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2012 winter hike

Bays Mountain winter hike 2012

Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium is a 3500 acre nature preserve in Northeast Tennessee.

We hiked all the way up to the fire tower today, and the view was well worth it.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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What were you using as a weight on the parachute? How did it do?
Comment by Heath Sun Jan 8 14:04:28 2012
We didn't actually make the parachute --- someone had left it behind. (From the carefully drawn circle on the fabric and the strongly stitched threads, I suspect a mother made it for her kid.) The weight was a bolt, but I don't think the whole thing was designed all that well. Maybe the fabric was too heavy, the wind too hard, or the bolt too heavy/light --- it fell pretty fast. We left it behind for the next person, though....
Comment by anna Sun Jan 8 16:40:13 2012

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