We always go for the things that are the most-est, the tallest, the biggest, so we naturally had to go see the highest waterfall east of the Rockies. Here, in a wonderful gorge in the Tennessee mountains, we got to marvel at this site.
Nature had a big place in a story that unfolded in nearby Dayton, Tennessee. In 1925, it was the scene of the dramatic Scopes trial that pitted William Jennings Bryan against Clarence Darrow, in what became a debate over the origins of man. Amazingly, they have completely preserved the courtroom, and have lots of artifacts in the basement museum. However, I didn’t sense a great deal of sympathy for the losing side – or even much ambiguity in the local attitude, judging from Bryan’s statue outside the courthouse, and the local college bearing his name following his creationist point of view.
So Bryan won that round, a literal reading of the Bible prevailed, and you sense that things haven’t changed much in Dayton.
Don checked out a yoga class at the local Y, which proclaims on its web site: “The Rhea Family YMCA has totally divorced any Eastern Religion from this class.’
Oh boy. But it sure is pretty here.