On reviewing the list, Red Caboose Park stuck out to me since it would be somewhere that would give them a chance to play and burn off some energy before and after our fossil hunting adventure.
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