A few friends and I recently roadtripped to Crossville Tennessee to see the world’s largest treehouse and few state parks.
If you know me at all, you know how much I hate getting up early. I’ll rarely even talk before 10am. However, the invitation to a go on an adventure is the one chance I’ll break my weekend snoozing habits, pretend to be sunshine-y (when I’m actually storm clouds inside), and hop on the trail to a day of fun and picture taking.
This particular Saturday, we left Chattanooga before the sun even had a chance to peek from behind the fog filled fields of rural highway 127.
We arrived at the treehouse around 11am and I instantly knew it was everything I hoped it would be. The treehouse is more than just a unique landmark that belongs on HGTV’s Home Strange Home. In 1993, Horace Burgess was praying when God told him that if he would begin building a treehouse, He would provide the materials. Flash forward 14 years and only $12,000, and the 97 foot tall treehouse was finished and open to the public.
Here are some of my favorite shots from this trip-
I was so sorry when it was time to leave that beautiful home. Someday I’ll go back with more time to spare.
*Please note, because it was not build to commercial code, the treehouse is now closed to visitors and it is illegal to enter without the owner’s permission. It is not a commercial property, so it is trespassing to sneak in.
On our way to Fall Creek Falls, we made a quick pit stop at Cumberland Mountain State Park. It is a beautiful park, but we wanted to make it to the falls before evening, so we moved on fairly quickly.
Finally, we made it to Fall Creek Falls State Park. The view from the first overlook is absolutely breathtaking.
At 256 feet tall, Fall Creek Falls is the tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi. There are several other waterfalls at the 26,000 acre park, but because we got there late and hiked down, we only visited the main attraction this trip.
Of course, when you’re with a group of photographers in a beautiful place, you simply have to do a photoshoot. The rest of the photos from here down were not taken by me, they were shot by Kayla Dalusong or Alex Ciaramitaro and edited from RAW by me.
Behind the scenes bonus material! After I came out of the water I couldn’t stop shaking. Like, literally 10 minutes later and my teeth were still chattering. So being the wonderful people that they are, my friends covered me with every little bit of material we had so I could change. Alex even gave up his jacket to wrap me up afterwards (even though he was soaked from sitting by the water to shoot). They’re basically angels.
All in all, I count this a one of my favorite days of 2015. After dreaming about giant treehouses and scenic cities, I got to experience both in a 24 hour span… I guess it was worth waking up early.