You are as much serving God in looking after your own children, and training them
up in God’s fear, and minding the house, and making your household a church for
God, as you would be if you had been called to lead an army to battle for the Lord of
hosts. Charles Spurgeon
The Canyons, where we are building our house, is at the foot of Signal Mountain, in an area called Falling Water.
Look closely at the photo below, I took it while walking in our neighborhood.
We'll call the circles 1, 2, and 3; from left to right.
This house is what you see in the first circle. I was bound and determined to find it. I could see it's uniqueness, even from below. I knew if I could find the basic area, I could find the house.
Circle number 2: Falling Water Falls. The 110 foot high waterfall is on Little Falling Water Creek, and drops over the resistant sandstone cap of the Cumberland Plateau.
The small cliff top section of the 136 acre natural area, is in Walden, while most of the natural area is located below the falls in the town of Soddy Daisy.
The entrance trail has only 3 parking spaces, and is a neighborhood. The walk to the falls is only 2/10 of a mile, and took us only 6 minutes, walking very slowly with Jenna.
It was an easy walk, mostly level paths with only tree roots to worry about. There was a couple of feet to "climb" down to get to the creek, but still easily managed by all.
The kids enjoyed the creek area, as we took them, one-by-one,
closer to the edge, to see the falls and view.
I hung onto a little pine tree to get this close to the edge for the picture below.
DH walked to the edge of the falls for the picture below.
Now scroll back up to the picture with circles, this is #3.
The rock-face that I love so much, I'm strange like that.
When we move into our house in late January, I will see this gorgeous scene, every day, for the rest of my life (unless I'm away on a trip).
Here is the view of the rock-face from the falls.
It's neat to be on the main highways below, and know exactly where the rock-face is.
Getting there was fun too! There are a couple of "W" roads going up Signal Mountain. Last time we were on Signal Mountain, a lady warned us about this one.
But, we actually discovered another much sharper "W" road. To make one interior curve, coming down, I actually had to back up, because I could not turn sharp enough.
Gates are at the tops and bottoms of these "W" roads, so that no one uses them during icy weather.
Toto--I thought we were still in the south?!?!?! Do ya'll remember, when we were on the farm in Cullman, I said I never wanted to live any further north?? Eating my words, once again,
I LOVE IT HERE!!!!!!!!!!!! (at least 'til winter)