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610 On the Streets 2012-03-29

insdie the Light HOuse

Living Light House

The University of Tennessee's Living Light House, an entry into the Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon, is being displayed at Centennial Park. The solar house has been at the park for about a month now and this weekend will be the last chance to take a peak at the innovative house.

The hours to visit the house are from 1 to 6 on Friday and 12 to 4 on Saturday and Sunday. If you are in the area, it is worth a stop to see the future.


outside the lighthouse


It's too bad the house was not going to be a part of the Earth Day Celebration in April.

Nature Valley's Trail View

Google started it all with the Street View on their Google Maps ... now, Nature Valley has funded a Trail View. A videos were taken while walking popular trails in Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks. Now you can see what the trail looks like on the screen of your computer.

It is an incredible video. When I watched the Great Smoky Mountain videos, my streaming connection was not great; but the idea was. The video is just like street view. You can look to the side, straight ahead, stop, or turn around. The video could also be sped up to 5x the normal speed for a fast hike.

Hopefully, the videos will inspire hikers and adventurers to get out and walk the trails.

By the way, we really like Nature Valley Granola Bars. We only eat them while on trips, but the plain bars are a satisfying snack.

Ransom School

The old Ransom School near West End Middle School is being torn down. The demolition team has been hard at work leveling the small school building.

With a big Caterpillar excavator the operator used the bucket/shovel to tear down the walls and load the debris into dump trucks.

On my daily run, I often take a route near the school. In the parking area of the school (adjacent to the building being torn down) was a sign on a street pole that stated the law that prohibited smoking on school property. After seeing the sign, I glanced up at the overly large operator of the extremely large excavator and saw that - he was smoking.

I thought about reminding the overly large operator that he was in a no smoking area, but then he swung the big shovel around and knocked down yet another large section of wall. Smiling, I decided the best thing for me to do was - to run along home. : - )

Happy metro trails


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