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Dessinez vous vos proches?

Message par firosiro » 28 août 2017, 09:32

Living in this great country we often take for granted the magnificent natural resources we have at our fingertips. The beautiful landscapes that adorn the Tennessee Mountains are among the many and have been calling our name for months. We were itching to get in a ride before winter fully set in and experience some of the bright fall colors while at it choose a sleeping bag. The Appalachian Mountains in all their glory have many secrets and we set out to discover as much of it as we could in a short three-day trip. A tent, sleeping bag, limited survival supplies and two off-road vehicles would be our only connection to modern conveniences on our venture. On a whim, we packed the 16-foot trailer and made the haul to Windrock Mountain in Oliver Springs, Tennessee, that connected to Coal Creek mining and ORV land.

It's fascinating to think that only a few short hours from home lies such a beautiful parcel of mountain land waiting for us to explore. Along the drive north, I pondered things such as the weather and the creatures that lurk in the mountain woods at night. It began to sink in that bear, coyote, as well as skunks and raccoons prowl the hollow wooded areas where we'd be camping. I couldn't get the idea of the frigid nights out of my head and honestly, I was really anxious to get the tent set up before the sun went down. Pulling into the small town of Oliver Springs, we all began to become anxious. We drove up into the Windrock Park and campgrounds to check in and immediately excitement filled the truck. Each one of us were surprised at the awesome views from the bottom of the mountain and knowing that the next day we would be experiencing the incredible view from the peak.


Stopping in at the campground office is mandatory and we wanted to meet the fine folks who worked the park as well. Before we knew it Ms. Julie had given us all the proper documents and permits for the next day's riding, and up to the primitive campsites we flew. As we were setting up our Cabelas Big Country tent, we had no idea that we'd be the biggest house on the block as our tent was massive. After a little grunt work we had a fine tent, and using our Tool-Logic SL-3 fire starter, we had a raging fire and pre-seasoned hamburgers flaming on the grill. Finally we began to relax and the thought of being this close to Mother Nature was getting clearer in our minds. The crackling of the fire and the whispering winds flashing across the hillside was truly peaceful. The stars were bright and with no cloud cover, it meant the night was going to be chilly. That's when the first of many really strange noises started to reveal from the dark tree line. It seems coyotes roam close to the campgrounds and types of sleeping bags for camping during the night the possums and raccoons love to grab any souvenirs they can while unsuspecting campers lie asleep. The first little scavenger was spotted while trying to creep along the wood line and escape the flashlight. The yelps of the coyotes began to grow closer echoing through the trees from across the valley and I decided slip into my sleeping bag and crash out in our temporary mansion.

Morning brought the annoying buzzing of our editor's cell phone. After half an hour of hitting the snooze button, we all wanted to beat him with the firewood axe. Crisp cool air filled the tent and none of us wanted to move, but with the Coal Creek mountain trails calling, we seemed to build up good motivation. We brought along with us two rides that suited our needs for this trip, the Kawasaki Brute Force 650 and our Arctic Cat XTZ1000. We packed our supplies and headed out for a full day of daylight-to-dark exploring. The first trail took us up winding hill climbs, and we popped out right at the base of the Coal Creek mining property near Horseshoe ridge. After a short run up some scenic paved sections we hit the first trailhead, which would become trail #24. I personally loved this trail as we rounded the mountainside several times scanning all the majestic views and it brought us to our first wow moment. Gazing off a cliff over the valley from which we had just ascended was absolutely breathtaking. This small part of our day would forever be a reminder that we should be thankful for all we have. There had been a small memorial to a husband and friend placed here, which was a subtle reminder to not take life for granted.

Moving on into the ride we found the trails to be anywhere from beginner to downright technically challenging. Staying on the marked path meant that we at least had a good direction and chance of making it to the next trailhead. We came out of trail #24 and picked up #17 to get us further up the mountain. The famous waterfall off of trail #16 would be our second destination and it seemed to be hiding from us really well. The trails are marked on the map we received at camp, but most have a few new alternate sections. After a couple of missed turns we finally stood in awe at the secret the mountain had been hiding. An incredible forty-foot rolling waterfall fell into the pool below that formed what we believed to be the east fork of Stoney Flat Creek. One man and his son had driven their Jeep through many of the trails on which we had narrowly guided our ATVs and joined us at the falls. Meeting new faces was just part of the experience during our adventure and we even came across a few guys that had a killer getaway planned like ourselves. The only difference, they were riding Coal Creek this day and for the next two days they had planned to venture to two other ORV areas close by.


Riding up into the area of Long Trace Ridge we picked up trail #18 and headed due north. The elevation was taking us skyward with every turn and the sights just kept getting better. After heading out the gravel for about 6 of the total 8.6-mile TVA windmill road, we picked up gravel road 2 for the 2.2 miles into the Windrock fields nestled quietly in the peaks of Buffalo Mountain. At an amazing 3,317 ft above sea level the view again had its effect on all of us. This is where we found the massive windmills that generate power for the surrounding counties. If you have never stood at the feet of one of these engineering marvels, it's a must see. The blades on the windmills can be heard cutting through the wind and it really gave us insight into our miniscule existence in the big scheme of things. The sun was slowly finding its way westward and after our trip around the windmills we decided to head back to camp before dark. This is when we realized we hadn't really seen even a small part of the trails and sights that the Coal Creek had to offer. There were old hand-hewn coalmines left in those hills that captured our imagination, but that would have to be another day. In fact, you can add Rattle rock, Caryville flats, and the radar base to that list. Plans of a new ride began to fill the conversation as everyone geared up for the trip down the mountain.

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As the sun crested over the pines, we cranked up our Yamaha EF2000iS inverter generator so that we could fire up our computers to assure ourselves that we got amazing photos. This little generator was quiet and gave us enough power without waking up the adjacent campers to bring a little modern convenience to our camp. Now that our work was done, we chilled for another cool night in front of our warm fire and reflected back on our great fall adventure. It was a brilliant end to an even greater day with friends. If this adventure proves anything, it's the fact that we need to get out and ride more. For those who've not done the Coal Creek/Windrock experience, we promise that you will not be disappointed.

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Re: Dessinez vous vos proches?

Message par Cayu » 01 sept. 2017, 21:12

Coucou firosiro,
Je n'ai jamais beaucoup dessiné de portraits personnellement, mais je suis certaine que certains ici auront la possibilité de t'aider; moi j'ai déjà une question pour toi : quel style comptes-tu adopter pour faire ce(s) portrait(s) ? Je veux dire, un style réaliste ou quelque chose de plus caricatural (où les particularités de chacun comme tu dis sont très très très importants) ? Il y a beaucoup de manières d'aborder un dessin, et donc un portrait, ce qui fait que te conseiller sans savoir quel style de dessin tu as l'habitude d'adopter peut être difficile :)


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